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Feature film to be shot in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE - One local town could garner international attention as it serves as the stage for a mainstream movie.

"Recreator," a full-length feature film with plans for a worldwide release will be primarily filmed in Tupper Lake this fall, and local leaders are welcoming the venture with open arms.

Gregory Orr, the film's writer, director and producer, has over two decades of experience in the film industry, most notably as a cinematographer on James Cameron's Oscar-winning 1989 film "The Abyss." Since then, he has produced a handful of documentaries that have appeared on national television as well as a successful short fiction film.

"I've been waiting to make a feature film for a number of years, and I wrote a number of scripts," said Orr, "but it's "Recreator" that has received the greatest interest from financiers and other movie makers."

Orr, who resides in New York City, first visited the Adirondacks when he stayed at Rainbow Lake last year. When time came to decide on a location to shoot his latest film, the Tri-Lakes region came to mind.

"In my research, I found both the lake and the camp we're planning to use as having a great combination of scenic beauty and practical access so important to a film production," said Orr. "There's also cell service in the area, which is a real boon."

Filming for "Recreator" will take place in Tupper Lake for five weeks, beginning in October. Negotiations are still ongoing for some specific locations, but Orr said the production will be visible in town for at least one day.

"Everyone has been both hospitable and helpful in trying to make our visit work," said Orr. "I'm delighted with the mayor, the supervisor and the many local business people who have tried to accommodate our many needs."

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