2011-03-31 / News

New Wes Anderson film will include scenes from Jamestown

Steven Feinberg, the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, has confirmed that director Wes Anderson will make his next feature film – “Moonrise Kingdom” – in Rhode Island. The film will include scenes filmed in Jamestown.

Anderson, who was nominated for an Academy Award last year, will include award-winning actors in the film such as Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Francis McDormand and Jason Schwartzman.

“Moonrise Kingdom” is scheduled to begin principal photography this spring in numerous locations around the state.

“This is a spectacular moment in Rhode Island film history,” Feinberg said. “Wes Anderson is one of America’s most unique cinematic storytellers of our day. He not only brings his own artistic style to film, he also attracts a treasure trove of high profile talent to each production he works on. This wonderful story, in particular, is whimsical, nostalgic and rich in atmosphere. We are very pleased that our hard-working local crew, talent pool and exceptional Rhode Island locations will be given the opportunity to shine in a movie that will be seen by a world-wide audience.”

State Rep. Gordon Fox said that the movie could help the state’s struggling economy. “Not only is it exciting to have so many well-known Hollywood actors coming to Rhode Island for a major film production, but most importantly, this production will generate much needed revenue for our state’s economy,” Fox said. “Movies like this one continue to keep our talented local crew members employed and our state’s hospitality and tourism industries will once again greatly benefit.”

State Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed agreed with Fox. “This exciting project is an example of the ways in which Rhode Island can build upon its strengths to foster job creation,” she said. “Our beautiful state is both diverse and compact, which lends itself wonderfully to the demands of the film industry. This project can help Rhode Island workers through jobs and internships in the film industry, use of Rhode Island vendors, and further promotion of our state through exposure of its many magnifi- cent characteristics in a feature film.”

Anderson has most recently directed the films “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Feinberg will be at the Jamestown Philomenian Library tonight – Thursday, March 31 – at 7 p.m. to further discuss the movie.

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