Producers of Wyeth, the story of America’s first multi-generation art family, recently decided to film on location in Maine. Lack of tax and licensing incentive initially drove them away from filming in the Pine Tree State, but discussions with Gov. John Baldacci indicate a green light to begin production. Shooting will tentatively begin in 2011.
Mary Kemper Wolf will executive produce the low budget independent film and said she was pushing to shoot in Maine and was eager to create jobs through production. The film is set around $7.5 million, which low for Hollywood but significant for Maine’s standards. Up to 80% of the film could be shot in Maine, with the remaining scenes shoot at the Wyeth family home in Pennsylvania.
The Wyeths were a family of artists whose legacy spanned three generations throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. Andrew Wyeth, the son of patriarch N.C. Wyeth was the most acclaimed of the family and had read and approved the script before his death in 2009. The family traces its roots back to Needham, Mass., where N.C. Wyeth was born and went on to study in several Massachusetts institutes. The family of illustrators and painters have their works showcased in several museums around New England.