Monday, March 5, 2012

Sherman Way.....The Movie.....Yup!....You Read That Correctly

Image courtesy LA Observed
Hot off the presses from Kevin Roderick (author of America's Suburb: San Fernando Valley) at LA Observed comes word of a new San Fernando Valley movie called Sherman Way. Yes, you read that correctly, there is currently a movie in development about life on Sherman Way in Canoga Park. 

According to the movie website:
Some things in life you don't appreciate until it's too late. A coming of age film, Sherman Way looks at the modern day family dynamics in the ultimate cultural melting pot of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. We are taken on this journey through the eyes of third generation 15 year old, Mexican American girl, Maria Sanchez.
This should be really interesting and I hope they represent Sherman Way and Canoga Park heavily. They should at least capture the Lederer Residence (HCM# 204) in West Hills at the top of Sherman Way as it slowly morphs into Platt Ave. This home has been there since 1934 before Canoga Park and West Hills exploded in growth and is one of the few landmarks of historical significance left in that part of the Valley. It will be interesting to see what other parts of Canoga Park are featured. I am guessing the Topanga Mall, Canoga Park High School, Our Lady Of the Valley Church, Rocketdyne, etc. Maybe they will also film the old Clem Ruh dealership with its recognizable sign.  

The last time a film featured a major street in the San Fernando Valley was Van Nuys Blvd released in 1980 about teenagers cruising Van Nuys. So to make a movie with a Valley street in the title is giving major props to the SFV and its residents. 

Speaking of Sherman Way, other movies to prominently feature Sherman way was  Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999) which both filmed in Reseda by Paul Thomas Anderson who is a Valley resident and makes every attempt to film in the Valley for the simple reason is because thats where he was raised. There may be other films also featured on Sherman Way but cant think of any off the top of my head. Let me know if you do. 

It feels like the Valley is getting more popular mainstream with Northridge mentioned in a recent rap song

I leave you with these historic postcards of Sherman Way in Canoga Park. Stay tuned for the move release to see what actually gets filmed, I am guessing probably sometime in 2013. 

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