GROWING It’s that time of the month again. Tomorrow (Friday,
Jan. 18), from 5 to 9 PM, is Art Night in Schenectady.
This popular event continues to expand, with “23 art openings,
5 bands, great food and shopping.” Events will be held in
Union College’s Nott Memorial, Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche
Planetarium, various venues in Proctors, Jay Street Studios,
Moon and River Café, 184 Jay Street, Cottage Sweet Cottage
& Country Scent Designs, The Katbird Shop, Two Spruce
Pottery Studio & Glassy Beads, Earthly Delights, Innovations,
Open Door Bookstore, Chez Daisie Creperie, Center City, Schenectady
City Hall, Aperitivo Bistro, Wine Down Lounge, SACC TV-16
studios and Tattoo Blues With a Touch of Gray/Golden Productions
Recording & Arts Studio. That’s it, we think. Oh, and
you can check out the premiere of the new John Sayles film
at Proctors, too—see the Night & Day page for details.
For more info, visit www.art nightschenectadycom.
kids are “lost”—and serious: a scene from eScape.
GRAND PREMIERE We’re not getting out of the Electric City
at all in this week’s column. On Sunday (Jan. 20) at 6:30
PM in Proctors GE Theatre will be the premiere of the
work-in-progress movie eScape, “a six-episode
mini-mini-series” featuring a cast of local kids and professional
actors. It was shot over consecutive summers; as filmmaker
Mike Feurstein explained in an e-mail, “we shot all
over the Capital Region and beyond, at places like Lock 7
park, Lake George, various forests and beautiful Capital Region
Reached by phone, Feurstein explained that the project began
as “an homage to Lost,” the cryptic hit TV show. Judging
from the film’s trailer, the movie has an engaging science
fiction feel, with the intrepid kids set against adults with
decidedly evil intent. (The adults you may recognize—they
include Yvonne Perry, Kevin Craig West, David
Bunce, Tim Dugan and Dan Kelly.) Based on
a 70-page script, eScape was 90 minutes long in the
original cut. Feurstein said that 90 minutes usually takes
a couple of months to shoot; this was filmed in 16 days.
When asked about the quality of the kids’ performances, he
said that extensive workshopping helped the kids become unselfconscious.
It was a family project, too, as Feurstein noted in a subsequent
e-mail: “Most of the families were on set at some point during
the shoot. They provided assistance with traffic, kid wrangling,
food prep and distribution, some on-set script supervision,
prop management, rehearsal coordination between scenes and
general overall support.”
After Sunday’s premiere, Feurstein will continue to fund-raise
in anticipation of completing eScape by 2010. While
there is no Web site for the project yet, Feurstein says that
will happen as soon as it’s possible.
The kids in the cast will arrive at Proctors by limo sometime
between 6 and 6:30 PM Sunday. Admission to the screening is