Crews shooting a documentary on the Boston Marathon Bombings have been spotted in town in the area of the Watertown Shootout.
A film company called Break Thru Films is working on the film for HBO. Crews were seen walking around the area of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street, where the Tsarnaev brothers got into the shootout with Watertown Police, on Thursday. With them were retired Watertown Police Chief Ed Deaveau and retired Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, according to Eastside resident Bob Erickson.
The crews also interviewed residents in the area of the shootout, according to Assistant Town Manager Steve Magoon. The filmmakers were put in touch with residents with the help of East End Councilor Angeline Kounelis.
“The filming will not include any reenactments or anything that might bring back bad memories for residents,” Magoon said.
In June, Break Thru Films reached out to residents to get video and personal stories about the shooutout and manhunt in Watertown to use as part of the project.
Filmmakers said they are working closely with local universities, running clubs, churches and other local groups, along with the Boston Globe.
Break Thru Films Producers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg have worked on award winning and nominated films including “Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work” (U.S. Documentary Prize for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival), “Knuckleball!” about pitchers Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, and Emmy nominated “Burma Soldier.”
[The story was updated on Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m.]