Grand Rapids New Beginnings restaurant featured in scene released online
“The End of the Tour” is the focus of the latest New York Times ”anatomy of a scene” series with director commentary from James Ponsoldt. The scene was filmed in a New Beginnings restaurant in Grand Rapids in 2014.
The movie is set in 1996 and in this scene (about 17 minutes into the movie according to Ponsoldt), with Jesse Eisenberg (reporter David Lipsky) interviewing Jason Segel (author David Foster Wallace). Ponsoldt talks about what’s happening in the scene, not changing much about the look of the restaurant, the music playing in the background, and how the actors collaborated with him in the process.
“The End of the Tour” will open in New York and Los Angeles July 31st. It will open August 14th in Detroit and August 21st in Grand Rapids. In addition to Eisenberg and Segel, the cast includes Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, and Ron Livingston. The drama based on the true story of David Lipsky, the Rolling Stone reporter who interviewed the Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace for five days in 1996. The movie is rated R for language including some sexual references, it runs 1 hour, 46 minutes.
You can watch the entire ‘anatomy of a scene’ video on New York Times website.
The movie filmed for about 5 weeks in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and the the Muskegon County Airport Terminal in February and March 2014 and spent about $2.1 million in Michigan, mostly in the greater Grand Rapids area. The Michigan Film Office said that the movie was approved for the state’s film incentive. ”End of the Tour” was awarded a $495,380 incentive based on $2,105,652 of projected in-state expenditures. At the time it was labeled “one of the biggest projects in 5 years”, as the limited projects drawn by the Michigan Film Incentives had mostly gone to the Detroit area. The movie also filmed in Minneapolis and New York City.
(Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=1&v=fqUa5sYHC9s&app=desktop )
Past blog posts about “The End of the Tour”: