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Was The Film Musica Filmed in Harrison?

Apr 04, 2024
Musica (2024) Movie Poster Partial

Released today (April 4, 2024), Música is a vibrant coming-of-age love story that has captivated audiences with its rich narrative and compelling visuals. Directed by Rudy Mancuso, who also stars in the film, Música weaves a tale of an aspiring creator battling with rhythmic synesthesia. Set against the backdrop of the Ironbound Section of Newark, New Jersey, the film delves into themes of love, family, and cultural identity, portraying the protagonist's journey amidst the Brazilian community in Newark. The cast features notable names like Camila Mendes, J.B. Smoove, and Francesca Reale, enriching the film with powerful performances.

The narrative unfolds in various locations, with Newark's Ironbound section, known for its vibrant Portuguese and Brazilian diaspora, serving as a central setting. However, parts of the film seemingly extend beyond Newark, hinting at neighboring areas, which has sparked curiosity regarding its filming locations. Notably, while the movie explicitly highlights areas such as the Ironbound section of Newark, Hoboken, Clifton in New Jersey, and even international locations like Bradford and Harrogate in England, there's an intriguing question that emerges: Was Música also filmed in Harrison, NJ?

Scenes reminiscent of Harrison's landscape and the neighboring West Hudson Park, which borders the town of Kearny, suggest a broader geographic canvas for Música. Despite this visual evidence, there's no official confirmation or mention of Harrison as a filming location in any articles or by the production entities involved.

Further investigation into the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission's listings, which track ongoing productions within the state, does not reveal any direct mention of Música being filmed in Harrison either. This organization plays a pivotal role in facilitating film and television productions across New Jersey, offering a comprehensive database of filming activities. As of the latest update, no record directly links Música to Harrison, NJ, within their publicly accessible information.  The absence of explicit references to Harrison in both articles about the film and official production listings raises intriguing questions. Could the scenes that evoke the essence of Harrison be a testament to the film's meticulous location scouting, blending various New Jersey locales to create a cohesive narrative backdrop? Or, is it possible that these details flew under the radar, not captured in the broader conversation about the film's production locations?

As Música continues to garner acclaim and attention, the mystery of its precise filming locations—specifically, whether Harrison played a role—remains a topic of speculation. Without concrete evidence or acknowledgment from the filmmakers, the question adds an intriguing layer to the film's exploration of identity, place, and belonging. It underscores the film's connection to New Jersey, not just as a setting but as a character in its own right, contributing to the rich tapestry of Música's narrative world. Hey, we all know that Rudy Mancuso knows the Town of Harrison because of its connection to the Ironbound Section of Newark where he spent some time as a youngster.

Musica is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Watch the Movie Trailer above.  Watch a video about Rudy Mancuso, Director, Co-writer, Lead Actor of Musica.

Of course, there have been other movies filmed in Harrison NJ.  Can you name some?

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