2009-12-25 / Community

Locals Win With Trailer For Unmade Movie

By Howard Schwach

Patrick Connelly plays one of the Rockaway lifeguards and surfers who wants to sail to the hottest surfing spots on Earth. Patrick Connelly plays one of the Rockaway lifeguards and surfers who wants to sail to the hottest surfing spots on Earth. Most people have seen movie trailers that often decide whether or not they will shell out ten bucks to see a particular movie.

Local writer Patrick Connelly, who has appeared as an actor in such television shows as “All My Children” and “Law and Order,” had a better idea.

He made his trailer before he made the movie and therein lies the tale.

“I wrote a screenplay about Rockaway and a bunch of surfers that I thought would be great, but I couldn’t find the money to make the actual movie,” he says. “So I went out and made a 2 ½ minute trailer for a movie that was never made in hopes of attracting investors.”

Connelly’s trailer is so good that it took the prize for “Best Trailer” at the prestigious New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, beating out 80 competitors from all over the world.

The final shootout takes place at the Iroquois Yacht Club in Broad Channel. The final shootout takes place at the Iroquois Yacht Club in Broad Channel. Connelly told The Wave that the movie distills the essence of Rockaway.

It is called “Cartier Heist,” and that pretty much gives away the plot.

It is about four Rockaway lifeguards who spend all their off-time surfing in local waters.

The four, all actually Rockaway lifeguards, are Connelly, Thaddeus Schnei der, Mike O’Hara and Danny Jones. In his real life, O’Hara is also a New York City fireman.

Sitting around one day, the four decide that it would be great to buy a large sailboat that they could use to travel to the great surfing spots of the world – Australia, the Pacific Coast, and beyond.

How are they going to get the money? They’re going to knock off Cartier’s Jewelry store in Manhattan.

Well, needless to say they pull it off with the help of the Russian mob from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, their ‘in’ to the mob being one of the men’s Russian stripper girlfriend.

Well, they pull off the heist and get the diamonds, but both the Russian mob and the Italian Mafia in Queens decide that they want their piece of the action and a small war, with the surfers in the middle, ensues.

Connelly says that locals will recognize many of the trailer’s locales, including the beachfront and a number of restaurants and other amenities, including the Iroquois Yacht Club in Broad Channel (the scene of the seminal shootout) and Rogers Hotel on Beach 116 Street.

Connelly, 35, who has lived in Rockaway for the past 20 years, says that his production company, Corsair Productions, needs about $500,000 to actually make the movie.

Anybody interested in taking a cut of the movie, or just viewing the trailer, can see it on You Tube at cartier heist trailer. Connelly says that it is getting lots of hits and buzz, especially since they won at the festival.

“We want to make a movie that Rockaway can be proud of,” Connelly said. “The only other movie strictly about Rockaway is all about drug dealers and shows Rockaway as a blighted community. We don’t want to do that.”

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