Scene around area - Director films in native NEPA
Feature movie Trust Me
Scene around area
films in native NEPA
Heim barely recognized the inside of his Wilkes-Barre duplex Tuesday, after a
film crew transformed it into a messy apartment.
Heims South Franklin
Street residence became the home of Charlie, the lead character in an upcoming
feature film, Trust Me, written and directed by West Hazleton native
Most of Heims furniture was temporarily hauled out and
swapped with thrift store finds. The character Charlie was downtrodden in the
scene shot Monday morning, so junk food wrappings and other debris were scattered
about the place.
Its amazing to watch, said Heim, 75, a
well-known local artist. I had no idea of the amount of people involved
in making a film.
Scenes will also be filmed during the two weeks or
so at several area locations, including the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs
in Plains Township, Coopers Seafood House in Pittston and PNC Bank in Mountain
Top, said Marina Donahue, the films co-writer and co-producer.
said the Wilkes-Barre filming locations will include the River Common, the Gallery
of Sound, the Place One womens clothing store,
Quad Three Group Inc., the Little Theatre, the Stegmaier Mansion and Bell Home
Filming also will take place at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster,
she said. Crews will edit the film during the summer with the goal of completing
a rough cut by September for consideration in the Sundance Film Festival, said
Donahue, of Summit, N.J.
Fetchko scouted the area and knocked on doors looking
for prospective filming locations that had the necessary physical characteristics,
Fetchko, who now lives in Mountain Top, said during a brief
conversation Monday that he wanted to highlight Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Setting it in the area was a no-brainer for me, he said.
inspired by directors life
His film career started in 1998 when he co-wrote and produced Everythings
Jake, a film about two homeless men in New York City that was released by
Warner Brothers in 2007. He also produced the feature film, Eavesdrop,
which was written and directed by Matthew Miele and released by Shoreline Entertainment
The plot of Trust Me was largely inspired by Fetchkos
decision to leave a stable accounting career to manage a rock band, his experience
managing The Badlees and a past choice to put his work over a relationship with
a woman he loved, according to his online blog about the movie.
The film tells
the story of Charlie, who quits a high-paying job on Wall Street to manage a struggling
rock band. Charlies battle to balance ambition and love spirals into
a romantic, financial, and emotional tailspin, culminating in a last-ditch effort
to put on the most unique rock concert of all time, said a movie description
released by Fetchko.
New York City actor Sean Modica has been cast as Charlie.
Actress Lynn Cohen, who played Mirandas housekeeper on the HBO series Sex
and the City, is Charlies nosy yet concerned neighbor, Mrs. Joshman.
In the scene filmed Tuesday, Mrs. Joshman burst into Charlies apartment
and pushed him to get off the couch and face his problems.
Cohen hung out
on the sidewalk in front of Heims home between shoots, dressed in a housedress
she had to wear in that scene. Modica also walked around in a frayed, stained
sweatshirt, with unkempt hair and a beard.
The scene will be shown toward
the end of the movie, but it had to be filmed first because Modica had to grow
a beard that was to be shaved Tuesday afternoon for the rest of filming, Donahue
Fetchko said he will release the names of all actors and musicians featured
in the film at a later date, though he noted that area resident David DeCosmo,
who has worked in local television, has been cast as Charlies father.
Jovi engineer helps film
Music will be an instrumental part of the film,
and Bon Jovis sound engineer, Obie OBrien, will supervise the films
music, live recordings and soundtrack, said Donahue.
Hes a huge
catch, Donahue said. We have incredible music in this film.
In the scene to be filmed at the River Common, Charlie and his girlfriend will
stroll through the park along the Susquehanna River and encounter an animal adoption
area, Donahue said. Charlies supportive girlfriend will cuddle a puppy she
wants to take home, but he keeps walking, oblivious.
Hes so wrapped
up in his work that he tends not to pay attention to what is important, which
is his girlfriend, Donahue said.
scene at Place One will focus on the girlfriend, an aspiring fashion designer
who initially shelves her dreams to bolster Charlie. Place One will become the
girlfriends movie workplace, where she sketches her own designs when shes
not busy selling prom gowns, Donahue said.
A crew of roughly 80 is involved in the filming, from camera operators and sound
experts to wardrobe and art people, Donahue said.
Interns manned the perimeter
of the set Tuesday to make sure passersby did not get too noisy or pass into the
Ryan Hertel, who graduated from Dallas High School last week,
said he volunteered to work as an intern without pay because getting involved
in a movie would be interesting and stand out on his resume. He met movie crew
members from New York and Los Angeles on set Tuesday.
This is really
cool. There are some really talented people here, Hertel said.
was in his glory mingling with the crew Tuesday. Donahue said he will get a role
because hes very, very sweet and a bit of a darling of
The films set designers repainted a second-floor bedroom
of his home gray for a scene. He rejected their offer to return the room to its
original appearance when filming is over, saying he wants it to stay the way it
looked in the film. He said his house might be part of a tour someday if the film
I plan on becoming more obnoxious than I was before, if thats
possible, he jokingly said, feigning celebrity status.
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Break out the sparkly jewelry
and perfectly pinned and sprayed up-dos – prom season
We spoke to the owners of Prom Excitement in Edwardsville and
Place One in Wilkes-Barre to find out what’s catching
the eyes of prom-goers this year.
1. No such thing as too much bling. Prom is all about making
a statement and, this year, girls can do that in a big way,
“Jewels are cut in square and oval shapes, and they’re
really, really big, like an inch or two big,” Kathy Nardone
of Prom Excitement said.
The jewels most often adorn the bust area, while some actually
make up the entire neckline.
“Some dress collars are made up of solely big, different-shaped
jewels,” Michaelene Coffee, of Place One Hollywood, said.
Small jewels also are still in style, as long as they’re
“Many girls look to dresses that are completely beaded,”
Coffee said. “From top to bottom, there isn’t a
bit of the dress not covered by some sort of beading.”
2. More bang for your buck. The price of these one-time wears
has gone up over the years, but parents will be happy to know
there’s a practical dress out there that can be worn on
more than one occasion.
“They’ve become convertible,” Nardone said.
“The dress is short in the front and long in the back,
and the back portion can be removed.”
“Girls can have a more formal look for the prom but be
able to remove that part for a cute, flirty cocktail dress,”
This style highlights an accessory that falls in step with the
“Shoes are becoming very important,” Nardone said.
“They want their shoes to be seen. It’s another
way to make a fashion statement. The more decorated, the better.”
3.Color crazy. Every year there’s a stand-out color. This
time around, a regal hue is taking center stage.
“Purple is everywhere,” Coffee said. “It doesn’t
matter if it’s dark or light.”
“Red is the second most popular color this year,”
Nardone said. “We also can’t keep ivory and nude
in the store for very long.”
4.Fit to print. “Ten years ago you would never see a print
on a prom dress,” Coffee said. “Now they’re
Head-to-toe print is most popular, as opposed to pattern on
a section of the dress.
A variety of prints is available.
“Watercolor prints, paisley, animal,” Coffee said.
“It can really be anything. There’s a lot to choose
5. Loosen up? Never. “Tight, tight, tight,” Nardone
said. “It comes down to being form fitting, demure.”
One such silhouette that follows this notion, without completely
restricting mobility, is the mermaid.
“The dress can be tight to the hip, or all the way down
to the knee, and then it flares out at the bottom,” Nardone
said. “It gives you height and slenderness.”
Nardone said these styles are nods to the celebrity world of
“The body-hugging dresses are exactly what you’d
see on the red carpet.