AMVETS saves the day at film shooting in Brighton; Talker pitches in.

AMVETS saves the day at film shooting in Brighton; Talker pitches in.

local film production artist, Brighton, 9/10/17

In the last ten days, we’ve been hearing about how John Lithgow and Blythe Danner are in town filming, according to the D & Ca “love story.”

The latest location was the corner of Troy and Brooklawn in Brighton.  The two days of filming drew curious and sizable crowds who enjoyed the appearance of Lithgow and Danner.

When Talker arrived at about 11:30am on Sunday, we got the inside scoop.  A truck from the Henrietta AMVETS Thrift Center, run by the American Veterans National Service Foundation, was parked in the driveway while three people were loading up boxes filled with thrift store material.stuff

As I learned from the local production artist who was helping two AMVET volunteers, John and Sally, Blythe Danner’s character is a hoarder. The production team needed to fill up her house to the brim with a lifetime supply of garage sale items.  AMVETS offered to provide the material, filled up the truck and delivered the stuff to the site.


AMVETS volunteer Sally (left) and production artist

Today, the truck came back to retrieve the dozens of boxes, which included new donated items.  So it was a win for the local film scene and a win for AMVETS.


Contents of one box

As the film production artist (she decline to give her name) said, the film could not have been made except for the kindliness of AMVETS.  It was she who offered the headline: “AMVETS saves the day.”

Because Talker supports AMVETS, we lent a 2



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With AMVETS volunteer John [Photo: Production artist]


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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