Friday, March 12, 2010
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.