Chuck Smith and Andy Grant (& The Easter Bunny)
By Loren King, Globe Staff, 4/20/2003
The filmmakers' second short film, ''The First Easter Bunny,''
won the audience award at the F4 Film Festival in Fitchburg
on April 12. Inspiration for the 14-minute comedy came when
Grant (above, at right), who hails from Leominster, first
noticed signs around Fitchburg touting the city as ''Home
of the First Easter Bunny.'' Smith, who lives in Fitchburg,
says he found the claim puzzling. ''As far as we knew, the
Easter Bunny didn't have a home,'' says Smith, who met Grant
three years ago during their day jobs at Cisco Systems in
Boxboro. The film was an ideal follow-up to the pair's first
short, ''We've Got Johnny,'' a satire about Leominster native
son Johnny Appleseed. ''The First Easter Bunny,'' written
by Smith and Grant (above, left to right), stars Smith as
Jack LeBlanc, a Fitchburg-based ''jack of all trades'' who
narrates ''the inspiring true story of Fitchburg's favorite
rodent son to a group of children on Easter Sunday,'' notes
Smith. The filmmakers are now entering their short film in
This story ran on page N14 of the Boston
Globe on 4/20/2003.
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