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Behind the scenes of the upcoming thriller ‘Exit 0’

Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), who plays a detective,  filming on the porch of the Doctor’s Inn | Photo courtey of E.B. Hughes

Exit 0, an upcoming suspense thriller starring Gabe Fazio and Augie Duke, recently filmed at the Doctor’s Inn B&B in Cape May Court House and various locations around Cape May. We caught up with writer, director, producer E.B. Hughes and got the scoop on the film, what role Cape May played in the production, and when you can see it.

Why did you select Cape May for the film’s location?

I am an Ocean City resident. The storyline of this film, EXIT 0, revolves around a couple who come down from New York and stay at an old Victorian Inn, one that the male character used to visit as a child, and one that carries dark secrets from his past—that become more prevalent as the story unfolds.

So, Cape May was a logical choice for me. I have always loved Cape May—have frequented the town throughout the years—and can’t remember many, if any, films being shot there. It’s a beautiful town, and one that should be exploited more. The historic nature, the beauty of the old homes add flavor, and the town is meant to be photographed.

Cast and crew at the Doctors Inn | Photo courtesy of E.B. Hughes

You filmed at the Doctor’s Inn in Cape May Court House. What made you select that B&B?

I had reached out to several B&Bs in Cape May, some had shown interest, but none were willing to readily commit. I was literally sitting at a red light one day, and glanced over to my left and saw the Doctor’s Inn. I was intrigued and knocked on the door. The owner wasn’t there, but I called and spoke to her, arranged a meeting, and I told her my plans. She was surprisingly interested, and part of the deal was to lodge some of the cast and crew at the Inn, and also use it as the primary location. It worked out perfectly.

What places in Cape May will we be able to recognize?

Though the name of the town is never mentioned in the film—it’s really a no-name small shore town—viewers will definitely be able to recognize parts of Washington Street Mall. Some side streets will be recognizable. Parts of Beach Avenue were used for driving sequences. I shot the detective scenes at the Cape May Police station. Chief Marino and his staff were incredibly kind and supportive of the project. We also shot two nights at the restaurant Elaine’s Cape May. Everyone was just incredibly helpful.

Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects) on set at the Doctor’s Inn | Photo courtesy of E.B. Hughes

What was the biggest challenge you faced shooting in Cape May during the off season?

Though off season was part of the storyline, the unpredictable winter weather [was our biggest challenge]. Some of the days were quite cold. One day we were shooting exterior shots, and there were some snow flurries. That was not in the script, but it certainly didn’t shut down production. The week before we started filming, we had a bad snow storm, so all in all we got pretty lucky with the weather overall.

You’ve got 25 screenplays to your name. Did you write this one?

Yes, I wrote the screenplay during the late winter early spring months of 2017.

What are your favorite genres to produce/direct, and what are your favorites as a moviegoer?

I’m drawn to character-driven dramas, many films from the early 70s- like Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, Night Moves, The Conversation—heavy-handed dramas. The storyline surrounding EXIT 0 is multi-layered—but also a mixed genre film. I wouldn’t classify it completely as a psychological thriller, but also a drama—very character-driven, but with elements of horror, mystery mixed with a psychological thriller.

You just wrapped filming, so this might be premature, but is there a target release date? How can we see the film?

It’s tough to say. The editing process can sometimes be a lengthy one. But I’m aiming for sometime in the fall for festivals, and also target distribution companies. I’d like to do a local screening, but also a private screening in New York—because most of the cast & crew are from that area.

At the moment there is a Facebook page for EXIT 0. I will keep everyone updated as to the progress we are making.


Note: Only a handful of movies have filmed in Cape May, the earliest being comedy shorts in 1913.


Five local businesses making a difference this holiday season

This is the season of giving, but that doesn’t just mean gifts for friends and family—it can also mean giving back to the community. Here are five local businesses who are making a difference this holiday season.

Tomorrow night, November 18, The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will be collecting canned goods at the Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Physick Estate between 6-8pm. Your donation will get you a free tour of the Physick House. MAC is also participating this season in a Toys for Tots drive at the Estate, where you can drop off toys and monetary donations for this perennial Christmas endeavor organized by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Now through the end of December, the Montreal Beach Resort is collecting non-perishable food items to assist local families, with all donations going to the Cape May Community Food Closet. And if you take a selfie with their “I Made A Difference” sign when you drop it off, and thenpost it to Facebook, they will also donate $5 for each post, up to 100 posts.

Carney’s Cookies (carneyscookies.com), the brainchild of Dana Dewedoff, is spreading holiday cheer in a sweet way. From now until December 8, ten percent of the profits for their baked-at-Carney’s cookies will be donated to the Alzheimer Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Sold in boxes of 16, 24, and 36, you can choose to spread some made-in-Cape May joy via Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut, or White Chocolate Drizzle Cookies. Or just buy them for yourself. You deserve it.    

