Petaluma taking star turn as film crew in town

  • Actress Lea Thompson, center, embraces her co-stars after wrapping up filming for "The Wrong Side of Right" during filming at city hall in Petaluma on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (ALVIN JORNADA/ FOR THE PD)

A courtroom drama over puppy mills, animal rights and radical activism is playing out in Petaluma.

You’ll find out the verdict next spring, when the feature film “The Wrong Side of Right” is released.

Picturesque Petaluma, the backdrop for several films over the years, is hosting Petaluma native Ali Afshar’s independent production, in the midst of filming at several locations in and around town.

'The Wrong Side Of Right' Filming


Wednesday, the team — including stars Lea Thompson, Sherry Stringfield, James Remar and others — filmed courtroom scenes inside a rarely used county courtroom inside City Hall.

“I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Afshar, who grew up on a family ranch on Old Adobe Road and attended Old Adobe Elementary School, Kenilworth Junior High School and Casa Grande High School.

“I was visiting my brother who lives in Bodega Bay, and I literally pulled off the side of the road and said, ‘This is it! This is where we should film’,” he said.

Petaluma will play a fictional California town called Marshfield in the movie and dozens of locals may see screen time as extras. Afshar also hired several local residents to help with production and feeding the crew.

Larry Peter, owner of Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, and his wife, Diane, are hosting several members of the cast at a Tomales home that was used in the movie “Scream,” and are providing much of the catering for the staff of five dozen.

Diane Peter will appear as one of the jurors in the film.

“It’s so fun. And he loves it,” she said, teasing her husband about the Hollywood glamour. “He loves the stars, the excitement.”

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