Photo: Philip Mauro
In this photo (and it’s not photo-shopped!) Pastor Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church is in the company of two very big movie stars: Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga who stopped by the Greenpoint Reformed Church Soup Kitchen, earlier today, to lend some support before the Kitchen’s Thanksgiving meal was served. Reeves and Farmiga are filming “Henry’s Crime.” Some of the scenes are being shot in the upper level of the Church. According to Ann, “Reeves is playing the part of a big-hearted man who is falsely accused of pulling a bank robbery on a bank in Buffalo. Farmiga plays the love interest of Reeves’ character.”
Reeve’s presence is also being felt in beneficent ways: The film production company producing “Henry’s Crime,” Ann happily reports, is donating funds to the soup kitchen to help begin a much needed rehab of the church’s basement.
For those who don’t know, the soup kitchen serves a healthy and delicious meal to as many as 80 people each week, which, says Ann, is a 20 percent increase over the numbers they served last year. “Due to this surge, to complement seating in the main hall, upgrading the basement space will allow the soup kitchen to keep up with the increasing demand by functioning as an overflow room on busy nights,” she says.
Designers Goil Amornvivat (of Bravo’s Top Design) and Tom Morbitzer have volunteered their expertise and will design a plan for the basement space, says Ann. “The duo, who live in Williamsburg, jumped at the opportunity to help us.”
The soup kitchen needs additional skilled volunteers, and financial contributions to help with the renovation. Donations can be sent via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7355736), or by mail to 136 Milton St. Brooklyn, NY 11222. Volunteers can call (718) 383-5941.