‘The Mountain’ slated to hit major theaters

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CLINTON — The independent movie starring Jeff Goldblum, including scenes with “extras” filmed right at Clinton Arena and the surrounding area, is set to be released in major theaters sometime in the summer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, North American rights were obtained for “The Mountain.” The drama had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and had its North American premiere Jan. 25 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Written by Rick Alverson, Dustin Guy Defa and Colm O’Leary, the film is set in the 1950s and follows the story “of an introverted young man” who lost his mother, played by Tye Sheridan, “who is employed as a photographer by a doctor (Goldblum) who’s on tour promoting a controversial lobotomy procedure,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Goldblum and Sheridan, the movie stars Denis Levant, Udo Kier and Hannah Gross.

Back in 2017, movie crews were at Clinton Arena filming scenes for “The Mountain,” also directed by Alverson.

“They filmed the movie, ‘The Mountain,’ here that’s to be released in California next week,” said Town of Kirkland Parks and Recreation Superintendent Michael Orsino toward the end of last summer. “That was a neat experience too. It’s supposedly based on a true story. I didn’t follow the plot because I was too busy getting things ready for it. It was the whole lights, camera, action and quiet on the set thing, so it was kind of neat to be part of. They filmed here for three days, but I’m not sure how much of the arena will be in the film.”

Clinton Figure Skating Club officials also said previously that some of its members were skating at times when movie crews were filming, and had the opportunity to meet stars Goldblum and Sheridan.

A skater interested in in film production also received a job shadowing experience through Goldblum and the film crew, they said.

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