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Ilion filmmaker premieres film in Utica on Saturday

By WKTV News

An Ilion native and filmmaker will debut his film "Falling Frames" at the Uptown Theatre on Genesee Street in Utica on Saturday, May 26 at 8 pm.

In this 80-minute fictional film, the Director of the film finds himself in a precarious situation when a hapless character from his own movie decides to kidnap him in this surreal comedy. The Kidnapper demands that the Director write him a happy ending as he struggles to understand how he was able to break down the fourth wall and abduct the Director from the real world. Through their conversations the Director is forced to think more deeply about the character he has created and what happens when his creative vision gets away from him.

This film is directed by Michael Patrei, written by Michael Patrei and Christopher Northington, with music by The Gifted Children (a Rochester based Indy rock band www.thegiftedchildren.com,) and Robert Beerman; the film stars Jennifer Candeloro, Katie Giacovelli, Ronnie Gouger, Catherine Hood, Gary Hood, Anna Meyerhoff, Christopher Northington, Michael Patrei, and Lauren Telarole; with support from the Tramontane Café at 1105 Lincoln Ave in Utica.

The premiere will take place on Saturday, May 26 at 8:00pm at the Uptown Theater, 2014 Genesee Street, Utica.

Director Michael Patrei is from Ilion, NY and has since pursued his passion in filmmaking in many areas of the United States. He returned to his roots in 2008 to create the Ilion Film Company here in the Mohawk Valley.

His feature length documentary film, “Ballou” was shown on the BET Networks and was screened at the White House, and is currently available on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.com. Michael is also the Director of the UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival, which takes place in Utica in October of each year.

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