2007-10-25 / Front Page

Star struck Jamestowners attend city premiere

By Donna K. Drago

Police in real life Police officers John Areson, with Jen Eagles, Susie and Mark Esposito, and Joel and Brandy Pinocci, were in the audience for the premiere of "Dan in Real Life," on Tuesday night. Photo by Donna Drago Police in real life Police officers John Areson, with Jen Eagles, Susie and Mark Esposito, and Joel and Brandy Pinocci, were in the audience for the premiere of "Dan in Real Life," on Tuesday night. Photo by Donna Drago Some 300 island residents were complimentary guests at Tuesday night's premiere of "Dan In Real Life," a Touchstone film shot in Jamestown from October to December of last year. The event was held at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Steven Feinberg of the RI Film and TV Office introduced special members of the audience including Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, who was announced to whoops and hollers from the heavy Jamestown audience.

The movie features Steve Carell, of television's "The Office," stand-up funnyman Dane Cook and the seductive French actress Juliette Binoche as members of a quirky love triangle.

Island settings for the film included a private property on West Bay View Drive, known as "Riven Rock," as well as the East Ferry area, where a wharf shop was converted into an old-fashioned bookseller's store.

The free tickets were offered to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, who spent a couple of days this week trying to give them all away. Keiser, wearing a dapper navy blazer over a dark sweater, who attended the screening with his wife Mary Ellen, a blonde, wearing a sophisticated black turtleneck, said he tried to get tickets in the hands of people from the schools and the Chamber of Commerce. "I was given a fistful of tickets," Keiser said.

Among those taking Keiser up on the offer of a free movie night were members of the police department.

Sgt. Joel Pinocci was present in a well-fitted medium blue shirt and khaki pants. "I like movies," Pinocci said, noting that he was accompanied by his wife Brandy Pinocci.

Officer John Areson, who was accompanied by Jen Eagles, of Jamestown, said that he was assigned to details during the filming of the movie and that he was a movie buff. "I like action and love stories," Areson said.

Officer Mark Esposito and his wife Susie Esposito were happy to be at the premiere. "I love Steve Carell," said Susie.

Also present were Deb Homer, research librarian from the Jamestown library, along with her sister Suzanne, of Newport. "I came because of the free tickets," Homer said.

Police lieutenant Bill Donovan brought his whole family to the premiere. Warren and Wilson, twins, age 8, Spencer, 14, and wife Terry Donovan, the former Town Clerk of Jamestown, were all present for the screening.

The film is a sophisticated love story, set amidst the vacationing of a multi-generational family that has an historic shingle-style house in Jamestown. During this vacation week, the character played by Steve Carell, meets and falls in love with his younger brother's girlfriend.

Jamestown looks like a great place to visit in many scenes at Riven Rock, where members of the film family play touch football and take aerobics classes on the lawn. East Ferry wharf is featured in several scenes, where Carell and Binoche first meet at the bookshop, as well as inside the ferry terminal that was created for the film, where they set their sights on each other.

After the screening, the overall consensus was that the film was a success.

Mary Kelly, wife of councilman Bill Kelly, said it was "a super movie," and gave it a 10 on a 1 - to 10- scale. Kelly said it was lighthearted, but also serious and she would recommend it to "any age group."

Bruce Keiser enjoyed the film and noted that the credits included a thanks to all the people of Jamestown for their help in making the film a reality. "I would recommend this to my daughters," Keiser said about the film, noting that they were aged 31, 29 and 26.

"There are some good life lessons here," Keiser said about the film, noting "Now, we're on to the Red Sox," who are taking up much of the collective imagination on the island and in the region.

After the screening, Bill and May Munger, of Conanicut Marina, each rated it at 10 out of 10. Phyllis Bedard of Trattoria Simpatico concurred, also giving it the highest score of 10.

Police chief Thomas Tighe also agreed that the film was a hit, and he gave it a 10 on a 1 to 10 scale.

"Dan In Real Life," opens to national audiences tomorrow night. Check the listings in the Providence Journal for specific times and locations.

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