A full-length feature movie began filming in Delray Beach's historic Artists Alley district last week, and neighborhood bar and restaurant 3rd & 3rd has been in use as the main backdrop for the movie's story line.
For those of you who think you can act while, say, making a drink behind the bar, head over to Delray Beach and offer your services. The film crew is still looking for extras and will continue shooting through the end of the month.
Filming for After Midnight began in Delray Beach's Artists Alley district on Monday, August 14, and 3rd & 3rd owner John Paul Kline said he is happy to be part of the action.
"When they asked me [about filming here], I was all about it," said Kline. "We've been closed, so it was perfect timing, and it's pretty awesome."
The film's director, Damian Fitzsimmons, said he chose 3rd & 3rd for its proximity to his Delray Beach-based media group, Brave Man Media. It didn't hurt that the restaurant happened to be one of his favorite haunts as well.
"My studio is just a few blocks away from [3rd & 3rd], and my weekly ritual would be to come here after work for some food and a drink," said Fitzsimmons. "I've always loved this place and the vibe. So when a mutual friend suggested I use this space [for the film], I asked John Paul, and here we are."
The film is a low-budget production and is the first feature-length film for the media group. The company is known for producing commercials, short films, and documentaries. It hopes to feature this movie, which has been in the works for 18 months, on Netflix.
After Midnight has another Delray Beach tie-in: native Vance Vlasek, who stars in the movie. The film features Vlasek's character, Liam, who helps to open a bar and restaurant called Off the Rails in South Florida during the 1970s.
Filming at 3rd & 3rd is expected to wrap up later this month, just in time for Kline's grand reopening party in September. Kline closed 3rd & 3rd in June for the summer season to attend to minor renovations and restaff. In addition to a new bar manager and executive chef, expect to find some new faces come September -- as well as a few old ones, he said.
Kline has hired former Market 17 sous chef Michael Cabrera to run the kitchen at 3rd & 3rd and will be making some minor menu changes. Favorite dishes like the signature burger and skewers will remain on the menu.
"I gave a lot of people the choice to come back after we reopened if they wanted, so we'll still have some familiar faces around here," said Kline.
The grand reopening party will offer guests free appetizers and will take place Monday, September 1, from 4:30 p.m. to close. For updates visit 3rdand3rd.com, or call 561-303-1939.
If you're interested in starring as an extra, plan to wear plain clothing -- no sports teams, logos, or skinny jeans -- and head to 3rd & 3rd today through Thursday, August 21, between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Check the Facebook page for dates and times.
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