To the young people of Ellington the Supermarket was many different things. Another home, a place they'd known as long as they can remember. A one-of-a-kind place to work, build friendships and have as much fun as possible without getting caught. The heart of their town, a farming community with more cows than people and the last outpost for Rockwell's America. But this summer Ellington, the Supermarket, and the young people who cared for it the most will grow up. A modern day Capraesque tale about growing into adulthood in small town USA, 'The Supermarket' is a story of laughter, love, old rivalries, coming home for the summer, barely functional cars, small triumphs and tragic loss, late-night lawbreaking, fearing the future, food fights, standing together, and finding your place in the world. Written by
This summer watch small town America grow up
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The script was written in the summer of 2005, and the filmmakers intended to shoot the exterior scenes during August and early September. Timothy Norman
would then return to Emerson College in Boston to complete shooting Beantown
(2007), and Ellington Supermarket interior scenes were to be shot during Christmas break. As Norman learned that Carolyne Burgess
had already left for her freshman year at NYU, Nicki LaPorte
was cast as Deirdre, and Dave Therrien
would play the part that Bob Ondek
later filled as the fourth friend. Unfortunately the first attempt at shooting exteriors that August and September ended in disaster and all the footage was scrapped. The filmmakers resolved to start from scratch on June 1st, 2006, and spent the time in between completing Beantown
(2007) and working on preproduction for The Supermarket. See more
To say that death hits hard in a small town is an understatement. The entire population goes into a sort of depressive state, and it feels as though life grinds to a near-halt. It was like Ellington itself, the very land, went into mourning, with a blanket of mist, like a natural veil that couldn't be lifted. It didn't seem fair, and maybe that was what hit me the most. How unfair it all was. For Joe, for Ellington, for the Supermarket, for all the people who worked there. But it ...
Every supporting character's name is followed by a parenthetical note of their department within the Supermarket. Following Tom Schall's credit as "Hobo" is the department tag of "(United Bums Local 501)." See more
Written and Performed by Patrick Gorman See more