Posted: Apr 14, 2012 8:25 pm
'Touchy Feely' crew filming at Grocery Outlet
A film crew is stationed outside Grocery Outlet at MLK and Union for the first day of shooting "Touchy Feely."
The film, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page and Josh Pais, is directed by Lynn Shelton and will be shooting around the CD and Capitol Hill. Shelton previously directed several indie flicks, including the Stranger-inspired "Humpday" and a particularly crazy episode of Mad Men (the one in Season 4 where Don almost gets caught by the Feds, Lane's father slaps him for having a black girlfriend and Lucky Strike drops Sterling Cooper Draper Price).
Anyway, today the crew is filming a shopping scene inside Grocery Outlet (who Shelton said "were super super nice" about shooting) and some shots at the bus stop in front of the Green Plate Special garden across the street. Next week, they will also be filming at 20/20 Cycle.
Director Lynn Shelton has revealed further details in talks with the NY Times
Last month she started production on “Touchy Feely,” a comedy she wrote with multiple story lines, an ensemble cast that includes Scoot McNairy, Josh Pais, Ellen Page and Ron Livingston and, at the center, Rosemarie Dewitt as a massage therapist who suddenly finds the human body repulsive. In other words, not Ms. Shelton’s usual tightly focused three-hander.
“I made myself the promise that I would be shooting something this spring,” Ms. Shelton said, explaining that she pushed up the start date for “Touchy Feely” when another project of hers was postponed. Called “Laggies,” it will feature a big name star, Paul Rudd, and a script not written by her but by the novelist Andrea Seigel.
There is no official word yet on the character that Ellen is playing in "Touchy Feely", but judging from the photo posted on Twitter she is probably the dentist assistant to Josh Pais:
[Update] May 14, 2012 9:04 am
More details have been revealed by The Seattle Times
If you looked carefully around Capitol Hill and the Central District earlier this month, you might have caught Shelton at work on her next film. "Touchy Feely," with an ensemble cast led by DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page and Allison Janney, is "a film that I was developing about a year ago." Shelton had planned to shoot a different film this spring, called "Laggies," written by novelist Andrea Siegel, but scheduling issues pushed that project to August.
Shelton badly wanted to be shooting a film in April, so she pulled "Touchy Feely" out of "the back cupboard" and began putting out feelers to cast and crew. "All the stars seemed to be aligning," she said of the last-minute scheduling. "It was all meant to happen."
The main characters in "Touchy Feely" are a sister and brother: DeWitt plays a massage therapist who's recently become repulsed by working with bodies; Pais is a dentist on his own journey of self-discovery. Shelton said the film is unlike her previous works: It has "multiple story lines, multiple characters, lots of locations," and it's not primarily a comedy. It's more scripted than her recent films (though she said she's still encouraging the actors to go "off the script" with improvised dialogue), and it will have a different look: primarily a camera on tripod, not handheld. "It'll be interesting to see how people respond," Shelton said.