CRANFORD – Are you ready for Halloween? How would you like to attend a premiere of a new horror film? Then plan to be at Union County College at 5:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, for the premiere of a new student produced film, “Looking for Amanda Kill.”
The film will be shown in the Roy Smith Theater on the college’s Cranford campus and a question and answer session with the writer, director, and cast, will be held after each viewing. All are welcome to attend and the film is being shown courtesy of the college.
Written and produced by Sean Williams and directed by Eddie Jersey Karmin, the development of the film began about a year ago. The script was written by Willams during the spring 2011 semester after the completion of his first short film, “Gravesight.” “Gravesight” is a zombie film also produced at the College by Williams, and which served as the avenue for him to meet many of the student actors who would act in “Looking for Amanda Kill”.
“Amanda Kill” is metaphorically based on the end of a relationship. As William’s explained about writing the script, “I took it (the story) a step further and included the true devastation that lies within our emotions and in our blood. When love is lost, we die inside.”
Karmin met Williams when he decided to get involved with the filming of “Gravesight.” Williams saw Karmin’s ability to direct and that his vision behind the camera was the assistance that Williams needed to expedite the production of “Amanda Kill.” They became an instant team.
Christina Fernandes, a Union County College alumna who is currently a student at Columbia University, is the lead actress. Williams and Karmin also have pivotal roles in the film. Other Union County College alumni, along with current students, and an occasional staff member, comprise the cast of the film as well as the production and post-production teams. The director of photography/editor is Union County College student Eric DiPietro and Chris Palmer is responsible for sound design.
Some of the filming of “Looking for Amanda Kill” was done on the college’s Cranford campus. “Looking for Amanda Kill” is also the first individual student project that has been supported with financial assistance from the college’s Student Government Association. This support motivated Williams, Karmin, and the rest of the team to set a production schedule that would allow them to complete the film for premiere this Halloween. Much of the filming was done during the summer months when the college’s campus was not as busy as the fall or spring terms, and while the students had a little more time than a typical fall or spring semester. The filming needed to be done to allow enough time for the editing of the film prior to its premiere release on Halloween.
In addition to the college’s Cranford campus, some of the filming occurred at The Windsor Diner in Clark, to which Williams, Karmin, and the entire cast extend a special “thank you.” The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. This event is open to all to attend. For more information on Union County College, or for directions to the college, go to www.ucc.edu.
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