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Rosary Immordino forwarded the link to this story to me this morning. The film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival today.
We both got a kick out of the description of Astoria as a "tough neihborhood".
A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS U.S.A.
color Director: Dito Montiel Screenwriter: Dito Montiel â€” A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is based on director Dito Montiel's youth during the mideighties in the tough neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. All his old friends have ended up dead, as junkies, or in prison; Dito is the proverbial man who got out. For him, the "saints" are the folks he remembers, the ones he left behind. For better or worse, they made him who he is today. Just the way memories can flood consciousness, Montiel uses the same motif to flood the screen with his stories. The past gets layered upon the present, and the film comes to life. The performances are real because the characters' words are real; they've been said before. The strength of the film isn't looking back through a nostalgic, Vaselined lens; instead, Montiel infuses the memories with both the exhilaration and pain of youth. The outstanding cast members are dedicated to finding every nuance and truth. They capture the frenetic quality of the time, not only in the streets and on the rooftops but also in the bustling family kitchen. Montiel's New York is steamy with humidity, cooking, and adolescent sexuality. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is an honest account of a bittersweet return to a neighborhood that isn't the same and never will be again. John Cooper Screenwriter : Dito Montiel Executive Producers : Sting, Bobby Sager Producers : Trudie Styler, Travis Swords, Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz Coproducers : Linda Moran, Rene Bastian Cinematographer : Eric Gautier Editors : Christopher Tellefsen, Jake Pushinsky Composer : Jonathan Elias Cast : Robert Downey, Jr., Shia La Boeuf, Rosario Dawson, Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, Channing Tatum http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473488/
Friday , Jan 20 11:30 AM Racquet Club GUIDE20RD Friday , Jan 20 6:00 PM Screening Room, Sundance Village GUIDE20SE Friday , Jan 20 8:30 PM Screening Room, Sundance Village GUIDE20SN Saturday , Jan 21 12:00 PM Eccles Theatre GUIDE21CD Sunday , Jan 22 6:30 PM Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden GUIDE22OE Wednesday , Jan 25 8:30 PM Racquet Club GUIDE25RN Friday , Jan 27 11:30 PM Library Center Theatre GUIDE27LL
Dito Montiel After being expelled from high school for fighting with the security guards, Astoria, Queens, native Dito Montiel "wrote a bunch of madness in pen" that was published by Avalon Books. He joined a hardcore band and toured in a van for eternity, filming short ideas on any camera he could borrow. During a book reading in California, Robert Downey, Jr., approached Montiel about making a movie. Montiel learned that INT means interior and EXT means exterior, and wrote a script that was eventually developed at the Sundance Screenwriters and Filmmakers Labs. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is his first film.
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Tony - Astoria was a tough neighborhood to grow up in. Not a Bed-Sty or a Harlem but not Scarsdale or Port Washington either. While I (and I'm sure that other Gators) don't regret that we grew up in Astoria/LIC, there were and are better places to pass through those tender years.
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Well put, Rich. Awhile back Viola and I were in fact talking about all the friends who didn't make it out alive (and there were quite a few) from our little corner of Long Island City. Having known many people who grew up in other parts of the country, I have to say that growing up in Astoria/LIC was, er, unique in many ways.
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I am hoping to get a chance to see this film. They were scouting locations for this during the summer. I am curious to see what parts of Astoria actually made it into the film.
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This film is now available on video.
Just watched it and it's worth the viewing even if you are not from Astoria. Great story and acting.
It's shot in the Ditmars Blvd area and much of it is set on 24th Ave between 31st and 33rd streets -- my old neighborhood.