After months of intense negotiations, town officials have agreed to allow another feature film to be shot in the center of Harvard. Although details are scant, rumor has it that “Little Women” director Greta Gerwig has signed on to film “Sidewalks,” a hair-raising documentary about a small town’s struggle with state grant requirements for pedestrian safety. A source close to Gerwig said she sees the film as a fond tribute to the General Store parking lot, where she spent days in the fall of 2018 battling horrible weather conditions to bring a semblance of authenticity to her widely acclaimed version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story.
Authenticity for this film will be provided by the real-time action around the General Store as customers and delivery trucks jockey for position after new sidewalks block customary entrance and exit points. For safety reasons, the low-budget film will be shot almost entirely from the top of an outside stairway on the southwest side of the building. The cast will be led by longtime town resident Melina Hewett Salter, a venerable canine whose intimate knowledge of the sidewalks and traffic patterns around the Common is unsurpassed. Having spent countless hours waiting outside the store for her human companion, Salter has a deep institutional knowledge to inform her performance.
Supporting roles will be filled by a confused group of pickup trucks, SUVs, and Priuses, as well as a steady stream of sizable delivery trucks from parts unknown. The Congregational Church will not play a part in the film, but has offered to be a triage site in case of a multicar incident.