Big Stone Gap experiences movie's "bi...

Big Stone Gap experiences movie's "big" debut

There are 153 comments on the WCYB story from Oct 30, 2013, titled Big Stone Gap experiences movie's "big" debut. In it, WCYB reports that:

The town of Big Stone Gap is on its way to the big screen with the filming of a movie underway.

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“Writer and General Geek”

Since: Feb 08

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#1 Oct 31, 2013
I don't understand how it's supposed to help anything.

The exact same thing was said about Gate City with "The River" in the 1980s(movie will help tourism, bring in money, promote the town, etc.), and it starred Mel Gibson! No, it didn't help at all.

Local leaders should spend their time, money, and efforts utilizing local talent that's actually local. Not talent that only visits to sell a book or album and then leaves until they can return to sell some more. That kind of desperate groveling creates an incredibly negative image of our communities.
Ellie

Boynton Beach, FL

#2 Oct 31, 2013
Ashley Judd isn't an A-list Actress who is able to carry a major movie. This movie will be in the DVD bargain bins before too long. I read the book and it just isn't that special, so how can the movie be that special. It probably should have been a made for tv movie. It's sad seeing a small town getting excited over a traveling road show that will leave next to nothing when they go.
success or not

United States

#4 Oct 31, 2013
I have to disagree with both of the previous posters. I believe the movie being filmed here can be so much more than just tourism. And, while you may not have liked the book, it was on the NY Times best seller list. The biggest thing I have noticed, besides the negativity, is that the younger generations from here are taking an interest in writing, and in acting. They are seeing that there is more to the world than coal mines and saw mills, and for me that is important. I also don't think the movie is, or should be thought of as the town's saving grace, but it could be capitalized on. Just my two cents.

Lastly, just going by the box office stats, most people would rather see Iron Man 3, or Man of Steel than a "life story".
Resident

Christiansburg, VA

#5 Oct 31, 2013
I totally agree with the comment above. Whether this movie is a big hit or not, it's sparking something in our youth, which is more than I've seen happen in a very long time. These actors and actresses may not be A-list, but they are known, and they are talented.
It's not about making a big movie..Adriana Trigiani is trying to give something back to her hometown and community. And for that, I am grateful. It's not about money or fame, it's about the principle. If you knew her personally, you would understand. She is such a loving and giving person who wants to help anyone and everyone she can. Of course there will be those who will have negative things to say...but if it helps even a little bit, at least that's something. I know one thing, it sure can't hurt this area, it can only help.
TheMovie

Big Stone Gap, VA

#7 Oct 31, 2013
The town government has nothing to do with bringing the movie here, other than agreeing for the last 10 years they'd like for it to be filmed in BSG.

This is Adriana Trigiani's baby. It's her book (originally a screenplay), her hometown, and her efforts got it here. Originally any movie house interested wanted it to be filmed in NC, or as far away as Canada. But she held out until she could get it filmed here. Altar Identity Studios is the producing movie-house (not Big Stone Gap City Council or "local leaders").

And for the record, I'll never watch a movie like Man of Steel or Iron Man. Those movies aren't my preferred genre. They're not the preferred genre of many. Just because you like it doesn't mean everyone else does.
success or not

United States

#8 Oct 31, 2013
TheMovie wrote:
The town government has nothing to do with bringing the movie here, other than agreeing for the last 10 years they'd like for it to be filmed in BSG.

This is Adriana Trigiani's baby. It's her book (originally a screenplay), her hometown, and her efforts got it here. Originally any movie house interested wanted it to be filmed in NC, or as far away as Canada. But she held out until she could get it filmed here. Altar Identity Studios is the producing movie-house (not Big Stone Gap City Council or "local leaders").

And for the record, I'll never watch a movie like Man of Steel or Iron Man. Those movies aren't my preferred genre. They're not the preferred genre of many. Just because you like it doesn't mean everyone else does.
If you reread my post, I said that based off the box office statistics, most people prefer Iron Man and Man of Steel, not that it was something I liked. You may have missed that part, so I am clarifying.

For the record, I also am glad that this movie is taking place here, and just get aggregated when people get on here and say negative things that have no factual backing or negative opinions about how the movie will turn out. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and I would not come on here and tell them their opinion is wrong, but there is a huge difference in "My opinion is that the book was bad", and "My opinion is that Big Stone Gap will be a ghost town because the movie was filmed here." That is simply nonsense.

