N.D.G. Park appeared to be hosting a giant kids party on Monday, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a Hollywood film crew shooting a scene that involved a giant kids party.
The film was Fatherhood, a Sony Pictures production starring comedian and actor Kevin Hart and adapted from the Matt Logelin bestseller Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.
The role is a much more serious one than usual for Hart. In the film, he plays a widower who is forced to raise his daughter himself after his wife dies in child birth. It is directed by Paul Weitz, who is best known for making the film About a Boy.
On Monday, there was a giant inflatable slide in the middle of N.D.G. Park and a group of kids playing a soccer game just north of the baseball diamond, all under the surveillance of the Sony Pictures film crew.
Fatherhood is one of a slew of American films and TV series shooting here now or set to begin filming in the coming weeks. Industry insiders say 2019 started off slowly, but that the filming scene has become much busier in recent weeks.
Filming begins next week on Spinning Gold, a bio-pic of Neil Bogart, the legendary music entrepreneur from the ’70s who founded the indie label Casablanca Records and helped launch the careers of Donna Summer, KISS, The Village People and Parliament.