COVID-19 Roundup: World Premiere, Student Art; Girls Track, And More


Jarret Liotta’s Home Movie” — that’s the name of his new film — has its world premiere this Saturday (May 2, 9 p.m.).

It would probably open in a theater. But theaters are closed. So it’s there on the next best platform: YouTube.

Jarret says, “A dark comedy for a dark and comical time, ‘Home Movie’ is my gift to the viral community — everyone sitting home dying for a mediocre (but free) movie.

“Filmed entirely in Westport on the lowest budget I could afford, it’s the story of a young woman returning home for her father’s funeral who becomes convinced her mother killed him.”

The 1983 Staples High School grad — now a filmmaker/writer/photographer — got great help from Cathy Walsh, Dwain Schenck and Matt Porio. There were many others too, but he says, “wait for the credits to see them.”

You’ll recognize places like Gold’s Deli, police headquarters, the Senior Center, Westport Woman’s Club and (of course) Harding Funeral Home.

Click here for the YouTube link. Then pass the (non-virtual) popcorn.

Jarret Liotta


High school students throughout the area are invited to submit art — a drawing, painting, photo or sculpture, particularly in response to COVID-19, for a special MoCA online exhibition. It replaces the annual in-person art show.

The deadline is May 10. For details, click here. Questions? Email liz@mocawestport.org.


The Staples High School girls track season is on hold. But the athletes are not sitting around feeling sorry for themselves.

This Saturday (May 2), they’ll go for a run — of course, while maintaining social distancing. Family and friends are sponsoring them, choosing a set amount per mile.

All funds will be donated to Stamford Hospital, where the ICU is at near full capacity.

You can help too. Click here, to support this important run.

 


And finally … Katie Augustyn sends along this video from Houston County, Georgia. Music teachers from many schools created a virtual chorus, showing students they’re not alone. Of course, this inspiring song from “Dear Evan Hansen” was co-written by Justin Paul — who had his own wonderful musical career in the Westport schools just a few years ago.

 

3 responses to “COVID-19 Roundup: World Premiere, Student Art; Girls Track, And More

  1. Thank you…will Definitely watch!!

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  2. Isabelle Breen

    So much uplifting music being produced from local communities. Somehow this one was especially moving. Thanks Katie for sharing and Doug for posting it.

  3. Adam Emanuel

    Glad to see Matt Porio producing films again. His last / best film prior to this one was “The Life and Times of Anne Chovy”.