Photos: Leo DiCaprio's production of Dear Eleanor shooting in Niwot and beyond
Our Melanie Asmar has been writing about a new film incentives law that aims to attract movie- and TV-makers to Colorado -- and in March, she revealed that Dear Eleanor, a movie produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's company, would soon start lensing here.
Lo and behold, it's happening -- and while producer Caleb Applegate reportedly wanted to keep many of the locations quiet, the City of Niwot had other ideas. See photos and get details below.
On Saturday afternoon, Niwot's official Facebook page posted the following:
Filming is going on today in Historic Niwot for the Leonardo DiCaprio production: 'Dear Eleanor' starring Jessica Alba. Come on down and see the action!
Sure enough, filming did indeed take place in Niwot over the weekend, with other sequences being shot in Longmont and adjacent locales.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the flick is set in the early 1960s and involves a cross-country trip by two friends who idolize former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It's directed by Kevin Connolly, best known for his acting (he was Eric on Entourage) and co-stars the aforementioned Jessica Alba, plus Luke Wilson and Joel Courtney, who made such an impression in the J.J. Abrams flick Super 8. Here's a photo from the Boulder area tweeted by Courtney.
Accompanying tweet: "Out hiking along the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado."
Look below to see another photo shared by Courtney, plus assorted twitpics from the official Dear Eleanor Twitter account and more.
Accompanying tweet: "Murray Rundus working on Set of Dear Eleanor:)"
Accompanying tweet: "Crackers did amazing filming for Dear Eleanor yesterday! Pleasure working with @mrkevinconnolly great director ."
Accompanying tweet from Joel Courtney: "k this pic in Boulder today. Have you seen the 70s TV show "Mork & Mindy"? My brother Josh loves it!"
Accompanying tweet: "Here is Phoebe, our hamster wrangler holding our energetic hamster talent named Snowy."
Accompanying tweet: "Our production designer, Chase, found some beautiful old cars downtown Longmont this evening."
Accompanying tweet: "Look what showed up on set today!"
Accompanying tweet: "Do you think these pumpkins we used in some shots today are real or fake?" (Answer: fake.)
Accompanying tweet: "Scott Schulte, Sabina Giado, and Rebecca Oliver dress Max's room for filming in 2 days."
Accompanying tweet: "Thanks to @vtjordan57 and the City of Longmont's Power and Communications Dept. for getting us WiFi on set. "
Accompanying tweet: "Our art, wardrobe, and makeup departments are fantastic! Does it look like 1962 to you?"
Accompanying tweet from producer Caleb Applegate: "First day wrapped. My daughter made her debut. She was stunning I must say."
Accompanying tweet: "Spent the evening in downtown Niwot watching the filming of Dear Eleanor, directed by Kevin Connelly."
More from our Television & Film archive: "Film incentives could bring Hallmark Channel show set in rural town to Colorado."
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