Niagara Gazette — Michael O'Hear stars as the dying man in the "Brief Permanency of Living." Michael Gagliardi plays his son in a memory sequence. The guest stars are Jessica Zwolak, Tara Rosado, Ashley Rauth, Juston Roy Graber, Arlynn Knauff, Monica Kanouff and Chelsea Baran.
Berent's "Billy Hearts Cassidy" was featured in the 2013 Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival. His upcoming story "The Girl From the Locks," a comedy about a three friends from Lockport is being published as a comic book and it is in preproduction as a feature film.
Berent's plan is to enter "Brief Permanency" in the Buffalo Festival, more film festivals and market it on DVD.
"It's a book of poems based on particular emotion," James explained. "As the short films play out, the gentleman realizes his self worth, how much he did experience. How much of a full life he did he have?...What emotions did the scrapbook unveil — loss, anger, hope, love?
The film is targeted for a large audience, James said. "We think it will teach a strong impactful lesson ... We all get to a point where we question are we doing the right thing, did we experience enough? It teaches you that life itself is an experience heartbreak and loss."