“Writer and General Geek”

Since: Feb 08

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#9 Oct 31, 2013
What speaks to our youth is our people, who come from the area, who make something of themselves. Who publish books or make albums when they actually live here. How is a New York native going to help out the youth in BSG? I mean aside from some temporary work, of course. The kids will develop and interest and be dropped as soon as filming is done. No mentors to help. No resources available. If they do get a book published, or a recording deal, no one cares.

What would help the area is if our own artists were treated with the respect and admiration their efforts deserve. Not growing up in an atmosphere where art is encouraged, so long as the artist does not live here.

We have an atmosphere of willful ignorance, simply put. We don't recognize our own authors, photographers, sculptors, and musicians unless someone elsewhere dictates we should. New York must approve or Nashville must approve, and only then will we see what's been in front of us the whole time.

It's not "negativity" to point out the truth. The article I mentioned was well-sourced. It is what it is. We already have vast stores of innovation, talent, merit, skill, and it goes unnoticed. If we want things to improve, we should exploit our strengths. So long as we ignore it, nothing will change.
input

Lebanon, VA

#10 Oct 31, 2013
i'm not from bsg but i'm from a small town in southwest virginia.i dont disagree with anyone who gave comment to this but i would like to say that before someone can be show cased for anything they got to first be known and so goes for a town.so saying if you want to be heard of then give this lifetime chance to be supported by positive minds and wait for the long haul to see if it was worth coming to town like a circus.sometimes good things happen to small places just because they got that one time chance to shine as a community by coming together as one and giving their support for a shot in life for all to be on the big stage if just for that one thing.besides who said that good things can't happen to small towns just like the good people that live in them as well and i know theres plenty of good folks there just like all towns.
well

Christiansburg, VA

#11 Oct 31, 2013
I just get so sick of this town being so NEGATIVE. You don't have to make a big deal out of the movie being filmed here if you don't want to but stop with all the negativity. I'm sure that the local food places, the hotels and other businesses have already been helped with the crew being in town so even thought I don't own a business, I am grateful for that. Come on BSG be grateful for whatever good comes our way. I'm just so sick of all the negative post. Honestly what can this town expect with so many negative people.
success or not

United States

#12 Oct 31, 2013
well wrote:
I just get so sick of this town being so NEGATIVE. You don't have to make a big deal out of the movie being filmed here if you don't want to but stop with all the negativity. I'm sure that the local food places, the hotels and other businesses have already been helped with the crew being in town so even thought I don't own a business, I am grateful for that. Come on BSG be grateful for whatever good comes our way. I'm just so sick of all the negative post. Honestly what can this town expect with so many negative people.
Well said!
success or not

United States

#13 Oct 31, 2013
Laura_Writes wrote:
What speaks to our youth is our people, who come from the area, who make something of themselves. Who publish books or make albums when they actually live here. How is a New York native going to help out the youth in BSG? I mean aside from some temporary work, of course. The kids will develop and interest and be dropped as soon as filming is done. No mentors to help. No resources available. If they do get a book published, or a recording deal, no one cares.

What would help the area is if our own artists were treated with the respect and admiration their efforts deserve. Not growing up in an atmosphere where art is encouraged, so long as the artist does not live here.

We have an atmosphere of willful ignorance, simply put. We don't recognize our own authors, photographers, sculptors, and musicians unless someone elsewhere dictates we should. New York must approve or Nashville must approve, and only then will we see what's been in front of us the whole time.

It's not "negativity" to point out the truth. The article I mentioned was well-sourced. It is what it is. We already have vast stores of innovation, talent, merit, skill, and it goes unnoticed. If we want things to improve, we should exploit our strengths. So long as we ignore it, nothing will change.
Your posts seem to be negative toward the movie being filmed here, or at least to the fact that Adriana does not live here anymore. Your belief as to what is better for our youth differs from mine, and you are more than welcome to have those opinions and to even share them with us. It is your negativity that bothers me. You mention that Adriana doesn't live here like it is a big deal. She has roots here, and is a guest, and should be treated as we would like to be treated as well as other local artists no matter if they are from here or not! If Journey or Maroon 5 or any other bands were here in town shouldn't we treat them kindly?

