Some of the cast who appeared in
scenes shot last week at Wildflower Cafe in Watkins Glen include
(from left) local artist and Green Grand Prix organizer Bob
Gillespie, longtime local race volunteer Ray Oliver, Producer,
director and writer George Boyce, Actress Tina Howe, who plays Sam,
Chef William Cornelius and his son Daniel, and actress Lela
Frechette, who plays Wildflower.
May 3, 2006
of Death’ will continue this summer
Gwen Chamberlain, Review & Express
WATKINS GLEN - Some
familiar faces may be part of film history following the
latest filming for “Vineyards of Death,” the motion
picture produced and directed by George Boyce, formerly
of Watkins Glen.
Last week Boyce
gathered cast members and notable “extras” like Schuyler
County Legislative Chairman Tom Gifford, SCOPED
Executive Director Kelsey Jones, and Chef William
Cornelius for filming at Wildflower Cafe on Franklin
The scene filmed last
week centers on a character named Wildflower, played by
New York City actress Lela Frechette. Frechette’s
character is welcoming visitors to the grand reopening
of her restaurant in the scene. Tina Howe, playing the
character “Sam,” was also on hand last week.
The plot revolves
around the owner of Glenora winery found murdered in his
vineyard. Suspicions point to his new young bride who
asks a retired New York City Police Detective, played by
Boyce, to help prove her innocence. The investigation
takes him on a tour of the Finger Lakes and Southern
Tier as he encounters another murder, a high-speed boat
chase on Seneca Lake, exotic sport cars, a sailing ship
and an attempt on his own life. Boyce says the company
has been filming since mid-March. “We have been shooting
roughly a scene a week,” he says, adding the filming is
about half done. Most of the shooting that remains
involves scenes in or around water—scenes
best shot during the summer. He’s planning the final
shooting to be done in August.
So far, filming has
been done at the International Motor Racing Research
Library and at Glenora Wine Cellars. “We had a very
enjoyable and interesting half a day shoot at the Glenn
Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, and we have also shot in
Corning and Montour Falls,” Boyce says. Other locations
included JBS Motorsports, the Ford garage of Jim Seafuse,
and Black Rock Speedway in Dundee.
Boyce, who also wrote
the screenplay, announced plans for the film in early
2005, but a combination of bad weather and other issues
prevented him from completing the filming he planned for
But delays in the
film industry are nothing new, according to Frechette,
who says, “This is the ultimate hurry up and wait
industry...film is such a collaboration. First just
reading the scripts, then getting a buzz going, and then
getting other people on board. Sometimes it takes
years,” she says.
Chef William Cornelius (have you
caught his cooking show on Ch 36?) with Doug Thayer, the true
of the Wildflower Cafe, & Manager JoAnn Kingsley
Tuesday, April 25,
2006 - Watkins Glen, NY
VOD Shoots Scene at
the Wildflower Cafe
What a great turnout for the VOD shoot at the Wildflower
Cafe! View articles and photos by the
The Odessa File.
Film Folks: Tina Howe ('Sam'),
Bob Swedenhjelm, Derek Lake, Terry Nardone
& Matt Smith
Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Corning, NY
George Boyce MCs the first 'Filmmaker Frenzy,'
organized by independent film producer Terry Nardone.
There was a good turnout for this first-time independent
film festival held in Corning, and it was thought by the
filmmakers present that there is good potential for this
area to host one or two expanded festivals each year.
The filmmakers had a good time connecting with each
other, viewing each other's work, and talking about
current and upcoming projects. All in all, a very
Wednesday, April 6,
2005 - The Observer, Dundee, NY
'Vineyards of Death' movie to
be filmed in area
GLENORA - George Boyce, who is producing a feature
length motion picture - Vineyards of Death - this
summer in Glenora, Watkins Glen, on Seneca Lake and at
other area locations, introduced some of the movie's
cast members last week at Verasion's Restaurant at the
Inn at Glenora.
While the film revolves
around the Finger Lakes wine industry, Boyce stresses
his plans have nothing to do with this year's popular
movie Sideways, which was filmed in the Napa
Valley wine regions in California.
And although some in the
grape growing industry might wince at the film's name,
Boyce says the title is not a major issue right now. "At
the moment that's what it is," he says, adding, "People
need to look at the story."
Richard Nagle of Montour
Falls will play the part of John Cox, son of an area
winery owner, who is the first murder victim in the
adult action thriller. Nagle, director at the New York
State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, is also an actor
who has appeared in several theater productions and four
other films or televisions shows. Tina Field Howe, of
Corning, will play Sam, a computer whiz and auto
mechanic. And Terry Nardone of Hammondsport will also
appear in the film.
Boyce says film crews will
also be getting footage that can be used for three other
features he's planning - The Black Hand, a sequel
to Vineyards of Death; The Loomis Gang,
about the outlaw gang of the 1800s; and Bass Mania,
an action comedy.
Vineyards of Death will be
filmed from June through August and should be edited and
ready for viewing next spring, in time for the film
festival season, says Boyce.
Boyce also unveiled a web
page where more information about the movie's story line
and cast can be found. To learn more about the film, go
and look for a link to Vineyards of Death on the
left side of the page.
The plot of the story
revolves around a beautiful young French woman played by
Sarah DeSage; a retired New York City Police Detective,
George DuBoise, played by Boyce; and the murders of area
Boyce says one of the key
scenes will be filmed at the Inn at Glenora's Veraison's
Restaurant. Filming will also be done in downtown
Watkins Glen and other area businesses and attractions.
Boyce won't reveal the filming schedule in advance. He
plans a web page that will allow people to look p where
the film crews has been.
