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Where was American Rust filmed?

But we're talking the consistently delightful Daniels, and western Pennsylvania, so I've got to see where "American Rust" goes. After all, those Buell police cars and camera crew spent a lot of time in Ambridge, so I'm counting on more local scenery. The TimesTady: 'American Rust' with Jeff Daniels gives its take on Western Pennsylvania

When does American Rust start on Showtime?

“American Rust” premieres on Showtime on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). You can also watch it on FuboTV (free trial), Sling and Hulu + Live TV (free trial). pennlive.comHow to watch ‘American Rust’ on Showtime: Premiere date, time, channel, stream for free

‘American Rust’ Review: Showtime’s Murder-Mystery Is a Stark Portrait of Small-Town Living

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Near the end of the first episode of “American Rust” — Dan Futterman’s limited series adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s 2009 novel of the same name — Jeff Daniels’ local sheriff tries to explain why he’s gone to bat for a young man accused of assault. You see, Del Harris (an exquisite name for the lead in a modern-day western) is a veteran of the Gulf War, and during the last month of active combat, he was on guard duty when he spotted a man walking too close to the base’s fence. That man was carrying a satchel, which Del feared was a bomb or some other danger to the station he was tasked to protect, so the scared teenage soldier opened fire.

“Next morning, patrol goes out to take a look and there’s hardly anything left — just blood and shredded clothing,” he says. “And no satchel. Did someone come and take it? Maybe. Was it there in the first place?” Del trails off, not able to speak the answer he’s feared for some time. “But you’re under threat, and you start defending yourself, and you just keep on going — past the time the threat’s moved on,” he says. “Maybe that’s just what men do, I don’t know. But it’s definitely what young men do.”

“American Rust” is not an easy show to watch. While not as physically brutal as other premium cable dramas, the Showtime series is stacked with unsettling revelations like this one, involving characters who lost their way long before a murder upends their community. Through three episodes (all that were screened for critics), it’s difficult to say where things are headed, either thematically or story-wise, but a happy ending feels far removed from the desolate landscapes of Buell, Pennsylvania.

What can be gleaned is stark, sad, and a bit vexing. As a portrait of small town life in America — with populations dwindling as quickly as job opportunities, and with drug addiction rates climbing — it’s recognizable and austere. As an examination of people clinging to the lives they have, if not necessarily the place they love, it’s heartbreaking. And as an examination of what men do when their simple dreams are driven further and further out of reach, it may very well be damning; it’s too soon to say, really. Is Del’s monologue about young men a defense, meant to excuse violent behavior and encourage second chances? Or is it merely an explanation of how we got here; of the frustrated, frightened men who see their hometowns falling apart and don’t know what else to do but fight for them?

Either way, “American Rust” offers no clean-cut heroes in its early few hours. Aside from Del, the 12-minute “in media res” opening introduces a slew of locals barely hanging on. Bill Camp (who last co-starred with Daniels in Futterman’s Hulu limited series, “The Looming Tower”) plays a former steel mill worker who, if his plant hadn’t shut down, would still be out of a job because of a near-fatal accident that’s left him almost wholly reliant on his son, Isaac (David Alvarez). Mr. English, played by Camp with a nasty baseline demeanor, gives the impression that it’s not just one misfortune that’s made him so difficult to deal with. That feeling is soon echoed by Isaac, when he steals his dad’s money, abandons his care, and runs away from home. Soon, it’s up to his sister, Lee (Julia Mayorga), to leave her well-off married life in New York and return home to sort out her dad’s personal care.

Then there’s Grace Poe (Maura Tierney), a seamstress first seen sewing a wedding gown before rubbing the ache out of her overworked hands. She bums a few painkillers from a colleague on a smoke break, before spending her evenings numbing those nagging joints with a cold drink. Her son, Billy (Alex Neustaedter), helps when he can, but the college dropout has a hard time steering clear of trouble — a recurring issue that complicates a burgeoning relationship between his mother and the town lawman.

The pull between professional duty and personal interest is put to the test in “American Rust’s” mystery, when someone shows up dead and Del’s ensuing investigation starts tying together our story’s sordid and well-intentioned characters alike. There’s Grace’s no-good ex-husband, who likes to make passes at his son’s mother while his new partner is just a few seats away. There’s a blatantly racist former cop, kicked off the force after using up Del’s repeated encouragement to shape up. There’s also a kindly active officer, earnest friendships, and fresh suspects from a few towns over. But so far, at least, Showtime’s series isn’t emphasizing whodunit; it’s focused on what these folks have already done and what few options they have for what’s next.

Written well before the 2016 election and released what feels like a decade after, “American Rust” thankfully isn’t acting as a window into Trump’s America; Futterman’s scripts go out of their way to avoid political discourse in favor of practical, issue-based queries (even if they also dip into TROT territory — making a villain so enthusiastically bigoted that anyone not spouting racial epithets comes across clean). In one way or another, every character is trapped; some are reliant on medication, which they can only afford if they keep their job or the government protects their benefits; others are tied down by loyalty, whether it’s misplaced or foundational. Yet the town has clearly been passed over, with its creaking, ramshackle structures, homes being sold out from under their owners, and wide swaths of uninhabited space.

Futterman, the credited writer and showrunner, paints a painful juxtaposition: Buell is filled with natural life that promises possibility — the arching hillsides, quiet rivers, even the barren trees outside Del’s house, where he goes hunting whenever he damn well feels like it, can be seen as dormant rather than dead. But the businesses, the buildings, the bones set in place by its citizens — they’re cracking, if not fully broken down. After a lengthy downward trajectory that’s hastened by job loss and addiction and the recent murder, is this just a place where people die? Or might life return, if the remaining men could find a healthier path forward?

“American Rust” could stand to clarify its thoughts beyond authenticity, just as it could certainly seek answers with a little more urgency. But there’s something admirable about its measured, deliberate pace. Haste isn’t a part of small town life. There’s no need to hurry when there’s no place to go.

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Where is American Rust Filmed? Is Buell a Real Filming Location?

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The show is set in a Pennsylvania town in the Rust Belt that consists of largely northeastern and midwestern industrial towns that are now in decline. The show is also entirely filmed in Pennsylvania, where multiple towns are used to piece together the show’s fictional backdrop. Filming for the show was scheduled to begin in March 2020 but was shut down a few days before principal photography began due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Production then restarted in the middle of March 2021 and was wrapped up by mid-August 2021. Now let’s take a look at the specific filming locations used to bring the show to life.

‘American Rust’ is set in the fictional town of Buell in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The production uses multiple locations in and around the city of Pittsburgh to stand in for their fictional setting. 31st Street Studios, located at 77 31st Street, serves as the base of the production. The production also uses the Carrie Blast Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark and former home to the Homestead Steel Works, to film many of its scenes. The now-defunct steel plant is located at 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard.

A backlot in Churchill Crossings, located at 1310 Beulah Road, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, is also used to construct exterior sets regularly used for filming. The exterior of a trailer and a cabin, both depicting homes of central characters (Grace and Del), are built on the lot. The State Correctional Institution – Pittsburgh, located at 3001 Beaver Avenue, is also used to film a few scenes, as is Pitcairn Road.

The borough of Monroeville, located about 10 miles from Pittsburgh, is also extensively used in the production. Nearby Tilbrook and Stroschein Roads were seemingly shut down during the filming of season 1. A bar under a bridge in the borough of Rankin is also used for filming, as is a Victorian home in the city of McKeesport. Other Allegheny County locations used in the production include Clairton, Oakdale, Allison Park, Glassport, Sewickley, Penn Hills, and Braddock.

The show is set in the larger Monongahela Valley region, which encompasses parts of Pennsylvania and neighboring West Virginia, which were known in the past for their highly successful steel industry. To depict the region authentically, filming takes place in other towns and neighborhoods around Pennsylvania, including Ambridge, a borough in Beaver County; Portersville and Harmony in Butler County; Donora, a borough in Washington County; Apollo, a borough in Armstrong County; and Perryopolism and Belle Vernon in Fayette County.

The production also uses the State Correctional Institution – Greensburg, located in Hempfield Township, and the city of Monessen (around Third Street and Donner Avenue) in Westmoreland County for occasional filming.

Lensing also takes place in the city of New Castle and the McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County. Many recognizable spots from these locations are used as backdrops, which are eventually stitched together to give the show’s fictional town of Buell its distinctly Pennsylvania aesthetic. Much of the area’s natural landscape is also used by the production to make the presentation convincing.

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Where is American Rust Filmed? Is Buell a Real Filming Location?

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The show is set in a Pennsylvania town in the Rust Belt that consists of largely northeastern and midwestern industrial towns that are now in decline. The show is also entirely filmed in Pennsylvania, where multiple towns are used to piece together the show’s fictional backdrop. Filming for the show was scheduled to begin in March 2020 but was shut down a few days before principal photography began due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Production then restarted in the middle of March 2021 and was wrapped up by mid-August 2021. Now let’s take a look at the specific filming locations used to bring the show to life.

‘American Rust’ is set in the fictional town of Buell in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The production uses multiple locations in and around the city of Pittsburgh to stand in for their fictional setting. 31st Street Studios, located at 77 31st Street, serves as the base of the production. The production also uses the Carrie Blast Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark and former home to the Homestead Steel Works, to film many of its scenes. The now-defunct steel plant is located at 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard.

A backlot in Churchill Crossings, located at 1310 Beulah Road, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, is also used to construct exterior sets regularly used for filming. The exterior of a trailer and a cabin, both depicting homes of central characters (Grace and Del), are built on the lot. The State Correctional Institution – Pittsburgh, located at 3001 Beaver Avenue, is also used to film a few scenes, as is Pitcairn Road.

The borough of Monroeville, located about 10 miles from Pittsburgh, is also extensively used in the production. Nearby Tilbrook and Stroschein Roads were seemingly shut down during the filming of season 1. A bar under a bridge in the borough of Rankin is also used for filming, as is a Victorian home in the city of McKeesport. Other Allegheny County locations used in the production include Clairton, Oakdale, Allison Park, Glassport, Sewickley, Penn Hills, and Braddock.

The show is set in the larger Monongahela Valley region, which encompasses parts of Pennsylvania and neighboring West Virginia, which were known in the past for their highly successful steel industry. To depict the region authentically, filming takes place in other towns and neighborhoods around Pennsylvania, including Ambridge, a borough in Beaver County; Portersville and Harmony in Butler County; Donora, a borough in Washington County; Apollo, a borough in Armstrong County; and Perryopolism and Belle Vernon in Fayette County.

The production also uses the State Correctional Institution – Greensburg, located in Hempfield Township, and the city of Monessen (around Third Street and Donner Avenue) in Westmoreland County for occasional filming.

Lensing also takes place in the city of New Castle and the McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County. Many recognizable spots from these locations are used as backdrops, which are eventually stitched together to give the show’s fictional town of Buell its distinctly Pennsylvania aesthetic. Much of the area’s natural landscape is also used by the production to make the presentation convincing.

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