Touching Christmas Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ Shot in Connecticut – Hartford Courant

By | November 25, 2022

The brand new Christmas film on Netflix could have Connecticut residents doing a little double takes. “The Noel Diary” was filmed at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Griswold Inn in Essex, New Canaan City Corridor, Manchester Memorial Hospital and different Connecticut areas.

“The Noel Diary” options Justin Hartley of “That is Us” in addition to James Remar, Bonnie Bedelia, Essence Atkins and Barrett Doss. It’s accessible for viewing on Thanksgiving Day. The movie, based mostly on the novel by Richard Paul Evans, was directed by Charles Shyer, who directed “Personal Benjamin” and “The Guardian Entice.”

Andrew Gernhard, producer and founding father of the movie, has been making Christmas films in Connecticut for about 5 years now. His manufacturing firm, Rocky Hill-based Artificial Cinema Worldwide, has additionally been making creature function movies right here since 2004.

“It is not a typical Christmas love story. It simply occurs to happen at Christmas somewhat than Christmas being on the forefront of the story,” Gernhard mentioned. “There’s plenty of emotion in it. Folks will cry. That is the yr of the unhappy Christmas film.

The hospital scenes had been filmed on the Manchester Memorial. Gernhard mentioned throughout filming, solely two hospitals within the state had been partially closed on account of COVID, which might make filming doable. The opposite, Bristol Hospital, was booked by Sigourney Weaver’s abortion drama “Name Me Jane.” So “Noel Diary” received Manchester.

Baylen Bielitz, 8, from Southington with his colleagues from "The Christmas Diary": from left to right, James Remar, Justin Hartley and Barrett Doss.
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An 8-year-old boy from Southington performs a small however essential position within the plot. Baylen Bielitz, a third-year pupil on the Derynoski College, has been constructing a movie profession for a couple of years. He had enjoyable doing “The Noel Diary”.

“I should be in a tree. It was enjoyable. The movie was shot in the summertime. There was pretend snow in all places. It smelled good, like cotton balls,” he mentioned.

Subsequent up for Bielitz is “Moms Intuition,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. He portrays Hathaway’s son. Then comes “Right here is Yianni! The drama tells the story of just a little boy who lives subsequent door to an aged man with Alzheimer’s illness, who turns into connected to the kid as his reminiscence fades.

“That one is my greatest position thus far,” Bielitz mentioned.

Bielitz’s different display credit embrace a small position in “WandaVision” and the film “Evil.”

Bielitz should wait with the remainder of the world to see “The Noel Diary”. “That they had a screening in Los Angeles however they did not invite the children,” he mentioned.

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