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Treme Filming Kerfuffle

March 22, 2010

Some Uptown residents are unhappy with Treme filming in their neighborhood. The production company has rented a house in the Black Pearl area to use as John Goodman and Melissa Leo’s pad.  It doesn’t sound *that* bad to me but, hey, I don’t live there.  I do, however, love saying the word kerfuffle.  Go see for yourself.


  1. March 23, 2010 8:50 am

    Honestly, the refrigerators and fake water lines would freak me out, but this is too much. Affected Black Pearl neighborhood? Tulane student who didn’t go through anything in 2005 and knows anything about Katrina PTSD? This is a story?

  2. March 23, 2010 9:27 am

    I remember living in Park Slope, Brooklyn during a time where (seemingly) there were weekly movie shoots. On one hand it’s cool to see something from that behind the scenes vantage point, on the other, it’s a total hassle, feels like your hood has been occupied, people telling you where you can and can’t walk.

  3. March 23, 2010 11:44 am

    Whatever their complaints, they can’t say that Simon doesn’t eat his own dog food.

    At last year’s Tennessee Williams Festival, Simon related a story that happened during filming of an episode of The Wire. They were shooting in Simon’s own neighborhood in Baltimore, and his wife Laura was trying to get home with a car full of groceries. Between the streets blocked by the production security and the one-way streets in the neighborhood, she kept driving in circles trying in vain to get to their house. Finally she pulled up to a roadblock where there was a security she knew and she asked him what the hell she should do. He told her, “I’m real sorry, Ms. Lippman, but I can’t let you down this way, it’s all blocked by trucks, and you’re gonna have the same problem all along this side.” And, according to Simon, Laura then yelled “You goddamn film people!” and drove off.

    No word on whether she got home before the ice cream melted.

    Myself, I think the Black Pearl people should quit their bitching. Although I know the school traffic around Audubon Charter School can be kind of a bitch even under normal circumstances, so hopefully they’ve made some allowance for that.

  4. March 24, 2010 1:59 pm

    By the way, we had a made-for-TV movie shot in front of our house in Austin back in the early 90’s. The main downside was that Valerie Bertinelli’s trailer was parked right in front of our house, and Valerie Bertinelli turned out to be a real bitch, even to the kids.

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