BIG STONE GAP — In the words of Barney Fife, this is big. This is really big.
Filming is to begin Saturday and continue through around the middle of next month on the cinematic adaptation of Adriana Trigiani's novel, 'Big Stone Gap,' and if the size and enthusiasm of the crowd of locals at Mountain Empire Community College on Monday is any indication, this is really, really big.
A native daughter of Big Stone Gap who works and resides in New York City, Trigiani is a best selling author, playwright, television script writer and documentary filmmaker who has invested much of the last 15 years into negotiating, cajoling and maneuvering for a movie project based on her novel bearing the title of her hometown.
On Monday Trigiani displayed more than a little performing flair of her own at MECC, managing very well to whip up local enthusiasm for a project that boasts the cinematic talents of an Ashley Judd, a Patrick Wilson and a Whoopi Goldberg.
Not that Trigiani had a lot of whipping up to do, seeing how the excitement meter on Monday's crowd bounced into redline giddy at times, but still the hometown favorite girl who done good pushed her audience, and all around, to shuck any lingering smalltown shyness and "bring your kids and grandkids" to be extras as filming goes along.
The experience will be a special treat not just for individuals, she said, but 20 years and longer down the road "something your families will treasure." To facilitate that process go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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