Staff photo by Joshua Curry
A small crew gathers on East Henderson in Wrightsville Beach for the filming of “A Short History of Decay” on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Filming at this location will go on until Oct. 21.
Now through Oct. 21, crews working on the feature film “A Short History of Decay” will be filming at 16 E. Henderson St. During the filming, 35 parking spaces on the south side of West Salisbury Street and 10 spaces on the north side of West Salisbury Street, closest to North Lumina Avenue, will be used for the cast, crew and as the crew’s base camp.
The film is billed as a dark comedy about stepping up when your parents are going downhill; a love letter to everyone caring for someone who raised them, and is the directorial debut of Michael Maren.
Maren is a journalist and screenwriter who has written for Newsweek, The Nation, The New Republic, Harper’s, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, HBO and Sony Pictures.
The film will star Emmanuelle Chriqui from the hit HBO series “Entourage;” Bryan Greenberg, of “Law and Order,” “Friends with Benefits” and “One Tree Hill;” and longtime Wilmington resident, actress, Linda Lavin.
The scene to be filmed at the Henderson Street location is described as the main family of four interacting in their beach condo.
Another television series pilot that will begin filming on Wrightsville Beach on Oct. 25 and 26 is “The Witches of East End.” The crew will use the Hanover Seaside Club as its home base. The production will be staging a major filming event at the south end in front of public beach access No. 43.
“The Witches of East End” is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Melissa de la Cruz and set in the secluded seaside town of North Hampton on Long Island, N.Y. The plot surrounds the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters, both of whom are unknowingly their family’s next generation of witches, who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives until the mother reveals her daughters’ true identities. On the production’s imbd.com page, most of the actors assigned to the characters are listed as rumored.
Former town manager Bob Simpson noted during the Oct. 11 board of aldermen meeting that although the town has received complaints in the past about noise when other film crews have used the Hanover Seaside Club as a home base, he has made this crew aware of the fact that it is required to appease abutting landowners.