(Sept. 27, 2013) A director will film scenes in Ocean City this weekend for a movie addressing Alzheimer’s disease, a short film called “The Wooden Bowl.”
The story is based on the age-old tale of the wooden bowl, highlighting the struggles of a family coming to terms with an aging parent.
“When you’re dealing with a person with Alzheimer’s, it’s sometimes very exhausting. It’s frustrating,” Director Connie Lamothe said. “I’d love produce a film that makes people get up from their seat in the theater and feel good about what they just saw.”
Lamonthe’s father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease when he died in 2009, after spending eight years with her. The idea for “The Wooden Bowl” came two years later, while Lamonthe was producing two other inspirational films.
Proceeds from “The Wooden Bowl” will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, she said.
Choosing Ocean City as the setting for “The Wooden Bowl” “was rather simple,” Lamonthe said. She’s been vacationing here since she was a child.
She plans to film the Ocean City scenes at the pier in downtown Ocean City, tomorrow and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, showing the family enjoying a day at the beach.
“In the first scene, what we’ll see is… the grandfather in the foreground, and the parents with the child along the water… The grandfather will get up and wander,” she said. “That’s a key, key part of the story.”
Because the movie is short, about 15-25 minutes, Lamonthe will film it in just a few spots. The main plot unfolds a few miles away in Berlin, at her sister’s house.
Actors in “The Wooden Bowl” include local first grader David Carrigan, who Lamonthe knows through his grandfather.
“For what we’re going to need, he’ll be just the right actor,” she said. “He’s very, very smart.”
Others actors in the film are Johnny Alonso (“Dawson’s Creek”, “One Tree Hill”), Nick Nerangis (“The Wire,” “The West Wing”) and Kendra North (“Leaving Hollywood,” “Rosie’s Miracle”). Lamonthe is working with award-winning director Bob Christie for the project.
“I’m very excited about my cast and the people I’m working with. All of us are award-winners,” said Lamonthe, who’s been directing films since the 1990s and has won awards for Best Director at the spring 2012 Hot Media Film Festival and Best Short in the April 2011 New York Independent Film Festival.
The crew will host a launch party and fundraiser today, Friday, at the Coconut Malorie Resort on 59th Street. Everyone is invited to meet the cast, get autographs and photos and enjoy appetizers from Macky’s for a $10 donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Lamonthe also invites anyone to come watch the filming at the pier tomorrow and Sunday.
She hopes to wrap filming in October and plans to have a showing in Ocean City once “The Wooden Bowl” is edited, though there is no timeframe for that yet. She plans to enter the film in the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, “with hopes of Sundance.”
To learn more about “The Wooden Bowl,” visit www.facebook.com/TheWoodenBowl. Find more information about Lamonthe at www.cclproductionsandtalent.com.