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West River Road Closure October 19th and 20th

Posted on
October 12, 2021
by
Town Hall
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FILMMAKER HAS ASKED THAT WE NOT PUBLISH THIS INFORMATION TO SOCIAL MEDIA.  THEY WISH TO RESERVE THEIR RIGHT FOR THE MOVIE
 
From BH Phone Company: 
 
October 7, 2021
 
Dear Residents,
 
BH Phone Company in association with Netflix is currently in production on a feature film titled MR HARRIGANS PHONE.  The film is based on a Stephen King short story of the same name in a collection of short stories titled 'If It Bleeds'.   MR HARRIGANS PHONE is written and directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Highwaymen, and Saving Mr. Banks). 
 
After an exhaustive search, we have found a perfect setting in Barkhamsted, CT to stage a number of scenes for the film on WEST RIVER ROAD (between CT 20 and CT 318).   The bucolic winding road will be a great addition to the visual fabric of our show and we are excited to be working with and in Barkhamsted.   
 
The filming will take place during daylight hours on Tuesday, October 19th, and Wednesday October 20th, 2021, and will require traffic control and diversion on West River Road.    Residents of West River Road, Barkhamsted will have unimpeded access to their respective homes throughout filming.   With the permission and guidance of the Barkhamsted Board of Selectmen, CT DOT, CT DEEP Parks and the local traffic authority we will be instituting a diversion for thru traffic from West River Road to East River Road during the approximate hours of 6:00am and 7:00pm on 10/19, and 10/20.   Emergency vehicles will always have access and a 'fire lane' will be maintained. 
 
We understand that we are guests in your community and will be respectful of your town, residents and the environment in which we film.  Our crews of union professionals pride themselves on working in a responsible manner.   Please note that our industry has robust Covid-19 protocols as dictated by our 'return to work' agreement which takes into account the changing landscape of the pandemic and Federal, State and local mandates. 
 
Synopsis for the film:
 
"Staged in 2007, at the onset of I-phones, “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” is a cautionary tale of technology, friendship, bullies, and retribution.  Eccentric millionaire Mr. Harrigan retires in a small town in Maine.  He meets young Craig reading scripture at church.  With failing eyesight, he hires the boy to read to him. Over the years a friendship ensues.
 
 With the proceeds from a winning lottery ticket from Harrigan, Craig buys him an I-phone which the old man is initially reluctant to accept, but comes to enjoy. When Mr. Harrigan dies, Craig sneaks the phone into his jacket before he is buried. One night, missing his friend, he leaves a voicemail. To his shock, he gets a text in return.
 
 When Craig leaves a message for Mr. Harrigan about a bully, his tormentor is mysteriously found dead. Craig fearing that he had something to do with the kid’s death, puts away the phone with Mr. Harrigan's number, switching to a newer model. But years later, when Craig actively seeks out the old phone in order to use Mr. Harrigan's apparent power to enact revenge from the other side, a series of cryptic texts from Harrigan convince a shaken Craig to throw his old phone into the lake, and bid the old man a final farewell."
 
If you have specific needs or concerns, please contact our office at 475.477.6142 and speak with a member of the Locations Department.
 
 
Regards,
The Locations Department
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone