When “Wine Country” the film comes to Calistoga’s wine country the city, there will be some traffic disruption, an opportunity to be an extra in the film, and likely more than 15 minutes of fame.
“It will be a bit of an inconvenience for us to get ready and shoot this. But the good thing is six months down the road when this thing comes out to the public and on Netflix, I think you all will be happy and I think it’s going to provide years of publicity for the city and the valley,” said Clay Valenti, location scout for Cali Productions, the company shooting the Netflix film “Wine Country”.
Valenti and others with the production team were introduced at last week’s Calistoga Chamber of Commerce mixer held in what is now being dubbed “West End Antiques,” the west end of Lincoln Avenue near Foothill Boulevard.
There will be minor alterations to some of the businesses to better fit in with the overall look of Calistoga, Valenti said.
“Some of the signage looks too modern. We like Calistoga because it has an old country feel to it (and) some of the signs are kind of modern,” so those businesses will be approached and asked to put up a temporary sign or make changes to the existing signs, he said.
Calistoga will not appear as just any town in any wine country, it will be portrayed as itself, said Mayor Chris Canning, whose day job is executive director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce.
“One of the big benefits and one of the things that the Netflix team was quick to acknowledge, and we requested both as a chamber and as a city, was ‘You’re welcome to film here, we’re happy to have you, but don’t make us a generic wine town.’ They’re actually going to brand us, we’re going to be Calistoga in the movie,” Canning said. “That was important to us, but we’re very warmed by the fact that it was important to them.”
Crews will be in Napa Valley filming for two weeks at three vineyards, with some driving shots throughout the valley, and the film will be released sometime in the fall or winter, Valenti said.
The comedy that will star Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and other “Saturday Night Live” stars will be in Calistoga for two days of preparation and one day of filming. The story is about a group of women celebrating a 50th birthday that heads to wine country to celebrate.
The disruption will include restricted traffic flow and parking.
Lincoln will be closed from Cedar Street to Fair Way starting Friday, May 4, at 9 a.m. until Saturday, May 5, at 2 a.m. Law enforcement patrols will assist in rerouting traffic and safety. Washington Street will remain open.
No parking will be allowed on the east side of Fair Way south from Lincoln from May 2 to May 5. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 3 no parking will be allowed on the south side of Lincoln from the Lincoln Avenue Bridge to Fair Way; from 9 a.m. on May 4 to 2 a.m. on May 5 no parking will be allowed on the north and south sides of Lincoln from the bridge to Fair Way; and then on May 4 from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. no parking on the west side of Washington south of Lincoln.
Filming of exterior scenes will take place along the south side sidewalk on Lincoln between Fair Way on the east side and the bridge on the west side.
Valenti said there is a need for 50 to 70 extras that they would like to have from Calistoga or the surrounding areas. Applications to be an extra can be completed at MyCastingFile.com.
Preparation on Lincoln Avenue will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2 and run through 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4, when 15 to 30 crew members and three to six trucks will be working. Filming will be concurrent during a portion of May 4 from 9 a.m. continuing through to 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. There will be 90 crew members and three to six trucks involved. The strike team will involve 15 to 30 crew members and three to six trucks and occur Saturday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.