Have you ever been in love with someone, a friend or coworker, but were afraid to take a chance for fear that the relationship might fail? That is the basis for Rolling, a short film starring CHS 2011 grad Paige Sciarrino, who also wrote the script for the romantic comedy. “I wanted to write a film that captured what it’s like to feel like you’ve found adult love at a college age. How that can be scary. And how no matter how old you are when it happens, and no matter the circumstance, when you fall in love, they are a part of you forever,” explained Sciarrino. “This film explores the ‘What if?’ when two people who fell in love in college let life get in the way and decide to let it keep rolling along.” Sciarrino has appeared in 12 films to date, and Rolling will be the first that she receives screenwriting credits for. “I have been working as an actress for a production company, Impression Garden, and sent them my script,” she recalled. “I am very grateful to have them support me, since it is so hard and expensive to finance it on your own.” Sciarrino, who graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in acting, magna cum laude, in 2015, will star alongside Clifton resident, Tony Knotts, who is also a graduate of MSU.
“We filmed in Montclair, on various sites on MSU. Since that it where the film’s inspiration originally came from, it felt right. We also shot a few scenes at my house in Delawanna,” she explained, adding that the main location was at Richfield Farms on Van Houten Ave.” The owners, Jack and Debbie Morton “totally gave me the go ahead to use the space as we needed. We went in and started setting up about an hour before they closed for the day, so there was a little bit of cross over with customers being there,” Sciarrino explained. “We filmed for about four hours on two nights.” Sciarrino and her team transformed the greenhouse into a cafe for one of the film’s key scenes. Thanks to the Mortons, the entire production cost about $300. Rolling is now in post production, and Sciarrino said Impression Garden is hopping it to various film festivals. While she waits for the debut, Sciarrino has been auditioning for roles. “I was just cast in an episode of a new crime series, Holiday Homicide,” explained Sciarrino. Each episode will be a different story, and Sciarrino will be playing a murderer. “It’s a little different vibe than Rolling,” she laughed. Go to PaigeSciarrino.com to get the latest info.
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