Tuesday, October 5, 2010

So. Amboy house turned into movie set for week


Bordentown Ave. provides setting for ‘Crackers,’ starring Vincent D’Onofrio

Photo by Chris Marconi

South Amboy residents may have thought they were in Hollywood recently when a local director selected the city to film his movie “Crackers.”
The short film, directed by Greg Principato, a Westfield resident and cameraman for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” stars Vincent D’Onofrio of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” as well as Brenda Vaccaro, Dan Hedaya, Sal Richards, Anthony Laciura, Vincent Mora and BethAnn Bonner.

D’Onofrio, who Principato already knew, was one of the first to sign on to the project; the majority of the others were selected via a casting agent.

However, the other star of the movie is none other than South Amboy.

“They welcomed us with open arms,” Principato said of the local community. He said officials made the process as easy as possible. “The town couldn’t have been nicer.”

Principato said he felt it was important to shoot in his home state, and South Amboy was a good location for cast and crew members coming in from New York.

“Crackers,” with a running time of about a half-hour, is a dark comedy about an Italian chef whose life takes an unexpected turn after his father-in-law’s sudden death at his dinner table. The film is based on a crime story Principato heard about a butcher about 10 years ago, although he wrote the script with friend Timothy Reinhardt.

The movie was filmed entirely within the city’s borders. Principato said 30 pages of the script were filmed in five days — and most of those were spent filming at photographer Chris Marconi’s Victorian home at Bordentown and South Pine avenues.

“They liked what they saw on the outside,” Marconi said.

Principato, who heard about Marconi’s house through word-of mouth, liked the rustic look, the floor plan and the large kitchen window.

“The first floor was exactly what I was looking for,” Principato said.

Marconi and his wife Dawn moved out for five days while the cast and crew went to work, although they do appear as extras.

The crew also went down the street to shoot at Henry’s Raritan Barbershop on Bordentown Avenue.

Marconi said he hopes the crew didn’t disturb his neighbors too much with 3 a.m. shoots that involved intense lighting and the closing of his street for a day. The process, he said, was a little rough on the house. All told, he’s not sure he would rent it out for a movie again. However, the crew did make some upgrades to the Marconis’ garden, which he said he’s likely going to keep. As a photographer, he also saw the experience as a learning opportunity.

And he enjoyed hob-knobbing with the stars.

“All of the actors were really cool,” he said.

Principato, who is now working on the score with his brother Doug, said he plans to have the movie completed by Christmas. At that point he’ll be submitting it for film festivals. Regardless, he’s accomplished his goal of becoming a director.

“I’ve wanted to direct for a long time,” he said.

He said he’s still looking for investors for the project.

For information and updates on the film, visit www.crackersthemovie. com.



havers said...

Amazing picture and cool article. Thanks for showing.

DonnaJo said...

I really, really hope that VDO cuts his hair for Season 10 LOCI. I know some of you ladies like the long curls, but I am a fan of the shorter hairstyle.

Very nice article. Thanks!

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List of films in production.

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

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Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

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Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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