By CHRIS EBERHART
Last week, the Town of Harrison played host to a filming session for the upcoming HBO drama series “The Leftovers,” which is headlined by writer Damon Lindelof in his first return to TV since he co-created the hit television show “Lost.”
A scene from “The Leftovers,” which is based on the 2011 bestselling book by Tom Perotta, was filmed on Friday, March 14 at the Harrison police station at 650 North St., but producer Nan Bernstein said more filming days in Harrison could be coming.
The book takes place in a small town three years after the mysterious disappearance of 140 million people during a rapture-like event. Those left behind are trying to put their lives back together.
The book follows one family in particular—the Garvey family—who didn’t lose any family members in the rapture but has fallen apart in its aftermath. The father, Kevin Garvey, played by Justin Theroux, watches his children change and his wife join a cult called “The Guilty Remnant.”
The scene that takes place in Harrison, Bernstein said, is during wintertime and the mayor of the fictional town of Mapleton, played by Amanda Warren, is released from prison and traveling on a bus to the northeast.
The northeast bus stop was filmed in the New Rochelle bus terminal at 1 Station Plaza.
Bernstein said “The Leftovers” will feature an ongoing tug of war between the mayor and police over how the town should be run after the rapture-like event.
The $40 million HBO drama series will make other stops in Westchester County, including Mt. Vernon, Hastings and Nyack in addition to Harrison and New Rochelle before its summer release.
In addition to Lindelof’s return, the television series will also include actors Liv Tyler and Amy Brenneman, along with producer and director Peter Berg.
Bernstein said each area of Westchester County was chosen for specific places in the fictional community.
“Certain locations were needed for certain scenes,” Bernstein said. “We needed dry cleaners with rotating racks so we’re in Hastings. In Harrison, we needed the police stations and houses there. In New Rochelle, we needed the bus stop. And the town we are showing is a fake town, it can be made up of a whole different number of towns.”
In return for hosting the film session at the Harrison police station, the town’s police department will receive a donation from Warner Brothers, which is paying for the HBO series, but Bernstein said she didn’t want to release the amount.
According to a letter from Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini to the Town Council asking it to approve the filming, the donation will be “earmarked for use at the discretion of the chief of police.”
In addition to the donation, Bernstein said the crews are encouraged to shop locally to support the municipalities’ economy to balance the inconveniences of having cameras and crews in the streets.
We really make it worthwhile for the local host community by shopping locally,” Bernstein said. “So when we take the crew out to pizza, we’ll eat at a place in Harrison and spend $500 on pizza.”
The filming was approved by the council during its March 6 meeting.