The events of new Netflix horror thriller Things Heard & Seen take place between the small Hudson Valley college of Saginaw, New York and a tiny hamlet called Chosen, also in NY. So, is Saginaw College New York a real place?
Saginaw College, New York
The in-story location of Saginaw College, New York sounds like a real place, doesn’t it? But it isn’t.
However, confusing matters is the fact that the name isn’t completely made-up. There’s a Saginaw city in Michigan, in the County of Saginaw.
The name Saginaw – as in, Michigan’s Saginaw – is thought to derive from the phrase “where the Sauk were”, in the indigenous language of Ojibwe.
The Sauk, or Sac, are a group of Native Americans who, when the French colonialists arrived in 1667, primarily lived in what is now Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Is Saginaw College real?
Saginaw College, New York is a fictional place.
However, there is a real Saginaw Valley State University in the Kochville Township of Saginaw County, Michigan.
The only connection between the fictional college of Netflix’s Things Heard & Seen and the real life university in Saginaw appears to be… the name.
Chosen, New York is also a fictional place, but unlike Saginaw College there doesn’t seem to be a real life correlate for the name.
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Things Heard & Seen cast – who’s in it?
In the film, Catherine trades her Manhattan life for a remote home in Chosen, NY.
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Joining them are Ana Sophia Heger, making her feature film debut, and Kristin Griffith (The Devil All the Time).
Things Heard & Seen premiered yesterday on Netflix.