Hollywood movie ‘Finestkind’ films high-speed car scene in New Bedford

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NEW BEDFORD – Filming for the Hollywood film ‘Finestkind’ continued on Wednesday, featuring a car speeding through the South End – attracting many curious locals.

“We’re just having fun watching,” said Tasha Telles, owner of Beira Mar Bakery on Cove Street. “We could be caught in the act, like our sign.”

Telles said business was business as usual for the bakery, uninterrupted by the shooting which took place a few blocks down the street. “It was a little confusing this morning for my elderly clients,” she admitted, adding that she let them park in a “no-go” area because street parking was closed.

“It was just fun to be a part of it all,” she said.

Several locals and business owners are watching "Finestkind" filming on Cove Street in New Bedford on Wednesday.

Wednesday marked the seventh day of filming in the film’s 34-day production schedule. After filming for the past two days on Briggs Street, this was their biggest shoot yet, closing several streets to accommodate a stunt featuring a car.

Cove Street between JFK Memorial Highway and Viall Street was closed along with many side streets.

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“They gave us notices a few weeks ago,” said Susie Amaral, owner of the Alianca restaurant on Cove Street.

“They put up posters on all the doors, leaving [us] knew they were going to be here at that time.”

Amaral said the crew was already filming when they arrived to open the restaurant around 9:30 a.m.

"Finestkind" continued filming on Cove Street in New Bedford on Wednesday.

“They work that way,” she said, adding that she’s heard they film different sections of a “chase scene” in two-hour increments.

“It’s pretty cool to see them around town,” added Amaral.

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Crowds gather to watch the car scene

“Finestkind” follows two brothers from opposite sides of the tracks, who are reunited as adults during one fateful summer. When desperate circumstances force them to make a deal with a dangerous Boston crime syndicate, a young woman finds herself caught in the middle.

Wednesday’s scene featured a red car with a hood-mounted camera. During filming, several background actors slowly drove cars down the street as the lead car speeded past them on Cove Street, over a sidewalk, and dodged a garbage truck on Harbor Street.

Toby Wallace (“The Society”) and Jenna Ortega (“You”) were spotted on set.

“Sometimes you take for granted the beauty of downtown near the port,” Amaral said. “It’s kind of cool that they felt like we were worth being in a movie. That’s huge.”

"Finestkind" continued filming on Cove Street in New Bedford on Wednesday.

Amaral worked as a waitress at Alianca for 15 years before taking over the business three years ago. She said that outside of filming, another exciting moment outside her restaurant is the New Bedford Half Marathon.

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“They just pass by here,” she said. “It was really exciting. I had the music blasting. We were giving them water, motivating them.”

“Finestkind” also stars Ben Foster (“Hell and High Water”) and Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones.

“I could watch this all day,” said Donna Contellio, who walked a few blocks away. She and ten other people gathered outside Beira Mar Bakery to watch the filming and take some photos and videos with their phones.

Oscar-winning “Finestkind” director Brian Helgeland, a New Bedford native and graduate of UMass Dartmouth in 1983, worked nearby in a large production van parked on Cove Street.

Filming resumed later that afternoon around the New Bedford area. Production will then be in the Stoughton/Brockton area for the next few days, before returning to the city to film more scenes on Monday.

Standard-Times editor Seth Chitwood can be reached at shitwood@st.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ChitwoodReports. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Standard-Times today.

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