Chloe Sevigny, of “Big Love,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” and “Bloodline,” started working on a movie about Lizzie Borden 10 years ago.
First, execs at HBO wanted it, but then they didn’t.
It became clear that making the film wouldn’t be easy, but at no point did Sevigny think about letting it go.
“I find her endlessly fascinating,” Sevigny said of Borden, who’s famous for being acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in Fall River in 1892. “People are constantly creating new plays, new books about her — this woman who was under the thumb of her father. Of course this is our take on the story, our interpretation.”
Sevigny talked about the film — which also stars Kristen Stewart — at the Provincetown International Film Festival, where she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award. At a party at the Land’s End Inn on Saturday, Sevigny dished about the movie and said she’d hoped to film it locally — she even took scouting trips to Massachusetts — but in the end, the budget (and weather) required her to go elsewhere. Savannah, Ga., wound up standing in for Fall River in the film, which will be submitted to festivals soon.
Sevigny explained that she has her own ties to Massachusetts, which is one of the reasons she’d hoped to film around Fall River. She grew up visiting Falmouth, and her dad is from Hingham (his family had a clam stand).
Sevigny said she’ll be taking part in Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “Finding Your Roots” program on PBS, and hopes that with all of her Massachusetts connections, the show will be able to find a link between her and Borden.
“I hope they make some wild discovery,” she said.
Sevigny and friends had been spending quality time in Provincetown since Wednesday. She said she’d visited the Old Colony Tap, Front Street restaurant, and the Mayflower cafe.