Caesars strike talks displace cast, crew of The Birder

The Caesars Windsor strike talks put a kink in the night of those staying at the hotel, including the cast and crew of The Birder on the night of their Canadian premiere at the Capitol Theatre.
Cast and crew of The Birder locked out of hotel amidst strike talks. (CBC News)

The Caesars Windsor strike talks put a kink in the night for those staying at the hotel, including the cast and crew of The Birder on the night of their Canadian premiere at the Capitol Theatre.

Staff had issued a notice to each of the rooms warning of the possibility they would lock their doors, forcing patrons out.

By 8 p.m. Thursday night, Caesars staff had shut down the hotel as well as the casino and the building didn't open again until 9 a.m. the following morning.

Gerry Lattman with the Dot Film Company is the executive producer of The Birder, and was one of those affiliated with the production who were staying at Caesars.

"It was so chaotic last night," he said. "It was a little shocking. Knowing this was a possibility you have it in the back of your head to be prepared for the worst. When it happens, you're not really prepared. Plus, it was a big night for us."

Theodore Bezaire, the film's director, said the situation was disappointing. 

"It's definitely embarrassing when you tell people Windsor is a great city," he said. "We put them all up at Caesar's because its reputation is great. ...it's always going to be stuck in their minds."

Bezaire added that while it "put a damper" on the night, he did not let it ruin the night.

Lattman said he had to book rooms at the Days Inn instead.

He also apologized to the public about missing a meet-and-greet after party with the public as a result.

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