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PHOTOS: New Baz Luhrmann Netflix series films exterior scenes in Glendale

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Scenes for the upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down,” a musical hip-hop drama set in the late 1970s, were filmed on Wednesday afternoon at the former K-9 Caterers off Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

The empty storefront was transformed into “Adele’s Beauty Shop,” complete with retro signs advertising “summer braids.” Extras clad in bell bottoms and platform shoes filed onto the set amid vintage Cadillacs and lighting rigs.

The series is a period drama following the lives of a group of teenagers from the South Bronx during 1978. Events within the show will also coincide with political and cultural milestones, such as the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx.

“The Get Down” is set to star Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and singer-songwriter Herzien Guardiola, who will play the female lead Mylene Cruz, daughter of Rev. Ramon Cruz (played by Esposito). Mamoudo Athie will star as rap pioneer Grandmaster Flash, and Jaden Smith will also appear in a cameo.

The series is spearheaded by director Baz Luhrmann of “Moulin Rouge” and “Great Gatsby” fame and is set to air on Netflix in 2016.



Jackson Heights filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for new flick

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Photos Courtesy of Alex Webb

Actor Alex Webb has gone behind the camera to write, direct and produce award-winning films. Now, he is turning to Kickstarter to get his new film rolling.

The Jackson Heights resident has worked with actors such Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Ben Affleck and has appeared in the Netflix series “House of Cards” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

Aside from acting, Webb began working on film production with his first picture “The Girl in 2C,” which received a silver medal at WorldFest, an international indie film festival in Houston. His most recent short film “Hove (The Wind)” received the Panavision New Filmmaker Award and was selected for several international film festivals.

“The interesting thing I didn’t realize is that all along I had writing and directing right in my pocket,” Webb said. “I was much happier when those times came to be creative and start creating your own work.”

Webb decided the next step in his production career would be to create a full-length feature and came up with his newest thriller and dark comedy flick called “To The Flame.”

“[I wanted to] try to make a story that is super intriguing, weird and surprising and — on the production end — simple,” Webb said. “Make [a film] that would really lend itself to a micro-budget.”

On May 7, Webb created a 30-day Kickstarter project to help raise $25,000 in funds to make his feature film a reality. The money raised would go toward production equipment and hiring the remaining cast and crew members, as well as helping to keep location and travel needs to a minimum.

“The great thing about Kickstarter is you are raising awareness about your project before even starting it,” Webb said. “You get these people already hooked on the project and you’re getting an audience before it even starts.”

The film, which already has Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis and actor Bob Balaban slotted for cameos, was inspired by the works of directors Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. It follows two college students, Kyle and Penny, and their interaction with two neighbors, played by Webb and his wife Shirleyann Kaladjian, for a school assignment. The project then takes the students into the couple’s “dark and twisted world,” Webb said.

Shooting for the film is expected to begin in early July, with some scenes possibly shot in Queens, and a release date is slated for late this year or early 2015.

To watch a teaser for “To The Flame” and donate to the Kickstarter, which ends June 6, click here.