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July 14, 2014

Hollywood on Cape Ann: Actress Keener in Rockport scenes

ROCKPORT — Passersby in the neighborhood of Rockport’s Granite Pier Friday evening got a look at the matriarch of a troubled family gathering to talk with her adult children.

But they won’t know how the story turns out until sometime next year.

That’s the scheduled release date for an independent film titled “The Greens Are Gone,” and it’s one that brought two-time Academy Award-nominee Catherine Keener (for “Capote” and “Being John Malkovich”) to Rockport to film a number of scenes on Friday into early Saturday morning.

The film marks the directorial debut of Peer Pedersen, who has worked as a producer and screenwriter in the past and wrote the screenplay for “Greens” as well. And it brought the actors who play Keener’s character’s adult children to Rockport as well. They included:

Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, who has starred in several films, including “The Runaways,” “The Good Doctor” and the Steven Soderbergh film “Magic Mike.” She is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and musician Danny Keough. In the film, she plays a pop star whose relations with her family are strained.

Annie Starke, daughter of Glenn Close, who is making her screen debut, according to online press materials. One crew member at Rockport Friday night indicated that the dog in the scene is Starke’s own pet, but that could not be verified Sunday.

Anton Yelchin, who plays plays Keener’s character’s son. He has appeared in many TV series and movies, best known for his performance as Chekov in the 2009 film reboot of the “Star Trek” series.

Kaitlyn Dever, who plays the youngest daughter and who currently stars in the Tim Allen TV series “Last Man Standing.”

The film also stars Cary Elwes (”The Princess Bride”) and Saturday Night Live actors Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon, though none of them were on hand for the Rockport filming scenes.

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