Elvis Spotted in Piermont
Local legend Ric Pantale makes his first
By LISA SAUNDERS
(Original publication: June 28, 2007)
Kathy Gardner / The Journal News
From left, actor Paul Borghese of Tappan, director Ric Pantale of Valley
Cottage, and actor Big Jim Wheeler of Nyack, discuss the logistics of a
scene they are about to shoot in Piermont for the independent movie "Delilah
Rose." The romantic comedy is being made by Piermont Pictures, the
celebrated village video shop owned by Pantale.
Time to put the rumors to rest:
No, it wasn’t actually the
King’s ghost inhabiting The Castle of Piermont in May. It
was just an Elvis impersonator recently released from a mental
a guy also pretending to be a government agent tracking terrorists
in order to impress local charmer, Delilah Rose.
Well, sort of.
Actually, it was actor Jim Wheeler of Nyack and the cast of the
independent dramatic comedy Delilah Rose (delilahrosefilm.net).
Wheeler, whose credits include The Manchurian Candidate, was
playing the character of Big Al, complete with full Elvis getup
Starring alongside him was former Tappan resident Paul Borghese
Sopranos, Law & Order, and Trans America). The two strolled
around the grounds of the grand 1845 home, built for Eleazer
Lord of the
Erie Railroad, which acts as a rooming house for Wheeler’s
mentally unstable Al.
The film is the first full-length
feature by director Ric Pantale, a Valley Cottage resident and
of Piermont Pictures video
wrote it two years ago with the understanding it would all
be shot locally,” he explains. In
addition to making movies, Pantale also co-hosts a weekly radio
show, Ric’s Place, on WRCR 1300 AM (Wednesdays, 5:10–6
p.m.) with Wheeler and Mercedes Kent, of Grand View. After
on Pantale’s previous short film, The Monkey’s
Paw, the whole gang reunited for Delilah Rose, with Kent taking
on the title
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Actors Mercedes Kent Ross of Grand View, left, and David Myers Gregory
of Nyack rehearse a bedroom scene.
Once the film is finished, Pantale
plans to premiere it this fall at Nyack’s Riverspace Theater,
after which it’ll go to
festivals like Sundance and Tribeca. But does it have breakout
indie potential? “It’s a very dark comedy,” says
bit darker than Little Miss Sunshine. But we’ve got
so many film industry pros working on it, and they all say
Also Shot in Piermont
The Purple Rose of Cairo": For the 1985 film, Woody Allen gave
the village a Depression-era look and erected a movie marquee on
Hide and Seek": The 2005 thriller with Robert DeNiro and Dakota
Fanning filmed at a house on Tree Boulevard.
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Pantale of Valley Cottage checks a camera attached to a car.
At First Sight": A 100-year-old home at 32 Tate Avenue was one
of the main locations for the 1999 Val Kilmer film.
The Juror": Demi Moore’s home in the 1996 film was on
The Manchurian Candidate": The Head Start School on Depew Avenue
was one of the locations in the remake directed by Nyack’s