"Film Set in S.F. Shot 'On Location' — Sort Of"

by Karen Pierce Gonzalez, Marin Independent Journal, 18 January 1998

Cameras rolled in Sausalito yesterday as crews filmed scenes for "The Other Sister," starring Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi and Juliette Lewis.

The Touchstone Production about the marriage of two young disabled adults will be released this fall.

Lewis plays Carla Tate, one of the disabled characters, and Keaton plays Elizabeth, her mother.

Downtown traffic was stop-and-go as the 25 crew members filmed actresses doubling for Keaton and Lewis driving a Mercedes onto Caledonia at Turney.

In the scene, the two park outside 117 Caledonia, which is emblazoned with a San Francisco banner to set a scene in San Francisco, where the story unfolds. They then try to rent an upstairs apartment, described by its movie realtor as "neo-Victorian with postwar plumbing."

Laird Bunch of San Francisco, the film's second unit location manager, said the crew scouted the area for several possible filming sites. "We show the directors what we've found and the art director makes the decision," he said.

Other Sausalito sites included in the movie are retail shops on Bridgeway, and the Marin Headlands.

SausalitoFilming in Sausalito was completed yesterday, but scenes still must be shot on Angel Island.

"It's easier to do the filming here than in San Francisco," said Robert Mooney of Fairfax, second assistant to the second unit director.

During the day's filming, the crew had shot the scene again and again. The Mercedes turned the corner at least six times before the crew was satisfied.

"It has to be just right," said Mooney, who kept one ear to a two-way radio.

The film's first unit, which includes the principal actors, was in San Francisco filming other scenes yesterday.

"Touchy and tough" is how second unit grip Danny Michalske of San Rafael's Industrial Light + Magic describes the work.

"The weather's been prohibitive and we've only had a few good days to film," he said, noting last week's rainstorms."

The script calls for sunny days.

"Who knows?" he said. "Maybe they'll have to change the script."

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