Rahway Funeral Home Serves As Movie Set

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Actors Michael McGuinness (left), David Marguiles (second from right) and Steven Hall (right) pose with Will Davis of Pettit-Davis Funeral Home (second from left) during a break from filming. (Photo courtesy of Will Davis)

Actors Michael McGuinness (left), David Marguiles (second from right) and Steven Hall (right) pose with Will Davis of Pettit-Davis Funeral Home (second from left) during a break from filming. (Photo courtesy of Will Davis)

RAHWAY – The Petit-Davis Funeral Home in Rahway was recently the site of a movie shoot. Director Jesse Gustafson and writer/producer Nicole DeMasi chose the funeral home to be a key location in their film about an estranged father and son who are struggling to repair their relationship while attending two funerals in one day.

David Marguiles, who had roles in The Sopranos and the first Ghostbusters film, as well as professional actors Michael McGuinness and Steven Hall, appeared in scenes shot in Rahway.

DeMasi is finishing her MFA degree at Columbia University and has worked on behind-the-scenes specials and awards campaigns for well-known films such as Chicago, Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds. She sold a screenplay, Paranoia, to Miramax Films and is now working on the CBS television show Person of Interest.

Gustafson served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of Operation Joint Guard before beginning his film career. He has worked on visual effects for feature films, including Cold Souls and Asylum Seekers and was a producer at an advertising agency, where he worked on national commercials. He is also enrolled in an MFA program at Columbia University.

The completed film will be shown as part of the Columbia University’s film festival and will be submitted to other national and international film festivals.


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