Movie crew shuts down Belleville square

News-DemocratOctober 18, 2013 

Wonder why the Belleville Public Square was closed to traffic Friday morning around 10:30?

It wasn't a riot, the second coming of Oktoberfest or a police emergency, as some concerned residents speculated. It was closed for the filming of a movie.

Belleville native Ted Trentman, who typically makes movies closer to his Los Angeles home, decided to use Belleville as the setting for his latest work.

The filming closed down the square for about an hour, according to Belleville Police Department Assistant Chief James Spargur. He said no overtime pay was involved for the officers, who kept back traffic from a block away in each direction while the filming went on.

There was no word Friday when the film, tentatively titled "Belleville" will be released.

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