Friday, January 8, 2010

Park Slope, muse

A scene from "Alone."

Filmmakers near and far have found their muse: Park Slope.

Neighborhood native Jason Cusato drew on the area for his latest film, "The Apostles of Park Slope,"which is premiering this weekend at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

Based off real-life experience, "Apostles" tells the story of a group of friends who try to cheer up a pal after he loses his mother, among them a priest who is trying to bring back congregants to St. Thomas Aquinas. True to its name, the film is based in Park Slope, shot at the church, located on Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street, as well as Two Toms on Third Avenue, where the idea for the movie originated after a raucous night out there.

The film runs at the Brooklyn Lyceum (227 Fourth Ave.) January 9-16. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Working in short-form, using a hand-held camera, Daniel Johnson has a knack for rolling up on a place, dropping his bags and cranking out scripts after soaking in the local color. The Brit did just that in Park Slope recently, shooting the short film "Alone," filmed at the Gorilla Coffee shop on Fifth Avenue.

Shooting in the neighborhood was an inspiration to the filmmaker, who has since flown back to London and is working on post-production.

“There are 200 writers here,” he told the Courier. “You could feel dwarfed by it. But I actually find it inspiring. Everyone is creative and really positive. It helps.”

Apparently so.


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