Filming "The Last Poker Game" at Avita of Newburyport
In late 2015, Northbridge Companies' Avita of Newburyport was picked to be home to the filming of “The Last Poker Game” starring Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino.
Sealing the deal.
Avita of Newburyport is located in a quaint and picturesque Massachusetts town, but fillmmakers said that the warmth, friendliness and enthusiasm of staff and residents sealed their choice of filming location.
Hanging out with the stars.
Avita of Newburyport Resident Care Director Noella O’Sullivan, center, poses with the stars of “The Last Poker Game,” Martin Landau, left, and Paul Sorvino. The film centers on two very different men and the new friendship they share with one another during their continuing journeys through life while in an assisted living residence.
Gerry Gallin and Martin Landau.
Executive Director of Avita of Newburyport Gerry Gallin with Martin Landau during the filming of “The Last Poker Game.” In the film, Landau's character lives with Alzheimer's disease.
Executive Director of Avita of Newburyport Gerry Gallin, center, introduces Massachusetts Rep. James Kelcourse, left, to Martin Landau during the filming of “The Last Poker Game.”
"The Last Poker Game" cast and crew.
The production team and actors spent eight weeks working in close proximity to the staff at Avita of Newburyport. "We got to know them and developed several friendships," says the community's executive director, Gerry Gallin.