Nancy Tanner always said that Pawling is the Hudson Valley’s best kept secret. Well, the secret is out! Last year, the beautiful Village Green was graced by Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu of Elementary. Trinity-Pawling was the setting for a Netflix original movie based on the novel Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig. The most recent Pawling filming took place in the middle of the village inside your very own independent bookstore.
The German film company Van Wormer International scouted The Book Cove and, thrilled with its charm, decided it was the perfect location for their Lifetime film series based on the novels of Katie Fforde. For three days, the store was a flurry of activity (even though we were closed for business); actors, producers, crew members, makeup artists, and set designers were everywhere! The film crew transformed the outside of the store to either day or night (depending on the need for shooting) with blackout curtains and white screens, and they changed the inside into an elegant cosmopolitan room complete with white furniture and beautiful antique lamps.
We were delighted with the people we met through the production company. They were charming, knowledgeable and funny—from the production techs to the art and set directors to the actual directors and actors and actresses. We here at The Book Cove felt like we were in Moviemaking 101. Who knew so many people were involved in making a movie?
Although the story was filmed in German, we were able to determine the storyline based on the actions of the actors and actresses. The movie was all about a young woman who runs a bookstore, but is forced to give it up for lack of funds. There’s even a little love story thrown in to lighten the mood.
While we at your local Book Cove won’t be able to make it to the premiere in Germany, we’re excited to be a part of Pawling’s ever-growing cinematic history!
-The Pawling Book Cove Staff