Terrence Malick Shot Tree of Life All Over Texas. Including, Turns Out, in Downtown.
The view of the Chapel of Thanksgiving that appears, briefly, in the new Tree of Life trailer
Last night, in the comments of the Good Guys-are-gone item, Friend of Unfair Park "Urban Observer" observed: At the 1:39-minute mark of the just-released trailer for writer-director Terrence Malick's looooong-awaited The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, there's a fleeting glimpse of the Glory Window, otherwise known as the stained-glass spiral that is the ceiling of the Chapel of Thanksgiving downtown.
Which got me to wondering: Was this the work of a second unit, done while Malick and his cast were shooting in Smithville and Houston and Waco and elsewhere 'round the director's native state, or was the filmmaker actually here? I asked Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, who reveals: "The didn't want it talked about, very hush-hush. That's why you didn't hear. Terrence Malick (of course) & Sean Pean were here. Had a pretty small crew and shot for 2 days in June of 2008." The glorious trailer follows.