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Friday, August 10, 2012

Woody Allen Films in Downtown S.F.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Doing what he does best - SUZANNE STATHATOS
  • Suzanne Stathatos
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For years, Woody Allen has traveled the globe shooting movies in some of the world's most beautiful cities. Now, after over four decades, Allen has returned to San Francisco to film his newest comedy.


Today, Woody Allen filmed part of his latest film, a currently untitled comedy, at the intersection of Post and Grant streets. "Cut!" "Action!" and "Rolling" were yelled as Allen tried to compile a scene of Cate Blanchett and an actor who looked like Peter Sarsgaard exiting a beige vehicle and walking across the street. Although it doesn't sound terribly exciting, hundreds of spectators peered from all angles.


Production assistants and security guards had to swat them away like flies from honey directed pedestrian traffic as Allen directed cast and crew outside of Shreve & Co.

His new flick, which will be filmed around the city through the month of August, tells the story of a New Yorker who moves in with her sister in San Francisco after running into financial difficulties, Susannah Greason Robbins, executive director of SF Film Commission, told SF Weekly. The cast is also rumored to include Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K.

Not much else is known about the upcoming movie.

"Only the actors get the script," Robbins said. "We're given very little information because Woody Allen does keep his storylines very close to his chest."

Allen fit right in to the San Francisco scene today, with his droopy fisherman hat, his oversized eyeglasses, his passion for independent films, and his many quirks that seem to make him cool. And San Francisco welcomes him: "This will be a great help to us as far as attracting other productions in the future," Robbins said. They "will see you can shoot in San Francisco and shoot affordably."

The film, produced by New York-based Perdido Productions, is expected to be released by the end of 2013.


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