Village of Maybrook Mayor Dennis Leahy as well as the Main Line Diner will grace television screens Sunday, as the Hallmark Channel film “Redemption in Cherry Springs” is set to air.
Filming took place at the diner on June 14. In the film, Main Line is known as Uncle Joe’s Diner. Leahy was asked to appear in the film by the casting director and can be seen in two scenes as an extra.
“It was a good experience and it was great that it was held in the village, so I was happy to do it,” Leahy said.
The film’s producer Summer Crockett Moore was pleased with the inclusion of Leahy in the film.
“He spent the whole day with us. He’s such a delight, he fit right in,” she said. “I was like you should be starring in this movie.”
In the film, investigative reporter Melanie Abrams and Police Officer Jake Collins look into the disappearance of Melanie’s childhood friend Tony in the fictional town of Cherry Springs, New Hampshire.
Rochelle Aytes stars as Abrams alongside Keith D. Robinson who portrays Collins.
The majority of the movie was filmed in Newburgh with parts also filmed in Beacon, Maybrook and Middletown. Moore noted that filming was completed on July 2.
Moore along with her husband Tony Glazer manage Umbra Sound Stages. Their production company Choice Films has an office in Newburgh. They specifically wanted to film a production in the Mid-Hudson Region, as that is where they are based.
“We met with Hallmark about a year and a half ago and spoke to them about bringing projects to the Hudson Valley based from where we are,” Moore said. “This is their first project and they loved it and they want to come back and do more.”
Leahy noted that filming the movie in Maybrook is a positive for the village.
“I think that having something like that inside the village just brings more people into the village just to see what it is about,” he said.
Harry Toromanides, owner of the Main Line Diner, believes that the film is a positive for both the village and his restaurant.
“It certainly puts a spotlight on the Village of Maybrook and specifically the diner,” he said. “We always welcome the opportunity to show what a small town, family-run establishment looks like and if it appeals to the powers that be in Hollywood so be it. It’s great for Maybrook, it’s great for the Town of Montgomery and it’s great for us as business owners as well.”
The film will premiere Sunday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel. The trailer for the film can be viewed on imdb.com.