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Such is the case with Sam Goff, Goff recently purchased the Brookfied, CT "O'Connor's Public House" from Bobby O'Connor. Bobby O'Connor started with one location, then two, then three and before you knew it, O'Connor's was a trusted nightlife brand with a bunch of locations in two states (CT & NY).

Goff purchased the Brookfield business from O'Connor back in May of 2022, with a goal to build on the reputation and excitement O'Connor's is known for. And what is more exciting than a movie shoot?

Goff was approached recently by the producers of a horror film called: “The Girl That Cried Her Eyes Out” and asked if she'd be willing to let them film there. She was excited about the opportunity, and willing, as long as it did not interfere with serving her customers. She agreed to open the bar just a little later than normal, as to not disrupt her regular customers.

The Filmmakers came on Tuesday (10/4/22) and shot several different scenes in the bar area before Goff opened the bar at 2 pm.

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Once the bar did open, additional scenes were shot with customers being featured as extras. I asked Goff about the experience; this is what she told me:

"I think it’s wonderful having a movie production in this little town. It’s inclusive for the members of the town to be involved and sign off on potential camera time, as everyone seems excited for a local movie. Personally, I like the idea of what is kind of a promo for the bar."

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Sam Goff
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She added that she enjoyed the shoot, saying the staff and crew were wonderful, singling out a woman named Aurora, calling her a "great makeup artist."

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Sam Goff
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Goff made me laugh several times talking about this shoot. She didn't like that her bar was classified as a "dirty dive-bar" for the movie. She also apologized for the quality of the pictures she sent me, remarking "I’m used to slinging drinks not snapping off random candid's."

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Sam Goff
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Sam added that she does not know much about the plot of the movie, other than knowing the working title and that it's in the horror genre.

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Sam Goff
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I did reach out to the filmmakers for comment, and they got back to me, thanking me for reaching out. I spoke to the Director Eugene who told me that they wrote the scene for a "dive bar" but when they got there, they realized that was not the case. Eugene told me:

"Sam's got a really great place! We wrote the script for a dive bar but then I found O'Connor's and we went in a totally different direction because of how cool and unique the space is. The high ceilings, the artwork, the wall hangings, the colored practical lights. So much to work with."

Eugene told me he'd circle back with me in a few weeks so we could get a clearer picture painted of what he and his team are working on.

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P.S. Just so there is no confusion, this is not the movie being shot in New Milford called "Candlewood." I was as confused as anyone to learn that there are two horror films being shot in the Greater Danbury area at the same time. Is the film industry back in Greater Danbury? I sure hope this continues, I have a lot of closeups in my future.

You can hear more about this, and every other topic in the Greater-Danbury area by checking out the Ethan, Lou & Large Dave Podcast. Listen to the Podcast on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It's the same show we do on the radio but with limited commercials and no music. Or, listen live by streaming the show on the I-95 Rock Mobile app, or tune into I-95 (95.1FM).

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