Local Bar Featured in Documentary on Skateboarder/MTV Star Brandon Novak

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Professional skateboarder Brandon Novak and Ridley Park business owner PJ Dolan.

A film crew was shooting a scene in nearby Ridley Park’s Dolan’s Bar this week shooting a scene for a documentary on Brandon Novak, writes Peg DeGrassa for the Daily Times.

The bar closed for two hours of filming and some regular bar patrons got picked as extras. Dolan’s Bar will recreate the bar where friends and family gathered in Baltimore for Novak’s father’s funeral.

“The Brandon Novak Story” explores the life of skateboard/MTV star Brandon Novak. According to Wikipedia, Novak is seen in CKY videosBam Margera‘s film HaggardJackass 3D, Viva La BamJackass Number Two, and Bam’s Unholy Union. In Haggard, Novak plays a friendly drug dealer named Dooli.

Matt Benson of Middletown grew up in Ridley and worked at the bar. He stopped by to watch the filming. “With all the money that I spent here over the years, maybe I can buy my way into the film,” he joked.

Steve Anderson of Ridley Park was chosen for a close-up in the scene, seen taking slow sips from a glass of Jack Daniels.

Joe Frantz, a Ridley Park native, has been a periodic visitor to Dolan’s. He also co-authored with Novak the book the documentary is based on, “Dreamseller: Addiction Memoir of Brandon Novak”.

Bar owner Pat “PJ” Dolan and Frantz came up with the idea to use the bar in the documentary.

Read more at the Daily Times about this moment of fame for Dolan’s bar.

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