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Section of Front Street to be closed while movie crew films scene

By Staff | Dec 31, 2009

LAHAINA — GT Films Inc. will be in Lahaina on Jan. 12-13 to film a scene for a Warner Brothers movie called “Hereafter.”

Front Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic between Papelekane Street (near Lahaina Public Library) and Lahainaluna Road beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12.

At 6 a.m. on Jan. 13, pedestrian traffic will also be held at ends of the closure area.

Filming will take place during daylight hours on Jan. 13. Upon completion of filming, pedestrian traffic will be restored.

When equipment and crews are gone and the roadway is deemed safe, the area will reopen for cars.

Road closure permits allow for the area to be closed to traffic through 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.

The setting for the scene is a seaside town. Clint Eastwood is directing “Hereafter,” which is described as a supernatural thriller.

In a Dec. 19 letter to Front Street merchants, Mark Moquin and Glenn Beadles of GT Films noted, “We understand that this will interrupt the normal business operations of the merchants in the affected area, and we are doing our best to address any concerns you may have. In order to be able to answer any questions that may arise, we are working closely with the Lahaina Police Department, local community associations, business and property owners, film industry professionals and Maui County Film Commissioner Benita Brazier.”

Moquin, the “Hereafter” locations manager for GT Films, said the Front Street filming location was chosen for several reasons.  

“First and foremost, the script calls for, and the creative department is striving to create, the look of an unnamed, South Pacific-type outdoor marketplace, complete with outdoor shopping stalls and street vendors,” he explained.

“Front Street’s proximity to the water and the architecture of its buildings help supply a look that will require much less transformation towards this goal than other locations which were under consideration. Adding to the attraction of the location is a professional, experienced film and television industry workforce here on Maui, the availability of ample lodging and transportation options for out-of-state crew members, and the encouragement and cooperation of the state and county film offices, including Maui County Film Commissioner Benita Brazier,” he continued.

 “There will be a small bit of filming taking place elsewhere on the island, but Front Street is definitely the main attraction and the reason for Maui’s involvement.”

Moquin said GT Films is working to inform the Lahaina Town community ahead of time and address concerns.

“When all is said and done, we’d like the community to look back on this and say it was a positive experience,” he noted.