Award-Winning Blue Point Film Acquired by Major Distributor, Now Ready for Wide Release
Locally filmed “One Moment” – the directorial debut of Blue Point University professor Deirdre O’Connor starring the late Danny Aiello – is having its biggest moment yet.
Film distributor Indican Pictures has acquired the film and will handle the film’s release, O’Connor confirmed. Deadline reported that Indican plans to release “One Moment” in theaters in May and on VOD in July.
As distributor, Indican now controls the majority of the film’s marketing, as well as distribution in targeted areas. Until now, that burden fell entirely on O’Connor, who relied primarily on word of mouth and social media to get the word out about his debut film.
“With widespread release, it’s exciting to think that people beyond my inner circle will see the film,” said O’Connor, who also wrote the screenplay for “One Moment.”
“It sounds cliché, but it really is a dream come true. I hope people like it — and I hope it showcases the beauty and charm of Long Island, especially Blue Point,” he said. -she adds.
Completed in early 2020, O’Connor’s “One Moment” was well received at several film festivals, including last summer’s Long Island International Film Expo in Bellmore.
“One Moment” won Best Comedy at the 15th Beaufort International Film Festival in South Carolina last March. Aiello, 86, who died in December 2019 two months after filming wrapped, was posthumously awarded Best Actor at the same festival.
Aiello, a veteran actor in many great films including “Moonstruck,” was nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for his role as the proud Italian-American and pizza parlor owner in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” In “One Moment,” his latest film, Aiello plays Joe McGuiness, a recently widowed father of four adults in his 40s.
The elderly patriarch struggles with forgetfulness and the loss of his independence, while his children balance caring for him and caring for their own children. O’Connor put together the Nut Soup movie, including the script, cast, and 20 days of taping in July and August 2019.
O’Connor’s Cape Cod-style house in Blue Point served as the main film set, while most of the other scenes were shot at locations in Sayville, Blue Point, and Patchogue. Filmed entirely on Long Island, there are scenes inside Cornucopia Natural Foods, Dorothy’s Fine Jewelry and Bistro 25 in Sayville, as well as Corey Beach in Blue Point.
Much of the family film was recorded in the old Blue Goose restaurant in Patchogue.
Indican Pictures acquires and distributes feature films to a wide range of entertainment outlets. Their films have featured established stars of the big screen such as Kiera Knightley, Ernest Borgnine, Bernadette Peters, Michael Madsen, Malcolm McDowell, Pete Postlethwaite and Chloë Sevigny.
O’Connor said she was thrilled the deal made the front page of Deadline. “It’s a big deal for a low-budget movie and a first-time director,” she said.