April 1, 2016
MASSACHUSETTS FILMMAKER ANNOUNCES NEW FEATURE FILM: The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fitchburg, MA – Massachusetts-based independent filmmaker Jennifer Potts announces her new feature film project: The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop. With the film currently in development, Potts is committed to filming entirely in New England, enlisting at least 80 percent of her cast and crew from the New England region, and building a crew with at least 50 percent women.
“As a filmmaker, I have an opportunity to plant seeds of change within the industry. I can provide film jobs within the New England region where film jobs are scarce. I can make sure that I hire women and offer female actors high-quality roles. I cannot change the entire industry, but I can certainly change my corner of the world.”
Jennifer Potts wrote The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop in 2014 as part of her MFA program at New Hampshire Institute of Art. Set in 1974 rural New England, this engaging story moves through the days of Cecily, a 7-year old girl who, following the death of her baby sister, lives in a world with no music, no color, no laughter, no love—that is, until a magical imaginary friend shows up and joins Cecily on the quest to save her family from the grief that is destroying them.
Filming is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2017. Between now and then, Potts and her producing team are committed to build awareness, raise $500,000, hire a cast and crew, and secure a filming location. Joining Potts during the early stages of this journey are Lead Producer, Jessica Killam, originally from Plaistow, NH; Marketing & Distribution Producer, Spencer Cohen, from Natick, MA; Assistant Producer, Victoria Hersey, from Milford, NH; and Luisa Piña from Swansea, MA, who is assisting the producing team now, but will ultimately be editing the film. Berklee graduate Sergio Torres-Letelier is scoring the film, and visual artist Mike delGiudice from Lunenburg, MA, is creating artwork for the film and its promotion. Location Scout and Boston native, Michael Ricci, will begin a search this summer for the perfect vintage New England farmhouse that is to be the filming location for The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop.
Potts is calling on all New England residents to get involved during these early stages.
“Anyone can get involved with an independent film during the early stages of development. At this point, they can show support by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and telling their friends about us. They can help us spread the word.”
Find The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop at www.cecilyblinkstop.com, Facebook page: Cecilyblinkstop, and Twitter handle @cecilyblinkstop.
About Jennifer Potts: Potts is a Massachusetts-based screenwriter and film director. She is living proof that life does not need to slow down when you get to the middle. After graduating from Drew University in 1992 with a BA in Theatre Arts, she co-founded and ran Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, MA, where she oversaw a small non-equity theatre company and directed multiple productions every year. In 2012, at age 41, Potts returned to school to study film/video production at Fitchburg State University, where she wrote and directed two short films and was awarded 2014 Film Student of the Year. In June 2014, Potts began working toward her MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen at New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she wrote two feature screenplays every year. In 2015, Potts’ short film Home was selected to screen at four film festivals. Potts resides in Fitchburg, MA, with her husband of 26 years and five children—four of whom are now in college. www.jenniferpotts.com