Former local seeks to remake movie with stars
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In 2006, Patti DiVita lived in Summit County and finished filming her indie movie, “Did I Say Thousand Island?” Now, she’s hoping to remake it with Hollywood stars.
When she first shot the movie about an educated, single waitress who questions if she should get a real job, then discovers the true meaning of friendship when she meets Pete, DiVita used a group of local waiters and waitresses. Her message in the movie: To treat others as you’d like to be treated.
“Servers have always been very stereotyped in movies. People don’t look up to servers,” DiVita said. “I want to change that.”
When the film premiered in January 2007, DiVita garnered USA Today’s attention, as well as National Public Radio’s. The movie has been downloaded more than 41,000 times in 174 countries, but she still hasn’t captured the amount of people she’d hoped. As a result, she’d like to remake the movie with well-known stars.
“In order for it to do what I want it to do, it has to (be seen on a larger scale),” she said.
In her effort, she has revamped her website, and the movie is available for free. She wants profits from the remake to benefit nonprofits that help fight the global water crisis.
“I lived on Ptarmigan for five years with no running water in a camper,” she said. “Water is an important resource to me. I actually felt rich on days I got water.”
After living in Summit County for 15 years, she now lives in Alberta, Canada and is reaching out to organizations like Water For People, based in Denver.
“My friends in Summit County thought I was crazy with this project, and they may think I’m crazy again,” she said, “but I’m feeling called to do it again.
“Restaurant people are good people who like what they do – and they don’t spit in people’s food; there are stereotypes that have been perpetuated in movies that professional waitstaff have been fighting all their lives. Sure, people pass through, but there are a lot of people into their 50s working at nice restaurants, making great money and living in paradise. It’s a good life. It really is.”
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