The production crew of Let it Snow, a movie currently being filmed in Pittsburgh, scouted our Reynolds Street Gallery as being the perfect spot to both film in front of and use as production office and warming station for the cast and crew. The movie is starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman and June Squibb with Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms and Marisa Tomei.
The production started early Friday - transforming the windows of our space into a Salvation Army where a scene with Diane Keaton and John Goodman would be filmed outside. Our office and gallery were suddenly lined with directors chairs - production equipment - and an exciting food spread. The temperature outside dipped well into the negatives as cast and crew piled into our storefront to grab a coffee or a snack to warm-up before going back out in the cold to complete the day of filming.
Haiti Friends executive director, Edward Rawson, chatted with actor, John Goodman, who remarked that the kindness of Pittsburgh people is what he was enjoying most about the city. He then checked out the Erzulie art exhibition we currently have on display and was enthusiastic about learning of our organization and the work we are doing in Haiti. Haiti Friends felt honored to have our gallery transformed to a Hollywood set in one day - and to have the opportunity to connect and engage with some of the cast members and the crew. It was an exciting day!