The cast and crew for the independent film “The Off Hours” are hard at work filming scenes inside the Eastlake Zoo.
The film is set in a small, truck-stop town outside Seattle and tells the story of people who have drifted there and find their situation is far from what they had hoped for in life. The Zoo is playing the part of the local watering hole where some of the characters gather.
Megan Griffiths, a veteran of the Seattle independent film community, wrote and is directing the film.
Howard Brown and Lief Frederick of the Zoo are both playing extras in the film.
“We’re sitting at the bar,” Lief joked. “I’ve had practice!”
Lief says the production arrived about 6:30 a.m. and was scheduled to be done by 4 p.m., at which time the bar will reopen. But, things were running a little late, he said, so they might not make the 4 p.m. opening. They’ll be on roughly the same schedule on Monday, he says.
The production was on a short break in the noon hour as they set up for a scene featuring a band.