The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

April 24, 2014

"Gary Saves the Graveyard" scenes filmed at Beiter's in Danville

DANVILLE — Graveyard characters took over a well-known Danville store, with things flying off the shelves, in downtown Danville.

They were all part of a scene from the upcoming movie “Gary Saves the Graveyard,” by Todd Bieber and Juliana Brafa.

“It’s a very fun shoot with more flexibility to do some fun stuff. It’s been going super well. It’s the best thing I’ve been a part of,” said Bieber, a Union County native.

“I’m very excited about it. Tonight is just jammed with comedy and good scenes,” he told the crew before shooting began Tuesday night in Beiter’s Department Store on Mill Street.

“We’re very excited. In 37 years in business, I don’t think we’ve had zombies shop here. This is something we’ve never done before,” said Beiter’s co-owner Tom J. Beiter.

Production Coordinator Tessa Greenberg said Bieber chose Beiter’s and some Union County locations because he and Brafa wanted to include scenes from where they are from. “We have been shooting scenes with a 1955 Ford in Mifflinburg and Lewisburg,” she said.

The crew has been in the Valley the past eight or nine days and expected to wrap up shooting Wednesday.

“They wanted the look of a big store like this and a more local feel. The managers of the store have been very kind to allow us to use the space,” she said.

“They’re very excited to come to this area. They have a lot of support from the area,” she said of Bieber and Brafa.

“This is a fun scene. One of the characters from the graveyard makes things fly off the shelves,” producer Julie Gomez said of the items they brought along for flying.

She said the actors aren’t zombies but “characters from the graveyard made to look dead.”

“This is more of a passion project. We really wanted to make something funny on the Internet and so people can watch all of the episodes at once,” she said.

The filming will include five episodes of 7 to 10 minutes each with the Beiter’s scene in one of the episodes. Bieber said earlier it is close to “Back to the Future,” a story about modern times clashing with yesteryear.

Tuesday night’s crew consisted of about 15 people from New York City, including Bieber and Brafa.

Among the actors were Nate Dern, as a Civil War soldier; Gary’s sidekick Andy, played by Tallie Medel; and Dawn Luebbe, portraying Margaret, a nurse from the 1940s.

The film should be available in a few months for free viewing at UCBComedy.com. It is being produced by Nerdist.com.

Three of the actors are from Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.

Among those in Danville were producer Julie Gomez, assistant director Tom Capps, photography director Tyler Ribble and CJ Dockery, makeup and production designer.

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