I certainly support any local artists, from Joseph Young the magician, to Folk Soul Revival and If Birds Could Fly. New York, Nashville, and no one had to tell me that they were good because I was raised better than that!
Hmmm

United States

#14 Oct 31, 2013
Laura_Writes wrote:
I don't understand how it's supposed to help anything.
The exact same thing was said about Gate City with "The River" in the 1980s(movie will help tourism, bring in money, promote the town, etc.), and it starred Mel Gibson! No, it didn't help at all.
Local leaders should spend their time, money, and efforts utilizing local talent that's actually local. Not talent that only visits to sell a book or album and then leaves until they can return to sell some more. That kind of desperate groveling creates an incredibly negative image of our communities.
The only thing I can say is maybe you're right, but you are comparing apples and oranges. I mean who outside the people outside of this area knows that "the river" had scenes filmed in Gate City? The film in BSG is filmed almost entirely there, so it tells me there will be a pickup in tourism. But regardless, what's to lose if there is enormous support from the people here?? Can't hurt...
Resident

Christiansburg, VA

#15 Oct 31, 2013
It makes no difference where Adriana lives now....you can clearly tell where her roots are.
She may live in New York but she will always be from Big Stone Gap.
If you don't agree with it, then why talk about it? No one is begging people to be a part of it...you have a choice. There's no need in being so negative or bashing other people for being involved. So if you don't agree, then don't participate, it's that simple. Keep an open mind and move on. It's fine if it's not your taste or preference but let others enjoy it if they want to.
I am in full support of it in every aspect especially because I know Adriana and like another poster said, this is her baby. She's doing great!
Take it or leave it.
success or not

United States

#16 Oct 31, 2013
Resident wrote:
It makes no difference where Adriana lives now....you can clearly tell where her roots are.
She may live in New York but she will always be from Big Stone Gap.
If you don't agree with it, then why talk about it? No one is begging people to be a part of it...you have a choice. There's no need in being so negative or bashing other people for being involved. So if you don't agree, then don't participate, it's that simple. Keep an open mind and move on. It's fine if it's not your taste or preference but let others enjoy it if they want to.
I am in full support of it in every aspect especially because I know Adriana and like another poster said, this is her baby. She's doing great!
Take it or leave it.
Thank you! I am so glad others are posting and feel the same!
Jeb Manin

Lawndale, NC

#17 Oct 31, 2013
Laura_writes is right on in my opinion. I haven't posted anything on BSG Topix since speaking my opinions several days ago. It seems that if you raise your voice in any questioning of the movie and its pros & cons you will be quickly ripped apart, labeled as a negative nanny spreading false information. Your "expertise" and knowledge and background will be called into question. When I first posted my opinions, based on 20 + years working in the industry, both as non-union & union, on both sides of the camera, I was called a liar, a failure, a has been etc...people on this board ridiculed me asking me where I got my acting training, etc etc. because of expressing my opinions about this movie.
I believe that Adrianna Trigiani and this movie is exploiting the generosity and kindness of this area, and all the folks who are donating their time, talent and energies to making this movie happen. I believe that if she really wanted to help local people she would pay them to work as extras.
I don't see the movie benefitting as many local businesses as people think...I see the locals who work in local business working harder...the maids at the comfort inn, the waitress's at the huddle house, but who owns these business's?
Benefitting our youth?
So our local youth as well as citizens of every age donate their time, their cars, their 1970's clothing, their properties and I both applaud and respect that. They and i hope that this movie revitalizes this area. They believe enough in this project that it might have long term lasting good effects in this region. I don't believe this based on my own experiences but hope it might...
I don't respect the powers that be in the making of this movie however for asking The community to do this. The scuttlebutt is "well this is a low budget film that wouldn't get made otherwise" Compared to other Hollywood movies that is true, but I've seen much lower budget films than this which paid locals as extras as well as local artisans and other craft people. Not even minimum wage at the end of the day but still a token of respect. This movie could've been shot any number of places yes, but big stone gap is probably one of the few places where they could count on free labor, lowering their production costs so we could afford the "name stars" and afford the movie more profit margin hopefully. Why aren't the people who could more readily afford to donate their time doing so? Why is it that those, many who probably can least afford to skip a few days of their wage paying job, are being asked too? To me that is exploitation.
So what is this movie teaching our younger folk? That acting isnt really a profession worthy of being pursued or paid? That is unless you're a star? That your 12-16 hours on the set rubbing shoulders with the movie folk should be payment enough, and if you say a single word about maybe getting a break or some food or drink 6 hours in then you are a whiner? And don't even think about getting eye contact with the stars because it breaks their concentration. But, we will tell you that it is easy work...and that if you stick it out, brave the cold, the heat, the wind and the rain, the early morning call-times and the long days and nights, we might just discover you, bump you up to a star. We sell that to you, knowing you probably have a better chance of winning the lottery, just to get you to make our movie, as quickly and as cheaply as possible.
As I have expressed in many posts before, I hope this movie greatly benefits our people and our region. It could, and hopefully if it did then the producers would shoot the sequels here, but next time perhaps employ our local talents, even if a mere pittance, as a sign of respect.
These horses have been beat in a separate thread which apparently disappeared from topix.
I suspect this thread may do the same in short time....
success or not

