I was blissfully unaware of the hysteria - I mean - excitement surround the filming of Joe Lincoln's Cap'n Eri, presently dubbed "Chatham."
For most of that week, I was either up-Cape or on Nantucket. Although I did run into a few poseurs when I ventured downtown to CVS or Dunkin' Donuts. You could have cut the attitudes with a knife.
Several years ago, I predicted that entertainment would be a growth area for Chatham's economy. This was in part because of the light of the Cape, which painters like Edward Hopper discovered back in the 1920s. And in part because of the architecture of downtown Chatham. If we only had a waterfront, we'd be all set.
Then came "Summer Catch." And now "Chatham."
We're being showcased, folks. It's only a matter of time. So be one of those who get in on the ground floor of the area's budding film production industry. We have plenty of willing extras, and as for aspiring writers, well, to quote Tony Shaloub in Barton Fink: "Jesus, throw a rock in here, you'll hit one. And do me a favor, Fink: throw it hard."
But the our local government also has to be proactive here. Perhaps the Selectman should use some of the slack time at meetings (during, say, waste water hearings or the public forum) to work on some script ideas. Here are some ideas they could develop:
The Day Before Yesterday: The Sequel to The Day After Tomorrow, in which a shorefront town, faced with imminent ecological catastrophe from a barrier beach breaking where is has done regularly every 75 years, wrestles with the challenge of whether to keep everything the same by altering nature by spending millions or face the possible loss of uptown.
(read the rest of the column at the Cape Cod Chronicle here)