A big-budget movie crew descends upon a quaint New England village, sowing a bumper crop of corruption, vanity and greed in David Mamet’s State and Main. In the days that elapse before the cameras finally roll, money will change hands, careers will be jeopardized and love will bloom in the small-town soil.
Having been cast out of his original New Hampshire location, director Walt Price is in trouble: his film is losing money by the minute and shooting is set to begin in a matter of days. He needs a new location, one that won’t cost a lot of money and can reasonably pass for the 19th Century, when the film takes place. After a quick look around, Walt decides to move the production of The Old Mill to the sleepy little town of Waterford, Vermont. It seems perfect – Waterford not only has a firehouse and supportive citizens eager to meet and mingle with Hollywood glitterati, it even has an old mill. At least, that’s what it says on a brochure.