Willow Creek Sip N’ Shop is an opportunity to support local small businesses AND give back to the community AND cross off everything on your list—win, win, win. This third annual event will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 11am-7pm, and Sunday, December 13 from 11am-5pm. Over 30 local vendors will be on hand, with live music and wine to sample, hourly prize drawings, and even Santa will stop by. Your admission charge? A non-perishable food item for people OR pets, which will be collected and distributed by the West Cape May Fire Department.

The Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa Hotel will be collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 10th at the restaurant. The toys should be for boys and girls, ages 3-17, and will be donated to the Cape May County Special Services School District. And if you don’t know what to buy, they’re accepting monetary donations for the schools as well!  


Mad Batter honors veterans in memory of Harry Kulkowitz

Harry Kulkowitz being honored by President Obama on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. / Photo credit: Mark Kulkowitz

You most likely know the Mad Batter Restaurant on Jackson Street. You might not know that the restaurant was founded in 1978 by a man named Harry Kulkowitz and that it completely changed Cape May’s restaurant scene. Harry, who was born in 1924, passed away in August at the age of 92.  

A WWII veteran who served in the Battle of the Bulge, Harry was awarded French Legion of Honor in 2010, and in 2014, was honored by President Obama at the 70th anniversary of D-Day with these remarks:

“Think of Harry Kulkowitz, the Jewish son of Russian immigrants, who fudged his age at enlistment so he could join his friends in the fight. Don’t worry, Harry, the statute of limitations has expired. Harry came ashore at Utah Beach on D-Day. And now that he’s come back, we said he could have anything he wants for lunch today—he helped liberate this coast, after all. But this humble hero said a hamburger would do fine. And what’s more American than that?”

President Obama, June 6, 2014

In honor of Harry’s memory and in recognition of all those who have served, the Mad Batter Restaurant, owned today by Harry’s son Mark, is giving $18 toward breakfast or lunch to any veteran showing a Cape May County Veterans Card or a Military ID Card from November 6-10, 2017. 


Sea turtles from 2016 stranding season released in Cape May

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King Tide, left, and a green sea turtle are rereleased in Cape May Point State Park / Photo: Michelle Giorla, CapeMay.com

A small crowd and two news cameras watched the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) release two turtles this morning at Cape May Point State Park. King Tide, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, had been rehabilitated by the New England Aquarium in Boston since his rescue in Cape Cod last December. He is their last release from the 2016 stranding season. The second was a green turtle rescued from the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. The turtles were released in Cape May at outgoing tide and will swim to warmer southern waters.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is a critically endangered species and is rarest of sea turtles. King Tide underwent surgery for an infected joint in his fore flippers and was fully recovered before his release. Green sea turtles are also endangered.

The MMSC is a non-profit organization that rescues sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. Since they began in 1978, they have responded to over 4,800 strandings and handled nearly 2,000 turtles. Find out more about them on their website mmsc.org.


Spring Pictorial

Although it seems to be slow in arriving, spring is in the air and the photographers at CapeMay.com have been out and about to record the blooming of our island because, as that great bard Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!”  Make sure you tell us what you think about the photos in the comment section or by clicking the like button.

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Photo contest staff picks

In February, Cape May Magazine held its first photo contest, and the winners (who were chosen by the magazine’s Facebook fans) are published in the Spring 2013 issue. But we thought it would be fun to share our staff favorites with you here on CapeMay.com.

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“I’m King of the World”

Photographer: Katrina W. Miller – November 8, 2012
Who liked this best: Jessica Keeler, web & social media manager

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Photographer: Valerie Cancel – August 2011
Who liked this best: Susan Tischler, Editor

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yellowgull

Photographer: Mary Gentile – April 2012
Who liked this best: Bernie Haas, Publisher

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Photographer: Steve Haas – Spring 2011
Who liked this best: Stephanie Madsen, Art Director

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driftwood

Photographer: Lisa Ryan – July 4, 2010
Who liked this best: Michelle Bumm, staff photographer

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Your favorite pictures from 2012

We started Picture of the Day back in 2003, and it is still our most popular feature. Throughout the year, visitors vote on their favorite pictures by clicking the heart button. Here are your favorite photos from 2012.

January 2012: Hot Wave

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February 2012: Cloud Cover

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March 2012: Day is Done

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April 2012: Moonlit Diamond Beach

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May 2012: Post Sunset

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June 2012: Perspective

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July 2012: 9:40 pm

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August 2012: Early Sun

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September 2012: It’s all here

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October 2012: Morning Gull

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November 2012: Beaux

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December 2012: Our Lady Star of the Sea Christmas Eve

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