Alternate Title: Carmel-By-The-Sea
Story: A teenage art prodigy is
abandoned in Carmel by his mother. While struggling to survive, he
meets an man who introduces him to the world of art forgery, forcing
him to choose between artistic integrity and the prospect of
Scenery: Filmed entirely in Carmel and
neighboring areas. Notable highlights include the Carmel Mission,
Carmel Beach, an art gallery at Ocean Avenue and San Carlos, the
workers cabins at the Odello Fields next to Highway 1 just south of the
Carmel River, Sunset Center auditorium, and many other locations. There
is also a brief shot of Colton Hall in Monterey.
Director: Laurence Roeck
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere, Alfred Molina, Lauren Bacall, Billy Boyd, Tricia Helfer, Dina Eastwood, Scott Eastwood.
Also of local interest:
Laurence Roeck is a native of Carmel.
- Dina Eastwood once worked as a
local TV news anchor at KSBW.
- On March 19, 2011 a rough cut of the film was publicly
screened at Carmel's Sunset Center auditorium, the same place where the
movie's climax was filmed. It was released direct to
DVD on July 3, 2012.
- The film makes three references to one of Carmel's original Bohemians, a writer named George Sterling. Sterling was largely responsible for creating Carmel's legendary Abalone Song,
among other things. Sterling and some other members of the Bohemian
Club had acquired small vials of cyanide. Sterling kept one with him at
all times. He eventually used it to commit suicide in 1926. In the
film, Joshua (Josh Hutcherson) finds a vial in a box along with a photo
of Sterling in the studio of Anne-Marie (Lauren Bacall). The film
briefly hints at the vial's contents as Joshua reads a book about local
Bohemians. Knowing Sterling's real life and death story will add to the
viewer's understanding of how the vial symbolically fits into the plot.
Also, in Anne-Marie's studio is a photo of a nude man crouched on
Carmel beach. That photo is also of George Sterling.
Studio: Experience Media
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (cropped to 1.78:1 for DVD release)
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running time: 93 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13