“The Dangerfields,” an independent film based on a true story, has been filming in Connecticut all month and production was in Woodbridge Wednesday.
The story is set in the 1960s and Woodbridge’s “Amity Bowling Alley” offered the perfect retro-look producers were seeking.
Not only is the movie being filmed here, it also features a nearly complete Connecticut cast.
“I just thought I’m gonna do a casting call here (in CT) and see what I got and I was blown away by the amount of talent,” says director, Reno Venturi.
Venturi is from Hamden and is proud to tell the story of four Connecticut musicians who gained local popularity in the 1960s.
“The four young lead (actors) that are in this, they all sing all their own music, play all their own instruments, they are phenomenal. The talent is great and all local. Home grown,” he says.
Among the local talent involved is actor Brandon Oliveras, a student at New Haven’s Wilbur Cross High School. Oliveras plays a character named “Mike” who, much like himself, is making his way through high school.
“Mike wants respect. Respect from everybody else in the school because, freshman in the 1960’s, you’re kind of treated like crap,” says Oliveras, describing what his character is dealing with.
Wednesday’s filming took place in Woodbridge, but locations have taken the production crew throughout the state.
“I don’t think there’s any place we haven’t been,” said Venturi with a big Laugh. “It would just be easier to say the places we haven’t been.”
The setting of the movie is Terrytown but production has been done predominantly in the New Haven area.
Writer and Producer, Doug Lumpkin was an original member of the “Dangerfields.” He also comes from a long line of family members who are military veterans, so when it came time to decide where the proceeds of this film would go, the decision was easy. Lumpkin says all proceeds will benefit Veteran’s Charities.
The movie will go into post-production next month. No release date has been established yet.