Reporter Leslie Korngold sent in this report:
Have you noticed the strange sign off the Hutch at North Street, “Win Min Parking”?
Well, according to George Thompson of Cortlandt Manor, the sign, written to hang either end up, is referring to the filming of “Win Win,” a Fox Searchlight movie being filmed in Westchester. The shoots include today at White Plains High School and next week in Eastchester. The story is about a runaway teen, Kyle, a lawyer who coaches high school wrestling and how Kyle turns the coach and the high school team’s lives upside down.
Thompson knows about this because his son, Walter Panas High School sophomore David Thompson, auditioned and won a part in the movie. The 15-year-old plays Kyle’s best friend, Stemler. Both boys are wrestlers and Thompson has a match in the movie. (David is shown, above, in a picture taken by his dad on an earlier film shoot.)
With students on holiday break, David Thompson will spend 12 hours today at White Plains High School, starting at 6:30 a.m.
The movie has been filming in assorted Westchester locations and will continue to do so for another two weeks, said Iris G. Stevens, who facilitated the filming in Westchester on behalf of the county. Confidentiality requirements would not allow her to disclose where Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Melanie Lynskey, and Jeffrey Tambor, principal cast members, will be appearing next, but she did confirm my information that the crew will be in Eastchester April 6.
Leesa Thompson, David’s mother who is on the set with him, said this morning that the crew will be on Long Island in Locust Vallery Thursday.
Thompson will be working on this, his first major film, until May 2.
Thompson wrestled last year for the Walter Panas High School, and before that in middle school. His acting schedule — he does independent films and is frequently used by colleges for their film courses — does not leave im enough time to commit to the team this year.
By the way, Thompson is tutored on the set in order to keep up with his studies, his parents said.