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Friday, March 12, 2010

Following Mr. Tambourine Man Into the Woodlawn Cemetery

If you walked up Webster Avenue past Woodlawn Cemetery on Thursday it may have seemed as if you stepped back in time a few decades. That stretch of Webster is currently packed with Chevys, Fords, and Pontiacs from the 1950's and 1960's (see photo).

The cemetery was being used as a film set for a new movie called "Mr. Tambourine Man." The film will star J.K. Simmons (of "Law and Order", "Oz", and "Juno" fame) and Julia Ormond ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").

The famous Bronx cemetery will be the setting for Simmons’ character’s funeral. The independent production company will also be using the Mt. St. Ursula School on Bedford Park Blvd. for both interior and exterior shots on Friday.

Usually a very tranquil area of the Bronx, the cemetery was inundated with teamsters, trucks and filming equipment.

"Mr. Tambourine Man" will be a film adaptation of an Oliver Sacks (the author of "Awakening") case study called "The Last Hippie." It is a true story of a man name Gabriel who suffers a brain tumor and can only communicate to others through the music of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Production of the film was also done Wednesday on West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village.


  1. I go to Mt. St. Ursula and it was very cool to see the filming going on. It was an exciting experience!

  2. Gabriel becomes estranged from his family when he leaves home as a high school senior. He is separated from his family for about 20 years before he is reconnected with them. As an adult, his family is found and told that Gabriel has a brain tumor that has affected his short term memory. He is in a strange, vegetative state, and can not identify his family, or remember much about himself.

    His family consults a music therapist, who discovers that music from Gabriel's teenage years (like Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead), brings back his personality, communication skills, and memories. The music plays a key role in the family's reconciliation.

    Lou Pucci is playing Gabriel.

  3. Good job spoiling the movie.

  4. I was one of the unpaid extras who shot the last scence. a recreation of a grateful dead concert. it was alot of fun and i can't wait for the movie to come out


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