Sundance winner ‘Coda’ big night movie premiere at Gloucester Cinema – great article by Gail McCarthy Gloucester Daily Times

Beautiful read and interviews! More photos from the Vitale family and Film Cape Ann below.

“The charms of Gloucester exploded on the big screen at the local unveiling of the film “CODA,” a four-time winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The special event Thursday evening, intended for those who worked or assisted in some way with the film, turned out to be “the” premiere  after  director Sian Heder learned that the West Coast screening was canceled.

“Our premiere in L.A. isn’t happening so you are at the premiere,” she told the attendees at the Gloucester Cinema on Essex Avenue. “But I’m so excited to be here and share this with you. This is the first time I am seeing it with an audience. This film is a love letter to Gloucester…”

Gail McCarthy
‘A love letter to Gloucester’: Sundance winner ‘CODA’ premieres before local crowd
Gloucester Daily Times
published on line Saturday July 24, 2021, in print Monday

Read Gail McCarthy’s article here

Film Cape Ann

Filmed in Gloucester in late summer and fall in 2019 before Covid, the movie benefited from the local Film Tax Credit (as will the upcoming movie, Confess, Fletch, starring John Slattery and Jon Hamm). Locations in town for CODA feature Pratty’s and the bandstand in Rockport. Many local hires involved, including Elana Lee, ASL interpreter.

“#FilmCapeAnn was thrilled to have CODA anchored in our area.

Productions that highlight the core beauty of our year round working waterfront depicted in CODA, and past films like The Perfect Storm & Manchester-by-the-Sea, are a huge part of the area’s contribution to the Massachusetts film industry, and making the Mass. Film Incentive permanent. We thank the MA Film Office and State Senator Bruce Tarr & Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante for their strong effort with this incentive as well.” 

Meg Jarrett, Film Cape Ann

Photo credits below: Film Cape Ann

Photo credits below: Action! from the film shoot (early fall 2019, before Covid; and the big premiere night 2021. Courtesy the Vitale family

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