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Lights, camera, tourism in Shelburne Falls

With a boom in movies being shot in Massachusetts, the state mulls teaming with filmmakers to draw tourists to set locations

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the second time in a year, this picturesque Western Massachusetts village was recently taken over by Hollywood, with cameras rolling up and down the main drag and movie stars strolling into coffee shops between takes.

The latest production transformed Bridge Street into the fictional Indiana town of Carlinville for “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. as a lawyer who returns home for his mother’s funeral. And even though the name Shelburne Falls will not be featured in the movie, the exposure could be a boon for the village — as well as for the state’s budding movie industry.

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