Ben Stiller brings Showtime prison series production to Warren County

September 27, 2017 06:40 PM

CHESTER, WARREN COUNTY - The escape captivated the region. Hundreds of searchers combed miles upon miles of Adirondack woods for nearly three weeks. The story is coming to Showtime.

In production for several weeks, the Ben Stiller-directed series about the dramatic escape has been shooting in Warren County. It's called, "Escape at Dannemora" and small signs with "EAD" direct you to the set.

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However, once NewsChannel 13 arrived at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Wednesday, our camera wasn't welcome, even on a public road. A security guard approaching to say to a photographer, "Please stop until I find out if you can do it." Later, a publicist emailed from Manhattan to say "our sets our closed at this time." So there were no glimpses of the cast or its director.

The series stars Oscar winner Benicio del Toro as one of the convicts and Patricia Arquette as the prison seamstress who helped them.

The filmmakers are planning to use O.P. Frederick's Restaurant in Loon Lake to shoot a restaurant scene. Camera dollies can be seen under a tarp outside and the cables are already run along the outside of the building.

"They changed a bunch of stuff in the dining room and they have producers here and they got wardrobe upstairs and it's just been super fun," said Ed Benham, the restaurant's chef and general manager.

Benham says Stiller has eaten there several times in recent days and they plan to use some restaurant staff as extras.

"So to have all this come in and happen, it's been exciting," Benham said.

Meanwhile a few miles away, the hamlet of Chestertown is getting ready for its close-up Thursday night.

Producers got town and state permission to shut down a small section of Route 9.

"We have such a great little classic Adirondack hamlet here, it's always nice to show it off a little bit," said Craig Leggett, Chester Town Supervisor.

Leggett says he let business and homeowners know that the road will be closed as crews shoot.

"It's good for the community for this movie to come into this area," said Don Butler, co-owner of Panther Mountain Inn in Chestertown.

Although the publicist told NewsChannel 13 that sets are closed, the town supervisor says he expects people will come out to watch filming Thursday night.

"It's a public street, so you do a little bit of crowd control so you can get your work done, but as far as people showing up, I'm sure people will be able to and see behind the scenes."


Mark Mulholland

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