Film crew shoots scenes in Vineyard Haven


A film crew for a new comedy, “Jumping the Broom,” shot some scenes near the Steamship Authority terminal in Vineyard Haven last week.

The movie is about “Two very different African-American families who converge on Martha’s Vineyard one weekend for a wedding,” according to the Internet Movie Database website. Stars include Angela Bassett, Lorretta Devine, and Laz Alonso.

The local go-to guy and location scout for the production company was none other than Fred Mascolo, owner of Trader Fred’s in Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, and Jane Brown Associates real estate.

Mr. Mascolo did the honors in his role as the Island’s television and movie commissioner. Gov. Deval Patrick’s office of film and television appointed him to the honorary position in late March.

“I have no idea why I was picked, but I’m very thankful for the position, because I love working with people,” Mr. Mascolo said.

As the liaison between the Island and the production company, Mr. Mascolo said his goal was to make everybody happy and to help the movie crew get what they needed from the Vineyard.

“Any film about the Vineyard is a good advantage for us, and a good advantage for the state,” he said.

Six of the movie’s scenes were shot on the Island. Most of the movie will be filmed in Nova Scotia.

“We really owe a big thank you to the Steamship Authority and the Vineyard Transit Authority for working with us,” Mr. Mascolo said. “Both bent over backwards to accommodate us.”

Bus drivers, for example, helped cut down on noise by shutting off their engines while waiting at the Water Street traffic circle.

As a result of Island cooperation, Mr. Mascolo said, “The production company was able to come in and shoot in one day what might have taken three or four days.”

The film is slated for theatrical release in May 2011, distributed by Sony Pictures.