Bloomingdale is making it to the big screen and the community will get a special opportunity to see a kid-friendly version of the movie filmed in the borough last year at Clearview Kinnelon 11.
The film, "Bad Parents," is a comedy about a group of parents who act up from the sidelines of their kids' soccer games. The movie was directed by Bergen County resident Caytha Jentis and stars Janeane Garofalo, Cheri Oteri, Michael Boatman, Chris Titus, Bill Sage and others.
Producers of the film were made aware of the scenery Bloomingdale had to offer through the Passaic County Film Commission and Bloomingdale's liaison, Lynne Ferrara. Crews spent time filming scenes at the Walter T. Bergen School field over a weekend in 2011. Coordination between the Bloomingdale Board of Education and borough council helped make the filming possible.
A little more than a year later, the film, which is rated R, is finally hitting theaters. But as even younger members of the community have an interest in seeing their hometown on the screen, an edited, "kid version" of the film has been created to be shown in Kinnelon.
"You'll see the Walter T. Bergen School in the movie, and some local faces," Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan said Tuesday.
The showing is being hosted by the B&B United Soccer Club. Dunleavy said a local coach is featured in the film as a referee.
While "Bad Parents" is the first fim the borough has been able to attract, Dunleavy said he is hopeful more film producers will consider shooting scenes in Bloomingdale.
"There is a revenue generation, if we can make this grow, from a permit standpoint," he said.
A showing of the kid-friendly version of the film will be held on Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. at Clearview's Kinnelon 11 and the R-rated version of the film will be shown at the theater at 7:30 p.m.