Hollywood Comes to Eastern Shore to Film ‘Tangier’

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Several of Maryland’s Eastern Shore towns will be enjoying some screen time very soon, thanks to a feature flick being filmed there.

The Delmarva Daily Times reports production crews and actors are coming out to Pomocoke City, Princess Anne and Salisbury, as well as Virginia’s Tangier Island, along the Lower Shore to film “Tangier,” a political thriller about D.C. insiders getting into trouble during a vacation away from the city. The movie will premiere in 2019, and is supposed to include all the good stuff — sex, power struggles and murder — and some big-name actors.

Despite the name, the newspaper reports the three Maryland towns will collectively get about as many scenes as the Virginia island that’s said to be sinking into the Chesapeake Bay. About half of the movie will be filmed along the Lower Shore. Locals will have the chance to audition as extras on the island, and likely in the Maryland towns as well.

Producer Andrea Sims, who lives part-time in Princess Anne and has brought stars out that way for her “Hollywood on the Shore” series, said one of the major characters in the film is a Tangier native who goes on to become a powerful lobbyist in D.C. The actors haven’t been picked yet; D.C.-based filmmaker Rosemary Reed is the writer and director.

Similarly to what happened in Harford County with “House of Cards,” the region is set to get an economic boost from all the activity. “When a film or television product, be it large or small, comes to a community, it brings revenues for local businesses, instills excitement and pride in the community and can stimulate film-induced tourism,” Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, told the Daily Times.

The development offers some better press for the tiny island than in recent months. Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge made headlines for his spirited anti-climate change argument against Al Gore live on a CNN town hall. Eskridge argued erosion, rather than sea level rise, is responsible for the fact that his island is gradually disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay. His reasoning was bolstered by President Donald Trump, who phoned him in June to tell him not to worry about sea level rise.

Erosion will be one issue that’s addressed in the film, according to the Daily Times.

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