Indie Film shot in Hoboken: Tim(id)
Tuesday Trailer Talk…
Not sure if many of you attended any of the “Hoboken International (faux) Film Festivals” in the past few years. But let’s just say I never really got into these events because something just didn’t feel right about them. Most of the flicks looked awful – and there wasn’t too much artistic representation. You know, the NYC tri-state area is filled with genius filmmakers looking for exposure – so exactly why weren’t there any knock-out films?
Well, I’ve been speaking with filmmaker Frank Perrotto recently – and this might give you a little insight. His film was “rejected” for this year’s festival – despite having a VERY strong Hoboken representation. Below you can see his letter – and compare Frank’s trailer with what was billed as the “feature film.”
What’s up with the Hoboken Int’l Film Festival?
“Hi, my name is Frank Perrotto and I’m a writer/director currently finishing up my indie feature film “Timid,” much of which was shot in Hoboken. I thought it might be of interest to your readers to check out the trailer since we were able to use locations like the waterfront, Schnackenberg’s, Truglio’s Butcher, and Church Square Park. My wife and I were living in Hoboken while making the film but relocated to Los Angeles in November of last year. We both currently work in television.
Also, I remembered reading an article in which you called to task the Hoboken International Film Festival and it’s programmer for filling most of the best slots with his own films. We submitted the film to the HIFF and were, of course, rejected, most likely to make room for his latest opus, O.B.A.M Nude.
I also sent an email to them ahead of time letting “the deciders” know that the first third of the film takes place in Hoboken, we made fantastic use of these locations, and that we had (and still have) many friends living in Hoboken who work in the entertainment industry and would very likely attend the festival to at least see ‘Timid’. I’m fairly certain that none of them had previously attended, so I thought it might help. Most of the actors are from New York as well, and we really would have had a nice presence at the festival.
Maybe we deserve to get rejected, who knows… but I have to say, Hoboken’s is the ONLY festival I’ve ever heard of where the programmer and organizer has the gall to put his or her films front and center. Only in Jersey, I guess, right? It’s difficult to be objective, but I look at that clip and I’m like… really?
Just wanted to pass it along. Perhaps we could do a follow-up once the film begins to screen and especially once it is released on DVD?
Timid vs. O.B.A.M. Nude: You decide
Here you can see the trailer from Frank’s movie that was rejected – and after that Kenneth Del Vecchio’s “masterpiece.”
I say “Plot vs. two guys in a room.”
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
PS – Hoboken411 will be following up on this story sometime in the Fall…