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Danbury Filmmaker Aims to Make Hat City a 'Mecca for Independent Film'

Danbury Filmmaker Aims to Make Hat City a 'Mecca for Independent Film'

Danbury, Connecticut – Sitting in a virtually empty American Legion hall a couple years back, local filmmaker Angel Rosa had an epiphany.

“I was sitting there during the casting call for a film we were trying to cast back then, a lofty and epic project based on a vampire-ishscreenplay I wrote that I was hoping to adapt into a web-series. The casting call was out, we even had fliers made up and distributed throughout the nearby university campus, posts on online casting sites, not to mention all the stuff we had up on Facebook. Even with all that prep work, the turnout was disappointing. Maybe a total of six actors and would-be actors showed up. I believe in retrospect that might have turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The project we were hoping to tackle was maybe a bit too ambitious for where we were as a team at the time. We needed a local network of like-minded people in the acting and film-making community and the only thing going on in Connecticut was taking place really on the opposite side of the state. That seemed illogical to me, especially considering Fairfield County's proximity to New York City. It was on that Saturday, right there in that American Legion hall that I formed Hat City Pictures. I've been building on the concept ever since.”

This Saturday, April 26, Hat City Pictures will begin filming their first 'official' short film, Only Moments, at Two Steps Downtown Grille and various other locations throughout Danbury. Angel calls the project “100% Danbury-centric” in its choice of locations and setting.

”The film takes place in a quintessential New England city, with a married couple who are meeting for lunch on the patio of a local cafe. The woman (Kate Billard of Milford) is running late, and the man (Eric Schuster of Westchester), well his patience is beginning to wear thin. By the time his wife arrives the audience can sense the tension between the two. The thing is, both the man and the woman could be accused of the same preoccupation with career and professional advancement.

Rosa adds that the film has strong elements of suspense mixed with moments of endearing drama.

“Enter the waitress (Angela Bowman of Lake Carmel), a war-widowed single mother of an 11-year-old boy, who herself has a similar preoccupation with time, but for reasons that maybe contrast that of the couple. She's watching her baby boy grow into a man and feels that there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything she feels she needs to do as a mother. Fate becomes a fourth party at this outdoor

patio, bringing with it a sobering lesson for all of us who may be guilty of taking people, life, and time for granted.”

Celebrity makeup artist, Maria Maio will be Department Head of Hair and Makeup on the short. John Balis, who served as an Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed documentary, Casting By, is credited as a producer on the film.

Rosa, who wrote the screenplay, will also be directing it. James Chiaramonte of New Milford is Co-Producer and Renato Ghio of RmediA in Danbury is the film's Director of Photography. The producers of Only Moments have set up an Indiegogo campaign to recoup funds already allocated toward production. If you wish to learn more about the film and the people behind it, and perhaps wish to make a donation, you can visit their Indiegogo site at www.onlymomentsfilm.com

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