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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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