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Updated: 11/12/2009 - 4:19 AM



Is that Frodo in the car next to us?
Film stars descend on North Fork to shoot independent film
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The picturesque North Fork is being used as a backdrop for an independent film with some fairly big names involved.

Cast and crew members of "The Romantics" -- Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin among them -- have already set up locations in Greenport and are now shooting at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold.

Members of Mattituck Presbyterian Church were told in a letter from the film's assistant location manager, Jean Pesce, that "The Romantics" will be filmed at several locations across the North Fork into early December.

Manhattan-based production company Plum Pictures is pitching the plot as "a zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, taking place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding."

One frantic scene featuring leading man Josh Duhamel will take place at the end of the month at the historic Bethany Cemetery, next to the church, said the letter.

"In the vein of 'The Big Chill' and 'St. Elmo's Fire,' seven close friends -- all members of a tight, eclectic college clique -- reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot," reads the film's synopsis. "Laura is maid of honor to Lila, her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom. The love triangle comes to a head on the eve of the wedding when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore without the groom."

Galt Niederhoffer, the director of the picture, adapted the screenplay from her novel of the same name.

Members of the production crew have already scouted the area for help in finding props and other set decor, said Peconic-based event planner Barbara Hock, who also works part-time at the Down Home Store in Cutchogue.

"The director wanted very natural bouquets, greens only -- no flowers, branches or leaves," Ms. Hock said. "{Down Home Store's] archway is the central focus of the wedding scene to be shot at Old Field Vineyards."

Ms. Hock added that Country Chair and White Flower Antiques in Peconic provided pieces for some interior shots.

"The Romantics" is due for release sometime next year, according to the Internet Movie Database.

eschultz@timesreview.com

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