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‘Crazy for the Boys,’ new teen musical drama, films at The Diner on Abercorn

  • Amelia DeMilo and Hunter Sansone prepare to shoot a scene for “Crazy for the Boys” on Thursday at The Diner on Abercorn. The teen musical will be filming in Savannah until the end of the month. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)
  • The cast of “Crazy for the Boys” films a scene at The Diner on Abercorn on Thursday. The teen musical will be filming around Savannah until the end of the month. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Aside from the usual pancakes, The Diner on Abercorn was busy serving up some Hollywood magic on Thursday.

“Crazy for the Boys” filmed at the southside diner for about 12 hours Thursday. The film follows a group of teenage girls who bond to form the pop group, Drama, Drama, and lead a school campaign against bullying.

“The director came (in the diner), unbeknownst to anybody and the vibe was there. He had to have this place,” said the diner’s owner, David Desautels.

The movie, which will be released next spring, stars Ana Golja, Michelle DeFraites, Carlye Tamaren, Amelia DeMilo, Zonta, Hunter Sansone and Will Ropp. Martin Guigui is directing the film.

The teen-driven musical drama brings together five different girls with nothing in common who are recruited by the school’s principal to run a student campaign against bullying. Think modern day “Grease” meets the Spice Girls, said writer Brian Lukow.

“It’s got a lot of things we think kids love, which is really great, original pop music with lyrics that really pop off the screen, really cool choreography and there’s some really great comedy,” Lukow said.

“We think we’ll be able to connect with kids on a lot of levels, both in terms of a message of anti-bullying as well as through funky pop music and really infectious choreography.”

The fictional anti-bullying campaign featured in the movie has also been launched into a nonprofit to help curb bullying. The Student Campaign Against Bullying uses entertainment rather than lecturing and other methods to help promote a positive environment.

“Hopefully, we do some good. We’re in the process of using the movie to launch the SCAB nonprofit anti-bullying platform,” Lukow said.

“If we can even have a little impact on that, then it’s so much better.”

Filming began Monday and will wrap up July 30.

Lukow said the team is thrilled to be shooting in Savannah.

“As a New Yorker, I can tell you everything about Savannah is great, except the bugs,” Lukow said.

And the feeling is mutual for Desautels, who just acquired the diner in late May.

“… It has been a pleasure working with these people. They’re as down to earth and real as you’ve ever seen a person,” he said. “This has been fantastic.”

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For more information on the Student Campaign Against Bullying, go to www.thescab.org.

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