Coeburn, VA

#18 Oct 31, 2013
Jeb Manin wrote:
Laura_writes is right on in my opinion. I haven't posted anything on BSG Topix since speaking my opinions several days ago. It seems that if you raise your voice in any questioning of the movie and its pros & cons you will be quickly ripped apart. I was called a liar, a failure, etc etc. because of expressing my opinions about this movie.
I believe that Adrianna Trigiani and this movie is exploiting the generosity and kindness of this area, and all the folks who are donating their time, talent and energies to making this movie happen. I believe that if she really wanted to help local people she would pay them to work as extras.
So our local youth as well as citizens of every age donate their time, their cars, their 1970's clothing, their properties They believe enough in this project that it might have long term lasting good effects in this region. I don't believe this based on my own experiences but hope it might...
I don't respect the powers that be in the making of this movie however for asking The community to do this. The scuttlebutt is "well this is a low budget film that wouldn't get made otherwise" Compared to other Hollywood movies that is true, but I've seen much lower budget films than this which paid locals as extras as well as local artisans and other craft people. Not even minimum wage at the end of the day but still a token of respect. This movie could've been shot any number of places yes, but big stone gap is probably one of the few places where they could count on free labor, lowering their production costs so we could afford the "name stars" and afford the movie more profit margin hopefully. To me that is exploitation.
So what is this movie teaching our younger folk? That acting isnt really a profession worthy of being pursued or paid? That is unless you're a star? That your 12-16 hours on the set rubbing shoulders with the movie folk should be payment enough, and if you say a single word about maybe getting a break or some food or drink 6 hours in then you are a whiner? But, we will tell you that it is easy work...and that if you stick it out, brave the cold, the heat, the wind and the rain, the early morning call-times and the long days and nights, we might just discover you, bump you up to a star. We sell that to you, knowing you probably have a better chance of winning the lottery, just to get you to make our movie, as quickly and as cheaply as possible.
These horses have been beat in a separate thread which apparently disappeared from topix.
I suspect this thread may do the same in short time....
You believe that Adriana waited 10 years to make the movie, so that she could have the movie filmed on location in Big Stone Gap, so that she wouldn't have to pay volunteers? And that her sole purpose of making the movie here is to exploit the kindness of the people who live here? Obviously those horses in the other thread were not beat enough... One question for you though (actually a few), have you donated any items, or volunteered any time as an extra? If not, why do you care so much about bringing up the point of volunteer pay several times, even after you were ridiculed? Do you believe that the people from this area are not intelligent enough to understand what their time is worth, and you feel you have to save them? What specifically has the town and region lost because the movie is being filmed here? In what specific ways are the local business losing revenue currently and in the future because of the filming? Last question, do you feel that Adriana (solely) is the one who made the decision to ask for volunteers and not to pay the extras, or was it the company producing it or directing it or whatever (you have experience in the business, I don't know what all moving parts would make those kinds of decisions). I look forward to hearing back from you.

“Writer and General Geek”

Since: Feb 08

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#19 Nov 1, 2013
@Jeb- Same here, although in a different industry.

Now is the perfect time to talk about what local artists need, since we are so focused on the arts. I don't understand why there's such hesitance to discuss what our communities need or what's really behind the staggering favoritism shown towards non-resident artists. I also don't understand the hostility towards people who want to fix our issues or who speak honestly. I know there are many high hopes for the film, and maybe it will perform well, who knows, but high hopes don't help anyone here or fix what needs addressing.

It is suspicious that so much money has changed hands, while so many workers for the film are volunteers, yes.

IMO, I think the only thing that made the book so popular was Trigiani's already established Hollywood connections. She's also a "native" of Pennsylvania and several other locations when it comes to her books. I think the movie didn't go anywhere until it was clear Virginia was going to pay up. I do think it's strange that someone so well-connected in Hollywood and New York went with a relatively unknown company to make the movie.

