Elizabeth Alderfer and Romeo Miller have been shooting in Hyde Park and Bronzeville after filming in Davis Square Park in Back of the Yards. [Game Day/Morgan Jensen}
HYDE PARK — Film crews were rolling on the back porch of Promontory on Monday, filming the movie “Game Day.”
Crews were shooting one of the major turning points of the movie about the fall of a tech entrepreneur played by Elizabeth Alderfer and her redemption, with the help of a high school basketball player played by Romeo Miller.
The movie was on day 16 of 24 days of shooting in Chicago. Much of the shooting was on the South Side Monday.
Producer Stuart Wolf said he and director John Susman thought Hyde Park perfectly suited the film’s need for a setting where it would make sense that a high school basketball player and a tech entrepreneur would run into each other and interact.
Wolf said the Cubs success has benefited the South Side and many scenes were moved to homes in Bronzeville and Kenwood when crews couldn’t get permits to shoot on the North Side during the playoffs.
Those who know Hyde Park and Chicago’s theater scene will see some familiar faces, including Jerod Haynes, who won a Jeff Award for his role in “Native Son” at Court Theatre.
“We have a lot of good, solid Chicago actors,” Wolf said.
The crews are off to the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club for Wednesday through Friday after ticking off a long list of South Side locations.
Former Ald. Dorothy Tillman’s old 3rd Ward office served as the site of FailCon, a conference where entrepreneurs share their failures. H-Dogs, 4655 S. Martin Luther King Drive, was remade as an ice cream parlor. Several homes in Bronzeville and Kenwood have also have seen filming inside and outside.
Wolf said a Belgium woman and French man on vacation got a front row seat for the filming, when they opted to stay in the Kenwood home they were renting while it was used as a set.
He said people in the neighborhood have mostly been curious and excited about the filming, but he said they could get more involved if they want to.
“We still need a few extras,” Wolf said.
He said people interested in being extras in the movie should contact Compass Casting, compasscasting.com.
Production is expected to wrap on Nov. 5 with the movie entering film festivals in 2016.
"Game Day" was filming at Promontory on Monday, one of many South Side locations used for the film. [DNAinfo/Sam Cholke]
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