A zany Music Man for our times, Narrowsburg tells the engrossing story of Jocelyne Castellano, a French film producer, and Richie Castellano, a mafioso turned actor, who show up in a tiny New York river town and announce they are going to turn it into the “Sundance of the East. ” Capitalizing on Richie’s small role in the mafia comedy Analyze This, Jocelyne and Richie take Narrowsburg by storm, opening an acting school, starting a film festival, promising townspeople roles in a gangster movie — and inviting all the locals to invest their hard-earned savings. Main Street echoes with shouts of “Fuck you!” “No, fuck you!” as aspiring actors try out their Hollywood dreams. But as the Castellanos’ local celebrity takes hold, there are ominous signs of the trouble ahead. As this darkly funny, stranger-than-fiction tale unspools, it becomes a meditation on the seductive power of cinema, and the elusive boundary between dreams and delusions.
Director: Martha Shane
Producer: Beck Kitsis, Martha Shane, Alexandra Cadena, Jose Cadena, Dan Nuxoll
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