Friday was an exciting day at Casa Dos Gatos. Steve Rowe, Maine’s Democratic candidate for Governor, filmed a campaign spot at our house! Our builder, Ben, is a green builder, and I guess Steve Rowe wanted to showcase his commitment to the potential of a new green economy here in Maine. (I don’t want to speak for him though;I’m really not sure how the footage will be used or what his platform is.)
Here are Ben and Steve Rowe milling about before the cameras rolled:
Ben filmed a testimonial of sorts for the potential future Gov:
Then there was a staged conversation between Steve and Ben’s crew.
The crew attracted quite a bit of attention from the neighborhood, including from our mailman, who stood around watching the goings on for a few minutes before continuing on his route. When Nick caught up to him to get our mail (since it couldn’t be delivered while the crew filmed in front of our mailbox), the mailman was perturbed: even though Steve had bothered to walk up and shake his hand, the potential governor didn’t recognize the guy, who later told us he’d been delivering Rowe’s mail for 10 years!
I thought Steve was a nice guy–he seemed pretty genuine and interested in how Nick and I ended up in Maine, what we did for work, and where we’d come from. He was inquisitive with the crew, too, to his own detriment, apparently: While he was being filmed talking to them, the director kept telling him to look back and forth between the two workers, I guess for the sake of a better visual. But he was asking them real questions and I could tell he didn’t want to look away while listening to their answers, so he just kept looking at the one who was speaking, even while the director yelled, “More movement! Look back and forth! Shake your head!”
I guess the guys were answering in long sentences, because he never did move his head that much. Maybe they were giving him a rundown on how much work our house needs.