But again, none of that is remotely important compared to fostering a culture of appreciation and support for our own artists.
Jeb Manin

United States

#20 Nov 1, 2013
success or not wrote:
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You believe that Adriana waited 10 years to make the movie, so that she could have the movie filmed on location in Big Stone Gap, so that she wouldn't have to pay volunteers? And that her sole purpose of making the movie here is to exploit the kindness of the people who live here? Obviously those horses in the other thread were not beat enough... One question for you though (actually a few), have you donated any items, or volunteered any time as an extra? If not, why do you care so much about bringing up the point of volunteer pay several times, even after you were ridiculed? Do you believe that the people from this area are not intelligent enough to understand what their time is worth, and you feel you have to save them? What specifically has the town and region lost because the movie is being filmed here? In what specific ways are the local business losing revenue currently and in the future because of the filming? Last question, do you feel that Adriana (solely) is the one who made the decision to ask for volunteers and not to pay the extras, or was it the company producing it or directing it or whatever (you have experience in the business, I don't know what all moving parts would make those kinds of decisions). I look forward to hearing back from you.
No, I don't believe Adrianna is solely responsible, nor waited 10 years to film here because of free labor. If this movie is as truly low budget as we are being told then it could've been filmed after the mega sales of her first book. The waiting period was to excite more publicity for both the books and to secure more funding for the movie. If you recall, prior to the actual filming, we had several "missteps" where the public thought the movies were coming to town which ended up not happening. It was obvious that those were just rumors to anyone who cared enough to dig a little bit with the Virginia Film Commission. The rumors were to generate more buzz to sell more books and sequels. And there is nothing wrong with that as that's good business in my mind.
As to what ive done for this movie? I have and continue to provide labor as well as supplies to this movie, free of charge as most of the rest of us local citizens. Before the general public even knew that the production was really happening, a group of local business's met with the producer. The purpose was to pool our resources in an effort to help this production. At this meeting I asked what the budget was and expressed my concerns that locals should be paid, even if it were just a pittance. Or, if not paid, then at least provided for in terms of food & drink. On some of the shoots so far that has happened and on some it has not.
The filming here has not hurt the region in any way, other than perhaps pulling some possible funding away from other smaller local artists or projects that are lesser known, but it hasn't helped us as much as we'd like to think, at least not as much financially on the front end. We hope it helps us on the back end with tourism. And it has provided all of us with something to talk about, and some of you with new experiences that you'll remember fondly for years to come hopefully.
Jeb Manin

United States

#21 Nov 1, 2013
Laura_Writes wrote:
@Jeb- Same here, although in a different industry.
Now is the perfect time to talk about what local artists need, since we are so focused on the arts. I don't understand why there's such hesitance to discuss what our communities need or what's really behind the staggering favoritism shown towards non-resident artists. I also don't understand the hostility towards people who want to fix our issues or who speak honestly. I know there are many high hopes for the film, and maybe it will perform well, who knows, but high hopes don't help anyone here or fix what needs addressing.
It is suspicious that so much money has changed hands, while so many workers for the film are volunteers, yes.
IMO, I think the only thing that made the book so popular was Trigiani's already established Hollywood connections. She's also a "native" of Pennsylvania and several other locations when it comes to her books. I think the movie didn't go anywhere until it was clear Virginia was going to pay up. I do think it's strange that someone so well-connected in Hollywood and New York went with a relatively unknown company to make the movie.
But again, none of that is remotely important compared to fostering a culture of appreciation and support for our own artists.
AMEN @ Laura_writes. I totally agree with your post and it gives me heart that there are folks still left around here who aren't afraid to stand up and express their opinions and ask the questions even when they go against the popular culture.
I wondered too about the changing of the hands when it came to the funding sources, the choice of production company, and the wisdom of screenplay writer-director-being the same. I also questioned the choices of where to put the money, directly to the producer, who told me it was out of his hands, which made me wonder then if not in the producers hands then whose hands actually made those choices?
The low budget SAG designation allows them to film here without paying extras due to BSG being outside of zoning requirements set forth by the union. I make it clear to my employees whom I encourage to participate, that on any other production of the same caliper they would be receiving pay as that is what SAG Requires.
success or not

Coeburn, VA

#22 Nov 1, 2013
Laura_Writes wrote:
@Jeb- Same here, although in a different industry.

Now is the perfect time to talk about what local artists need, since we are so focused on the arts. I don't understand why there's such hesitance to discuss what our communities need or what's really behind the staggering favoritism shown towards non-resident artists. I also don't understand the hostility towards people who want to fix our issues or who speak honestly. I know there are many high hopes for the film, and maybe it will perform well, who knows, but high hopes don't help anyone here or fix what needs addressing.

It is suspicious that so much money has changed hands, while so many workers for the film are volunteers, yes.

IMO, I think the only thing that made the book so popular was Trigiani's already established Hollywood connections. She's also a "native" of Pennsylvania and several other locations when it comes to her books. I think the movie didn't go anywhere until it was clear Virginia was going to pay up. I do think it's strange that someone so well-connected in Hollywood and New York went with a relatively unknown company to make the movie.

But again, none of that is remotely important compared to fostering a culture of appreciation and support for our own artists.
I understand now. It is something you have against Adriana. Thank you for clarifying.

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