Rumford rejects Los Angeles actor's request to close side streets for filming

Terry Karkos/Sun Journal

Rumford Board of Selectmen Chairman Greg Buccina shares his concerns Thursday night about a Los Angeles filmmaker/actor's request to close a couple of side streets for a day of filming without disclosing the street names and filming schedule to selectmen. Town Manager Carlo Puiia listens at right.

RUMFORD — Anxiety over the unknown led selectmen Thursday night to unanimously reject a request from a Los Angeles filmmaker/actor to close a few side streets later this month for filming.

Neither Gavin Peretti nor anyone representing him came to the meeting, as requested, to provide the board with details, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said.

Peretti sent the town an email on Nov. 26, saying his crew would be shooting the film "all over the area from Rangeley to Jackman" and wanted permission to close a few streets for a day in Rumford.

He said the date would likely be between Dec. 14 and 20. The crew would also shoot footage at a private residence in Rumford on another day, but Peretti said that wouldn't affect the public.

Peretti provided the premise of his movie, "The Guide," saying it is about a hunting guide who takes a couple of rich New York stockbrokers on a deer hunt.

"Trouble is, he is slowly coming unhinged and begins to think that the two men are the drug dealers that is messing with his daughter," Peretti said. "He then begins to hunt them."

After Selectman Brad Adley motioned to approve the request and Selectman Jolene Lovejoy seconded, for discussion only, Selectman Chairman Greg Buccina suggested tabling the matter until Peretti or a representative could provide details.

However, Selectman Jeff Sterling said the board doesn't meet again until Dec. 20.

Lovejoy suggested giving Puiia and police Chief Stacy Carter the authority to handle the matter.

Carter, however, said he is concerned about residents on the unknown streets and how closing the streets would affect them.

Resident Kevin Saisi objected to the film's premise, speculating that because it involves drugs, it might put Rumford in a bad light.

For that reasoning and the possibility that the filmmaker could have the protagonist gunning for the two stockbrokers on a Rumford street, Buccina said he would not support the motion.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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BONNIE MULLINAX's picture

My apology to Mr. Kevin Saisi

My apology to Mr. Kevin Saisi that I spelled your name wrong in my earlier post.

BONNIE MULLINAX's picture

I do agree with the town

I do agree with the town officials that passing this without the detailed information of which side roads this film wants to close, would be a bad move. Would closing down streets and filming bring in revenue for the town? Probably not much, if any. A movie that has references to drugs putting a bad light on the Town of Rumford? Now that is funny! Rumford has already put itself in a bad light by having a reputation equal to big cities when it comes to drug use! Mr. Sasi the types of drugs that are USED and SOLD in Rumford are no secret if you read the newspaper, so get a grip on reality.

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Way to go Rumford!!!

Instead of being worried about being cast in a bad light, or whether or not residents might be inconvenienced, may be you should have thought about the good light the film may have cast on the town and whether or not residents would have liked having their homes and businesses being seen in a nationally distributed film.
People are inconvenienced all the time by construction and roadwork, and Rumford shows up all the time in the newspaper when drugs are involved so neither of those concerns are really valid.
Kudos to Brad and Jolene for having the courage to take a chance on something that may have cast a positive light on the town. Shame on the rest of you.

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