While Oak Park and River Forest High School was on spring break last week, Hollywood was in town for a couple of days to film an ABC pilot at the school and other Oak Park locales.
Only the outside of the school was used for exterior shots for the ABC drama Enemies. The show is about two childhood friends who grow to become enemies?#34;one a cop, the other a criminal.
The school was used for a “flashback” scene, according to Cheryl Witham, the school’s chief financial officer and building administrator during the break. The shooting took place last Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday Journal first got wind of the Hollywood “invasion” last Tuesday from a neighbor’s e-mail.
The flashback scene involved children playing in a playground, riding bikes and other childhood activities. A crew of about 200 showed up at the school, said Witham. The school’s name will not be referenced in the show.
It doesn’t appear that any Oak Park kids were used, though some of the children used in the scene were picked at random during the two-day shoot, said Witham. Some of the kids came with their parents from as far away as DeKalb, standing outside early, hoping to be picked. Shooting also took place at the Elizabeth Cheney Mansion on Thursday.
Enemies is on the network’s fall schedule. Filmmaker F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Be Cool) is directing the pilot. According to the Internet Movie Database, the hour-long drama’s cast includes Peter Fancinelli, star of FOX’s 2002-2003 series Fastlane and character actor Bruce McGill.
New direction for VMA?
The Village Manager Association has tried to shake its image as an old, tired, fuddy-duddy organization. We have opined in the editorial page of this newspaper that the VMA fell a bit short of a new vision at an annual meeting earlier this year.
But hold on.
The once-dormant VMA has had representatives at every village board meeting since electing new officers, and other village events, too. And now the group’s having a “wine tasting social” at the Abbey on Saturday, April 8, from 3-5 p.m. That doesn’t sound fuddy-duddy. If you’re interested in attending, no RSVP is needed. The Abbey is at 728 Lake St.