Boyce says the cast and crew
will number between 20 and 30. He's still looking for
housing for some cast and crew members, and says he'll
work hosts into scenes of the movie when possible.
George Boyce, an
actor and movie producer from Watkins Glen, is shown
announcing in January his plans to film the movie
"Vineyards of Death" near Seneca Lake this year. On
Thursday, he introduced the cast and a Web site.
Star-Gazette file photo
Monday, April 4, 2005
- The Elmira Star-Gazette, Elmira, NY
cast of Schuyler movie
Seneca South column by JENNIFER KINGSLEY
Filming for "Vineyards of
Death," a movie to be produced near Seneca Lake, will
begin in June and the cast includes plenty of local
The plot centers around a
cast of about a dozen characters, one of whom is
fashioned after Gene Pierce, Glenora's president. His
character ends up dead in the vineyard, and his young
wife, played by French actress Sarah Desage, becomes a
Boyce, whose role is that of
retired New York City police detective George DuBoise,
tries to help Desage's character prove her innocence,
and he soon becomes a target himself.
Last Thursday, Boyce
introduced his cast to the public during a press
conference at Veraisons Restaurant at the Inn at Glenora
Winery in Dundee. He also unveiled a Web site where
people can keep up with the progress of the movie.
Local actors Jon Antis of
Elmira and Tina Field Howe of Corning will star in the
film with international actors, according to the Web
On Thursday, Boyce announced
that Richard Nagle, the New York State Academy of Fire
Science director in Montour Falls, will also have a role
in the film.
Nagle has an extensive
theater career, Boyce said. He played the fire chief in
"Fort Apache, the Bronx," as well as Firefighter Brown
in ABC's "The Quinns."
Antis used to host "The Jon
Antis Show" on WHLZ 820 AM in Elmira, as well as co-host
WENY TV's "Voice of the People," a weekly political
discussion, Boyce said.
Boyce, who has an extensive
broadcasting background, met Antis a few years ago, he
"As we were talking, I was
thinking, here's a character I can use in a future
something," Boyce said.
Boyce met Howe a few years
ago at the Grand Prix Festival held each September in
Watkins Glen, he said.
Howe has appeared in two
locally produced films: "These Days" and "Secret of the
Twin Sister," according to the Web site. She has also
performed in many regional theater productions, mainly
musicals, with Elmira Little Theatre, Riverfront
Revelers, Angels in the Wings and Community Free Theatre
in Corning and Keuka Lake Players in Hammondsport, the
Web site states.
Howe designed and maintains
the Web site, Boyce said.
Other stars are Lela
Frechette and Jessica K. Farmer, both of New York City.
Some of the film's footage
has already been shot, Boyce said. The rest will be
filmed this summer, he said.
The film itself will be
released in about a year, Boyce said, adding: "I'm
hoping for (release) next spring. The hardest part will
be the editing."
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From left, actors
Dick Nagle and Tina Field Howe stand with Glenora Winery
Hospitality Director John DiCinti and "Vineyards of
Death" director George Boyce Thursday in Watkins Glen.
The Corning Leader
Monday, April 1, 2005
- The Corning Leader, Corning, NY
Watkins film cast, crew unveil
new Web site
by MICHAEL MULLANEY
WATKINS GLEN - The mystery
behind "Vineyards of Death" grew a little deeper. Cast
and crew of the film met at Glenora Wine Cellars
Thursday to introduce themselves and unveil the
company's new Web site.
Spearheading the project is
George Boyce, of Watkins Glen, who will produce, direct
and act in "Vineyards of Death." He plans to use the
village, Seneca Lake and Glenora Wine Cellars as the
backdrop for this movie.
"As much as we can will be
filmed in the area," Boyce said Thursday. "People are
going to say 'That's New York? Where are the
Other area locations he
plans to use are Watkins Glen International race track,
Motor Racing Library in Watkins Glen and Wings of Eagles
Museum in Big Flats. Boyce, who has appeared in popular
films including "Men in Black II," "Bad Company" and
"Interpreter," describes "Vineyards of Death" as a
mystery, comedy and action movie all wrapped into one
He'll start filming in July,
and hopes to have post-production wrapped up by next
spring. Boyce will play the film's main character,
George DuBoise, a retired New York City police detective
who moves to Watkins Glen. When DuBoise arrives he is
asked by local police to help solve the murder of a
leading citizen and winery owner who was found dead in
To bring his story to life,
Boyce tapped the pool of local talent to star in
"Vineyards of Death." Tina Field Howe, of Corning, will
play the role of Sam, a "computer whiz and auto
mechanic." In addition to acting in local theater
productions, Howe is a freelance graphic artist and
writer. She met Boyce last year through a mutual friend.
In addition to acting in "Vineyards of Death" she
created the film's Web site http://www.glenara.net.
"The first time I met George
he sad 'You're Sam!' and I said 'No, I'm Tina," Howe
said Thursday. "I had no idea he was in the movie
Richard Nagle, director of
The New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, will
also star in the movie. A retired New York City fireman
turned actor, Nagle has appeared in a number of film and
stage productions. He's excited about playing the role
of John Cox, son of the murdered Glenora Winery owner,
in "Vineyards of Death." It's a great project for the
area," he said Thursday. "Vineyards of Death" will also
feature several professional actors from New York City.
Doug Thayer, owner of the
Wildflower Cafe and Crooked Rooster Brew Pub in Watkins
Glen, said the movie will be good exposure for the
village. In return for using the Wildflower Cafe, Boyce
offered Thayer a cameo role in "Vineyards of Death." But
Thayer isn't sure if he'll take up the filmmaker's
offer. "I sounds kind of fun," he said Thursday. "I'm
thinking about it."
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