“The Last Day on Earth” Scouting the Bowery

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Filming is on the rise in the Lower East Side.  Between Another Night, Shame, and Person of interest, the neighborhood has definitely seen its fill of filming.  Moreover, location scouts are out and about, Hadad’s blocking the streets, and “no parking” signs posted everywhere.  This week, we learn that another movie in pre-production is scoping the area for a month-long base of operations.  Letters are taped to a handful of building entrances on the Bowery.

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The feature in question is entitled The Last Day on Earth, and stars Willem DaFoe in the lead role.  Directed by veteran Bronx filmmaker Abel Ferrrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York), the apocalyptic tale focuses on “two ardent lovers” who accept the inevitability of death in their final hours.  Here is the copy from the letter:

Having accepted their inevitable death in the hours before the apocalypse, two ardent lovers find themselves in a frenzy of emotions as to how to spend their last hours.  Their passion for a deeper spiritual understanding is clouded by the undeniable truth that their own human race has killed itself through its poor environmental choices.

Scouts are seeking a loft along the Bowery for the entire month of April, as follows.  One week of preparation, two weeks of shooting, three days off, and three days of cleanup.  Some stuntwork is involved, including breaking props and shattering windows.

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Guess the apocalypse on the Bowery is not exclusively relegated to the gentrifying gold rush.

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