Letter from the Mayor
As Mayor of New Bedford I welcome you to explore our vibrant
city as a location for your next film project.
New Bedford is an historic seaport located on picturesque
Buzzardís Bay, conveniently situated 60 minutes from Boston
and 30 minutes from Providence. New Bedfordís rich history
has endowed it with a wide range of landscapes,
streetscapes, buildings and character for a variety of film
Our unique city provides a wide array of visual
opportunities: an active fishing port, scenic beaches, and
large parks. Our diverse urban settings include commercial
main streets, historic tree-lined neighborhoods, a Civil
War-era military fort and industrial mill buildings.
Our historic downtown, with its cobblestone streets and
authentic 19th and 20th century architecture, has served as
the backdrop for films ranging from the 1950s Moby Dick
starring Gregory Peck to a mid 19th century period seaport
for the Walt Whitman segment of PBSís American Experience
series filmed in 2007. The 2002 feature-length film,
Passionada, also utilized various parts of our diverse city.
The Office of Tourism and Marketing is the point of contact
for filming in New Bedford. The office has many resources
available and is ready to assist with the following:
- Coordination of Site Visits
- Recruitment of production crew and extras
- Expedited permitting
- Contact information for related resources such as
sound and light equipment, funding sources, machinery
rental, media relations, and much more.
New Bedfordís diverse workforce including electricians,
carpenters, caterers, tailors and casting directors makes
hiring qualified professionals easy. The city also has a
multitude of antique businesses and a regional salvage
company highly experienced with providing a variety of
unique, hard to find props and stage building materials.
New Bedford is film-friendly and film ready. We are
experienced in working with location scouts and production
companies. We understand the need for timely information and
are accustomed to the specific requests that are the nature
of the filming industry.
For confidential information or assistance, tailored to your
specific project, please contact Dagny Ashley at 508-979-1745.