MANCHAC - Singer-song writer-actor Kris Kristofferson headlines the cast of a movie being shot at Port Manchac Distribution Center.
Segments of "Jump Out Boys" will also be filmed in Ponchatoula once the scenes at Port Manchac are finished.
The actors and actresses, wardrobe trailers, cameras, equipment and lots of BMW and Cadillac automobiles were at the port Thursday for the filming. Also three Poncha-toula police officers have small parts in the movie as extras.
Tiger Bazell of Ponchatoula is the location manager and one of the actors. Dan Garcia of Mandeville is the producer. The top stars are Kristofferson, Bazell, rapper DMX, Amir of New Orleans and Shanna Forrestall of Baton Rouge.
The movie is about some escaped convicts being chased by law enforcement agents, played by Bazell and Kristof-ferson, Bazell said.
Port Manchac provides an excellent backdrop for some of the scenes, such as when a body is removed from North Pass, he said. The old warehouse at the port also provides a good setting.
"This is a great place for some of the scenes we had to produce," Bazell said.
Shoot-out scenes and a car explosion are being filed at the port.
Filming is scheduled to begin in Ponchatoula on Saturday that will include car chases and more shoot-outs, he said. Segments will be filmed at the Ponchatoula Pub, Mr. Jerry's, E. Woods Motors and Delatte's Country Market.
Jeff Galpin of New Orleans is the stunt coordinator. Galpin was on hand at the port Thursday helping arrange some of the shots.
The movie crew will be in the area until about Aug. 6, Bazell said.
Jeremy Ballard is one of the Ponchatoula Police Department officers having an "extra" role.
"We're playing local law enforcement officers," Ballard said. "It's very interesting."
But he said he's not giving up his day job.
Officers Kirby Varnado and Donald Burton also have roles.
Pat Dufresne, executive director for the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission, said he and the commission are more than glad to have the movie crew filming at the port. He said it gives Port Manchac some good exposure. Dufresne said other film companies may at some point be interested in shooting there.