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May 31, 2013

Local filmmaker shooting 'Within' around town

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara region will once again serve as the backdrop to the work of local filmmaker Ken Cosentino of Little Sicily Productions, whose last film entitled “Crimson: The Motion Picture” was released in stores in March.

"Crimson" received a decent amount of exposure after magazines such as Fangoria and Sci-Fi published articles about that movie. Cosentino says he’s unsure if this is what eventually led to the movie being picked up by a distributor.

“I mean it’s possible,” he said. “Sci-Fi said they have sixty-five million readers.”

Pop Cinema, a distribution company picked up the movie and has since made it available online through several major retailers such as Best Buy, F.Y.E., and outside the Western New York area. Locally, "Crimson" has been made available at Alchemy on Buffalo Avenue.

With encouragement from the success of "Crimson," Cosentino is now moving on to his next film titled “Within,” the script for which was written by Jon Ferrari, who is also producing the film.

Cosentino, whose Little Sicily Productions is based in the Falls, said he learned a few things from directing "Crimson" by the time he got started on his second movie.

“I’ve learned how to direct a large group of people, sometimes there’s up to thirty people on set,” he said. “I also learned how to direct action. It’s pretty difficult to shoot action and make it believable and there’s a lot of action in this movie.”

While the genre of "Crimson" was a mobster meets comic book hero sort of theme, “Within” will be playing into the recent spike in popularity of the zombie flicks.

“I’d hate to describe it as just another zombie movie,” said Tyler Austin, the film’s star. “I was drawn to the movie because it's more about these five people whose lives have been connected somehow and they share a house during the zombie apocalypse.”

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