April 30, 2010

Filming 'Wyeth' could put Maine in camera's frame

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Artists Jamie Wyeth, left, and his father, Andrew, who died in 2009, approved the screen play for a major film about America’s first family of art. Producers hope to use Maine locations.

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Devastated by his father's death in 1945, Andrew Wyeth found himself drawn to people like the crippled Christona Olson, whom he immortalized in 1948 in "Christina's World."

Wolf said she began seriously considering shooting in Maine after a conversation with Betsy Evans Hunt, a friend and a former board member of the Portland Museum of Art. Hunt, who lives in Maine, and Wolf serve on the board of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

She told Hunt that she was making the Wyeth movie and considering shooting the Maine scenes in Canada or Massachusetts. "She would not have it," Wolf said.

"She said, 'If there is anything I can do to help lure you here to have this film shot where it should be, I will do it.' She was an advocate."

Giardin said Maine has much to offer -- and a lot to lose.

"We've got a great workforce here and some knockout locations, and everybody knows it. Maine's got the look. We want them to shoot in Maine for the authenticity of it," she said.

Wolf, without committing to shooting in Maine, said she and her team will make every effort to make as much of the movie as possible in Maine.

"We're really excited about being able to use authentic locations. That is our goal. It's hard to re-create Maine's particular sumptuous coastline," he said.

Likely locations include many of the Wyeth haunts along the midcoast, including the family's private island homes.

Wolf said the family has given its blessing to the movie. Andrew Wyeth read and approved the screenplay, Wolf said.

"I'm sorry that he will not be able to see it, but he was behind it and told us not to go easy on him."

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