Independent film to shoot in Lincoln this weekend

Posted Feb. 03, 2012, at 9:02 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Town native Brandon Wardwell is among the actors featured in the independent feature film “Bluebird,” which will start production in Lincoln this weekend, town officials said Friday.

Slated for release at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film has shoots scheduled for Main Street locations starting Sunday. The film crew will be at Marden’s from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and then at Wing Wah’s restaurant on Monday, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

The film also will be shot in East Millinocket and Millinocket, Goodwin said.

“We are just one of three communities that will be featured in the film,” Goodwin said Friday.

Wardwell’s mother, WABI-TV news assignment editor Vicki Clay, said this is her 17-year-old son’s first movie. It’s also the first time she can recall a movie ever being shot in the Katahdin region.

“It is very surreal. I am very happy for him because this is something he has wanted to pursue for several years. He has done very well in his school plays and this is a dream come true for him,” Clay said Friday.

Clay said the film has been in rehearsal this week and might be shooting in Millinocket on Saturday.

When he was interviewed about it in August, filmmaker Lance Edmands, a Kennebunk native, described the project as a dramatic feature centered on a small town dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy. The movie is inspired by the isolated northern Maine landscape, in which Edmands finds a stark duality.

“[It's] both really isolating and horrible and cold and penetrating, but at the same time I thought that there was a beauty and a calmness and a kind of almost peaceful oneness that you feel there,” he said.

“Bluebird” also is being developed in part by the Sundance Institute.

Edmands initially honed the script through the institute’s Screenwriters and Director’s Lab, which gave the filmmaker a chance to get feedback from industry professionals, he said.

Goodwin said she expected that Main Street traffic would be stopped occasionally from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday during the shooting of certain scenes. Monday’s shooting will not require any traffic rerouting.

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