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Kemptville Community Grocer Turns Into Disney Set

Preparing for filming of made-for-tv Disney movie at B&H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

By Maggie M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, theWedge.LIVE

“Jim, there’s a hole in your strawberry merchandising,” I alerted Jim Beveridge, owner of B & H Your Community Grocer in Kemptville when I attended to cover this unique event.

“Yes, a woman ate a strawberry from a basket and then announced she was allergic to strawberries,” Beveridge replied his eyes widening like saucers about the fright it gave him. Then his voice dropped, monotone, preparing me for the punchline. “Then I realized she was acting as scripted.”

It must have been challenging while merchandising his store to remember that this time, it wasn’t for real.

L – R : Stephanie Burbano and Tara Burr, Set Decorators, prepare for filming of Turkey Drop at B&H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Day one was calm when I appeared at the store closed to the public. A small crew were removing products from shelves and re-stocking to create three independent store environments for the film, “Turkey Drop.” It’s a made-for-TV movie set in rural, Hailey, Idaho. The scarecrow is a character in the film.

Day two was mayhem.

To be fair, it was organized mayhem. The production company from Ottawa, One Department, functioned like a well-oiled machine. Everyone had their assigned tasks and worked at a fast clip to, “not be shooting until midnight.”

Award-winning Canadian Director, Jerry Ciccoritti, leads filming of Disney movie at B&H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

It was also the day I met award-winning and renown Canadian Director, Jerry Ciccoritti, and his dog, Peppino. “That’s Spanish for cucumber,” he qualified. I’ve never met a film Director this “cool as a cucumber.”

Ciccoritti hails from Toronto. His work is impressive including period pieces, on locations worldwide. Wait for it, he directed Sophia Loren. You may also recognize him for directing the Canadian TV comedy, Schitt’s Creek. I imagine the Freeform Network owned by Walt Disney Television, who will be airing the film, sought his precise credentials for this project.

Light and sound crew await their cues at filming of movie at B&H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Trailers for talent and crew at filming of movie at B&H Your Community Grocer, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Townsfolk were skulking behind supply trucks, fascinated and excited, and keeping their distance. The store was closed to anyone who was not approved crew, but Beveridge was publicly apologetic in the local paper, The North Grenville Times, for the two-day closure. B & H has a profound following in the region. Many say, “it feels like home.”

Judy and Jim Beveridge were present keeping a close eye on every corner of the store, and evidently enjoying the process.

Jim and Judy Beveridge, B&H Your Community Grocer, hosts to Disney movie production, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Garren Dunbar, Art Director, removes community board at B&H Your Community Grocer, hosts to Disney movie production, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Camera tech prepares camera at B&H Your Community Grocer, hosts to Disney movie production, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Set decorating at B&H Your Community Grocer, hosts to Disney movie production, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Flower section at B&H Your Community Grocer transformed into wine-tasting set for Disney movie production, Kemptville, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

All this prep was only for a few scenes in Turkey Drop. Other scenes were also shot downtown Arnprior on its beautifully restored main road. Movie-making demands a lot of human energy, time and money. The wedge brings you an insider’s peek.

Turkey Drop is a Thanksgiving movie to air this November on the Freeform Network.


MORE INFO (Fair Use Act, Fair Dealing):

Freeform has picked up new holiday movie Turkey Drop, from Muse Entertainment, starring Olivia Holt (Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger) for premiere during the network’s Kick Off to Christmas programming block in November. READ MORE

Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is set to star opposite Olivia Holt in Freeform’s new holiday movie Turkey Drop, from Muse Entertainment. Production began this week on the holiday feature, which is set to premiere Saturday, November 23 at 9 PM ET during Freeform’s Kickoff to Christmas programming block. READ MORE

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