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Movie scene to be filmed on Front Street Jan. 13

By Staff | Jan 7, 2010

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.

Mark 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.”

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 concluded.