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Film crews back in Sewickley area

| Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Another movie has made its way to the Sewickley Valley.

This week, Blackburn Road in Sewickley Heights has been closed intermittently as scenes are filmed for a yet-to-be-officially-named movie that is being referred to as “Foxcatcher.”

Film crews are scheduled to wrap up shooting in Sewickley Heights today, Thursday, before moving to Edgeworth tomorrow.

Jodie Welge, a Sewickley Heights resident whose property, along with Fern Hollow Nature Center, has been used this week for parking and catering during the shoot, said the movie was being filmed at Wilpen Hall.

Film crews also requested to use Woodland Road in Edgeworth to shoot a driving scene for a few hours tomorrow, Friday, Edgeworth Manager Marty McDaniel said. They also could use a small section of Woodland Road in Sewickley, police Chief Jim Ersher said.

McDaniel said he was unsure if the crew will use the road, but they planned to notify him prior to filming.

No major actors will be part of the scene if it is filmed, McDaniel said.

The movie is set in the 1980s, he said.

The amount of recording time will be determined on whether the surroundings fit the time period, McDaniel said.

No road closures are planned if crews do decide to use Woodland Road, but a police officer will be on site, McDaniel said.

The movie is slated to star Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. Filming is expected to take place in the Pittsburgh area through January.

According to the International Movie Database, the film is a true story about John duPont, a multimillionaire and member of the du Pont family, who was convicted of murdering his friend and Olympic wrestler David Schultz in 1997.

This production will be the third shot in the Sewickley Valley in recent years.

Portions of “The Lifeguard,” “Jack Reacher” (originally known as “One Shot”) and “One For The Money” all were shot in or around Sewickley.

Staff writer Bobby Cherry contributed to this story. Kristina Serafini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or kserafini@tribweb.com.

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