Joanie’s Blue Crab Café on U.S. 41 near Ochopee, recently became famous as the site of Florida’s newest film location.
A small group of University of Miami graduate students converged on the restaurant to use it as a set to film a school project called “Whatever Lola Wants.” The film will be shown at a later date during the University of Miami 2010 Student Film Festival held on campus in Coral Gables.
University of Miami student Tommy Demos wrote the original screenplay and also directed the 20-minute long, fictional short story narrative film with three characters titled “Whatever Lola Wants.”
The film script starts on Alligator Alley midday describing a shot of a white pickup truck moving down the road, then directs the action to, “cut to truck picking up hitchhiker, Jessie,” played by professional actor John McGlothian and the driver, Lola, portrayed by professional actress Juliana Harkavy.
The shot includes the pickup truck’s rear window plastered with stickers including “Warning – Burning rubber makes me horny.”
The scene shifts to Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe dining room, the closed set where most of the action takes place, said Harkavy. He was waiting for a cue from Demos who was setting up the next scene of her washing her hands because she has just murdered the cook, played by Ken Clement, because she was offended when he twisted her comment to him into a sexual innuendo about one of his body parts.
“I play Lola and I seduce Jesse (McGlothian) in this story,” said Harkavy, explaining she was recruited for the film through friends of playwright/director Tommy Demos.
Harkavy and McGlothian gathered on the porch to get a cold soda and they were very forthcoming in describing their part in the drama after that scene was shot. They related Lola and Jessie leave Joanie’s to find a motel, and the action shifts to a dream sequence told from both the actors’ perspectives and fades to a shot of the truck going down the road, and who is driving is the shocker that will be revealed at the end of the film.
The 25-year-old Harkavy said her most recent acting assignments included a Glad commercial and a minor part in “A Dolphin’s Tale,” starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. The movie is a warm and fuzzy family film that takes place in Clearwater and was produced by Warner Bros. for release in 2011, she said.
McGlothian said he’s been acting four years and confided, “I just recently started earning enough to pay the bills, but my next part is in “I Hate Hamlet” being produced at the Tamarac Theater of Performing Arts in Tamarac near Coral Springs.
Interestingly, Wes Warner, the stand-in for the cook (Ken Clemente), said he was an employed professional sous chef waiting to start work Oct. 4 at Mar a Lago, Donald Trump’s estate on Palm Beach Island. “Actually, my cousin is a friend of Tommy’s (Demos) and he invited me. I thought it would be fun to hang out for the week since I wasn’t doing anything,” said Warner, adding he worked in the best Mobil Five-Star and Triple Diamond restaurants on California’s West Coast before he was hired to work at the Trump estate.
Demos’ latest professional credits include 2010 M.F.A. Film Production, University of Miami, preceded by a Bachelor of Science dual major in Motion Picture/Psychology Demos earned in 2002 at UM, as well as several student films. “Station 24,” was a thesis film in which he was the producer, director, interviewer and editor. Demos was not only producer, director, and editor He also garnered several prestigious film industry awards for “Wake-Up Call’”
Production on “Whatever Lola Wants” has wrapped up and the final cut of ‘Whatever Lola Wants,” Demos’ thesis film project, will premiere at the University of Miami in December.
“More details to come on my website, www.TommyDemos.com, including the ending that I don’t want to reveal – you’ll have to come see it!” said Demos.