Red Eye is back….
Locust Point director and screen writer Jerry Landi, producer Marc Makowski, Amuck Duck Films, and South Bronx EFX Works premiered “Bloodmarsh Krackoon,” on Thursday, April 25 at Bow-Tie Cinemas in Parkchester.
The film is a sequel to the locally produced Krackoon. The original film is about a crack addicted mutant raccoon, “Red Eye,” that attacks people in an east Bronx town, and accidently unravels a shady land deal organized by a corrupt mayor.
Bloodmarsh Crackoon picks up where its predecessor left off and was filmed at local locations, including a Pelham Bay doctor’s office.
“It is different in every way from the first,” said Landi. “We have Playmate Cindy Guyer, as well as professional actors from the Bronx. Technically, we were using new high-definition cameras, so the [picture] quality of movie increased. We hired a professional cinematographer to work on this movie.”
The plot of the film centers around Red Eye, with Guyer’s character, Millie Rabbit, providing many of the laughs in the horror comedy as an outspoken resident of a retirement home where much of the film’s action takes place.
In addition to Guyer, local and professional actors in Bloodmarsh Krackoon include Sal Amore, Joseph Ferri, Rosario Russo, and Martin Vanihel,
Landi takes great pains to explain that Bloodmarsh Krackoon was almost an entirely Bronx-based effort. He said that about many of the actors and about 95% of all services purchased for the film shoot came from Bronx vendors.
The film is serving as a spring-board into a new local film studio that Landi and several others are founding on Stillwell Avenue in Morris Park.
“We are going to have a film wing of the studio for people who want to come and shoot their films,” he said. “Then we are going to have an industrial division which is going to do commercial work,” for businesses and non-profits.
Education projects will also be part of the new studio, which is still in the planning phase with Landi and his partners beginning to purchase equipment and get rolling. Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj was a big help in securing the location, said Landi.
The two Krackoon films highlighted what the Bronx has to offer to potential investors in the film studio, he said.
“We showed people what we could do here, just using Bronx talent and locations,” he said. “We want to mine the talent that is already here in the Bronx.”
Patrick Rocchio can be reach via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (718) 742-3393