Violet & Daisy Film Scouting Hester Street

Posted on: September 8th, 2010 at 6:27 am by

Lately, it seems as though filming scouts have a collective hard-on for lower Orchard Street, near Hester.  A new Keanu Reeves feature dubbed generation Um was interested in this corner of the neighborhood last month, and now we bring word that another production is currently snooping around.

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Violet & Daisy is the latest flick written by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious).  At the moment, the cast includes Bruce Willis in the leading role, supported by Carey Mulligan and Saoirse Ronan.  Scouts are now on the prowl to find the perfect apartment for “one of the homes appearing in the script.” And according to the notice taped to the door of 70 Hester Street, filming will commence sometime in early October, once a final decision is made on precise locations.

The plot of Violet & Daisy has been described thusly, “Thelma & Louise meets Superbad with a helping of Pulp Fiction.” Hmm, interesting.

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70 Hester would be an interesting choice for this film considering its history. This was the original location of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue (aka Congregation Shaarey Shamoyim) which eventually moved to 89-93 Rivington Street. It was designed by Frederick Jenth in 1881, and boasts unique Moorish-style windows. These days, though, number 70 is predominantly residential with a mysterious tenant called B.B. Muhlfelder on the first floor.

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