Hometown filming set for Westport native's script
The red carpet is not so many steps away for aspiring screenwriter and Westport native Sarah Koskoff. Her film script, "Hello, I Must Be Going," one of four projects chosen for the Sundance Institute's June 2009 Screenwriters Lab, is poised to begin filming in Westport at her parents' Driftwood Point home.
The lab provides writers like Koskoff the ability to work on scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking, according to Sundance's website. What the lab did not provide Koskoff, however, was financial assistance.
So the film has evolved into a family affair -- Koskoff's parents' residence is a shooting location, she's the screenwriter and the director is Todd Louiso, her husband.
The town's Administrative Review Committee recently granted approval for the filming at the family home, which has the Saugatuck River as a backyard. Two actors set to star in "Hello, I Must Be Going" are Melanie Lynskey of "Two and a Half Men" and Blythe Danner of "Meet the Parents."
While a synopsis of the film was not available from the principals, the website slashfilm.com had the following description: "Divorced, childless, and demoralized, Amy Minsky's prospects look bleak when she is condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 40 -- until the unexpected attention of a bold teenage boy changes everything."
Producer Hans Ritter, who did some location scouting earlier in the week, did say there will be nearly 15 speaking roles and added scenes will likely be filmed along Main Street, the train station and perhaps in Norwalk's SoNo district. The Driftwood Point filming was scheduled to get under way this week.
Attempts to reach Koskoff and Louiso for comment were unsuccessful.