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August 23, 2014
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Martha at the Callicoon Theater


Many extras were cast locally for scenes at both the farm and lake house. Shooting was scheduled for four weeks, and during that time I travelled back and forth between set, the editing room and my mom’s house, where I and my assistant editor Dean were living. For meals, we alternated between the Whistle Stop, Main Street Cafe, the Pizza Place and on-set catering. We visited Roasters a few times daily for coffee and we garnered quite a few looks when we sauntered into the Narrowsburg Inn for drinks late one Wednesday.

“Where you from?” the bartender asked.

“Here,” I answered. He looked confused.

Filming wrapped and I finished the first assembly of the film before packing the editing room back up (thanks again, Mom, for vacuuming) and moving back to the city to finish the film. On a tight editing schedule, Sean and I worked as fast as we could. Three months later, we premiered MMMM at Sundance. Sean won Best Director and Fox Searchlight picked it up before the end of the festival.

I am very much looking forward to seeing “Martha Marcy May Marlene” at the Callicoon Theater this coming weekend. I’ll be attending the Saturday evening screening. It’ll actually be the first time that I see it on film.

I should say that it’s not an easy film. It’s rated R, and definitely deals with some tough stuff. Nevertheless, it’s a film that will you make you think and talk. And it’s particularly fun knowing that it was shot right here in Sullivan County.