The 2010 Connecticut Film Festival (CTFF) is ready to begin its spring fling this Tuesday May 4th in Danbury, CT. Last year the festival brought in over 6,000 people and this year it’s anticipating over 8,000 in attendance. The six day event will be featuring more than 100 films in 13 different genres, 80 live performances by up and coming musical artists, 7 big parties, and 2 industry networking events. There will also be over 75 educational workshops, panels and keynotes throughout the six days and the festival is bringing back a popular addition called “Writers Unblocked”, a four day screenwriters program that starts on Thursday May 6th.
It was less than a year ago when we first told you about Veilleux and crew wrapping up filming The Putt Putt Syndrome in Winthrop, ME and since then the flick has been putt putt’n along the coast. “It is wonderful that our film’s first festival happens to be in Connecticut,” says Veilleux. “I’m thrilled to come back home to share the film with my family and friends in CT. I feel like I’ve come full circle in many ways,” He added.
The Putt Putt Syndrome follows Jason London’s character Johnny, a happily married man who decides to test his bitter friend’s theory about why marriages fail. Veilleux will certainly be in attendance with not only the other two producers Allen Cognata and Donald Roman Lopez but Plymouth, MA born actor David Chakachi and leading lady Thea Gill. The screening will take place at the Heirloom Arts Theater on May 6th at 7:30 pm and following the screening will be a Q & A. For the latest news, become a fan of The Putt Putt Syndrome on Facebook.
We also caught up with New Haven, CT born filmmaker and small business owner, Nathan Wrann, who is extremely pleased to announce the upcoming world premiere of Burning Inside at this year’s CT Film Festival on Saturday May 8th.
Burning Inside is the second feature film from Wrann and Dalton Gang Productions. “Being selected for the CT Film Fest was a great honor, especially since we make micro-budgeted, gritty, dark and envelope-pushing movies and the CTFF isn’t exactly known for their “edgy” programming,” Wrann told us. “It’s great to get some recognition for the hard work that our cast and crew put in to make something of quality on almost no budget. I’m really excited that they’ll be able to see it on the big screen with their friends and family and being selected for the fest is a testament to their commitment and dedication.” Burning Inside is a psychological thriller filmed entirely in Southern CT with a cast and crew almost exclusively from the state. Following the screening, Burning Inside is slated to be released nationwide on DVD and other formats by NY-based Channel Midnight Releasing.
Find out more about tickets, screening times, and venues on the The Connecticut Film Festival website.
Only seven months ago, the independent film directed by Allen Cognata, The Putt Putt Syndrome, wrapped up shooting in Winthrop, Maine and as of today, the film’s trailer has already received over 5,400 hits on Youtube. The film, which features Jason London, Thea Gill ,David Chokachi, Heather Tom and Robert Maschio, follows London’s character Johnny, a happily married man who decides to test his bitter friend’s theory about why marriages fail. Johnny, who doesn’t want to believe his friend’s ‘Putt Putt Syndrome’, suddenly realizes he has all the symptoms himself.
When Hollywood East Connection last spoke with the producers of The Putt Putt Syndrome, René Veilleux and Donald Roman-Lopez of Verité Films, they had just finished wrapping up the film and were very excited about the outcome. They are even more thrilled that the film is complete only 7 months after wrapping principal photography. “A lot of films can end up in post-production purgatory,” Veilleux and Lopez tell us, “but together with our director and producing partner Allen Cognata, we had a clear vision of how we would get the film to the finish line as quickly as possible.”
A few months ago, Veilleux and Lopez decided to test the screening of the film with friends and industry professionals. As they read the feedback, one of the viewers wrote, “I do trailers. I work at a trailer house in LA. I really love the film, and would be happy to help you guys with a trailer.” Later, trailer editor Stefanie Crisman took the rough cut of the film and produced an incredible trailer. Veilleux and Lopez are so grateful for Crisman’s work and were blown away by how fantastic it turned out. Watch the trailer below:
Both producers are very modest about the work they have done but had no problem raving about the cast and crew. “It takes a village to raise a child,” Veilleux tells us, “and we really could not have done this without all of the support from the community and our hard-working cast and crew.” Lopez and Veilleux feel very lucky that they got to work with such an “amazing” post-production team as well, including editor Dino Marc Pascarelli in New York City, and composer/sound designer Craig Jansson in Melbourne, Australia. “Both of these teams have gone above and beyond to make our indie film look and sound outstanding,” Lopez tells us. “Sound is a very important element, it could make or break the movie, and we got really a top notch mix!” Veilleux and Lopez are overwhelmed with the response the movie is receiving and are looking forward to the future of the film.
As the film, continues to putt putt along, its first screening will be on February 6th in Winthrop, ME at the Winthrop Performing Arts Center. “We are really looking forward to going back to Winthrop and sharing the film with the cast and crew,” Veilleux tells us. Check out director Allen Cognata’s live interview on 92 Moose Head, central Maine’s hit radio station, where you can hear him talk about the film and leak a red carpet appearance in Winthrop. Cognata will also be conducting an interview airing this Thursday night at 7pm on NBC’s WCSH6 in Portland, Maine.
The film will then continue to putt putt down the coast and into New York City on February 12th for the second screening at the Tribeca Theater, where they will meet up with more cast and crew. It will then head to Los Angeles for another cast, crew and industry screening before they continue submitting it to festivals.
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