EXCLUSIVE: Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, Tom Lennon, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks and Ian McShane are toplining Pottersville. The indie dramatic comedy from Perlman’s Wing and a Prayer Pictures and Shannon’s Plot Four Productions just wrapped shooting on Wing and a Prayer’s turf in Upstate New York. Seth Henrikson directed the script by Dan Meyer.
The plot centers on Maynard (Shannon), a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times. When Brock Masterson (Lennon), reality TV’s “Monster Hunter,” arrives to hunt the beast, Maynard agonizes over whether to come clean, destroying the rebirth of his beloved town, or perpetuate the inadvertent hoax.
The pic is the first produced in conjunction with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, enabled by New York state’s film tax credit. The film was shot in the Upstate village of Hamilton and the Central New York Film Hub, a state economic development model designed to build a film and TV industry in the Syracuse area while providing next-generation innovations, workforce training and student involvement. Perlman’s Wing and a Prayer Pictures is located there.
“Governor Cuomo is creating a vibrant ecosystem in Central New York, coupling high tech with the creative and visual arts for a job-creation strategy that isn’t just about making movies but about remaking a region,” said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, president and CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. “With a bustling movie hub and a building to house advanced LED lighting manufacturer Soraa under construction, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries is already a resounding success that is adding vibrancy and jobs in Central New York.”
Shannon is repped by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and attorney David Krintzman. Greer is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Eric Suddleson. Lennon is repped by UTA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Karl R. Austen. Perlman is repped by Gersh and Link Entertainment. Hendricks is repped by ICM Partners, Link Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman. McShane is repped by ICM Partners, Gallant Management and attorney Mark Wetzstein.
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