We loved watching John Slattery on the small screen in “Mad Men,” the AMC period drama partly set in Westchester.
But last summer, the actor went behind the cameras to direct his first feature film “God’s Pocket.” Based on the book by Pete Dexter, it’s a dark comedy about a family in a blue collar Philadelphia neighborhood. However, the movie was filmed far away from the City of Brotherly Love, in Yonkers.
“We tried to shoot in Philadelphia but we didn’t have the money, so we found Yonkers,” Slattery told USA Today. “And the real benefit to that is that New York City is close by, and has these actors who are the best around.”
Slattery and the film’s stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christina Hendricks took the indie film to the Sundance Film Festival last week, hoping to get a distribution deal. Variety reported Wednesday that IFC Films acquired US rights to the film days later.
No surprise there. Reviews say the low-budget film has a lot going for it, including the setting.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
“Shooting in Yonkers, N.Y. and placing the action in what looks like the mid-to-late 1970s, Slattery, who has directed five episodes of Mad Men, does a solid job of conjuring the feel of a tight, insular neighborhood where everyone makes it their business to know about everyone else’s business. The houses, bars and work environments are all depressingly dingy to the edge of rot, a state undisguised by Lance Acord’s drabness-emphasizing cinematography.”
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