2014-01-10 / Community

Rockaway Short Film Debuts


“Cutout,” a short film set in Rockaway, will be shown at Anthology Film Archives Theater on Wednesday, January 15th. “Cutout,” a short film set in Rockaway, will be shown at Anthology Film Archives Theater on Wednesday, January 15th. A new film set in Rockaway is ready for its close-up.

The short film, called “Cutout,” written and directed by Shyam Kannan, was filmed in Rockaway. Kannan is a public school teacher who initially became interested in the area because of several of his students who live there and commuted to the school in Manhattan.

The film, which has been selected for the NewFilmmakers series, will have a special screening at Anthology Film Archives theatre on Wednesday, January 15th, at 7p.m. as part of a short film program.

Captivated by Rockaway's combination of grit and beauty that is unlike what people commonly associate with New York City, Kannan set out to tell a story set in this unique setting.

In the film’s fictional story, a young man struggles with the loss of his friend and the duties that come with being a member of a gang.

It stars Alessio Araujo, Dahiana Torres, Dru Bass, Pedro Castillo, and Peter Fox.

“Cutout,” shot in the summer of 2011, predates Hurricane Sandy. “It beautifully captures some of the Rockaway essence,” one viewer said.

The film has also been selected for the Queens World Film Festival, which will be kicking off in March.

The Anthology Film Archives theatre is located at 32 Second Avenue in Manhattan. For screening information call 212-505-5181

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