Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
March 7, 2002
By Bob Green

 
 

FSC FILM FESTIVAL HAS 'GOT JOHNNY'

A 20-minute film made by current and former Leominster residents is one of the entries in the inaugural Free Fitchburg Film Festival at the Fitchburg State campus.

The film, "We've Got Johnny," was shot over the course of four days in September. It follows a New York-based television reporter who comes back to her home town to cover the sale of the last orchard in town.

Leominster High School graduate Andy Grant, who directed the film, said the concept began when friend and former Leominster resident Matt Proietti saw coverage of the city's purchase of Sholan Farm on CNN.

Proietti, now a real estate agent living in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., wrote the script last summer. With a handful of friends serving as cast and crew, Grant, a resident of Ayer, shot the picture at various locations around town. Some filming was done at last year's Johnny Appleseed Festival.

"Our first goal was to entertain ourselves, but more and more people have seen it and said they liked it," said Grant. He said Saturday's viewing will be "the first time I've seen it with strangers."

Grant recently submitted the film to a festival in Toronto.

The film festival opens Thursday, with a 6 p.m. lecture by director John Landis.

"We've Got Johnny" will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kent Recital Hall. A full listing of festival events can be found at www.f4festival.com.

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