|NOTHING FROM SOMETHING|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Chris Perillo, Dan Franko, Melissa LaMartina, Erin C. Davis, Chad Eric Smith, Rick Kain, Heather Kerschenbauer|
|Crew: ||Producers: Chris Perillo, Art Bookout, Art Shearon, Mary Agnes Shearon, Anthony Greene - Screenwriters: Chris Perillo -
In the midst of a messy divorce and a nervous breakdown after catching his best friend sleeping with his wife, Luke is out of options. He is forced to move in with his father, who he hasn't spoken with in four years. Everyone around Luke seems to have things in place; careers, families, money, etc., but things aren't what they appear to be for everyone. While attempting to piece his life back together and figure out how to move forward, an old friend, Pam, reenters Luke's life, and they both begin rediscovering who they once were while figuring out how they got to be who they are now.
Chris Perillo has been acting in TV and film for almost 2 decades. In college, he worked with acclaimed theater director and Helen Hayes Award-winner, Kasi Campbell, on numerous plays, classes, and workshops. Chris has appeared in episodes of HBO's "Veep", and recently appeared in the feature film "The Meek" directed by Harold Jackson III. After writing and directing numerous short films, Chris decided to take the leap to directing features after writing and workshopping "Nothing From Something" with local talent. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and fills his time away from filmmaking with his wife, Rebekah and their two kids, Luke and Leia. And yes, those names are on purpose.
Directing happened by accident for me. I always knew that I wanted to tell stories, but I figured I’d just be telling other peoples’ stories that I (hopefully) connected with emotionally. That was until I started writing. I wrote screenplays, had people read them and then had people say, “Cool. When are you making this?” Eventually, I figured no one was going to do this for me, so here I am.
“Nothing From Something” was the result of seeking acceptance. No. it was me seeking acknowledgement. Acknowledgement from my father, from my mother, from whoever would give it to me, honestly. I wanted to tell a story about a person who never had his talents, or even his interests, nurtured and the result of that neglect. It’s a story of a boy who is lost, but he’s not really a boy anymore. He’s a man that never found his “thing” so he’s floating around trying different things and looking around for approval to see if that’s a thing that he should be doing. But everyone at this stage in his life is too preoccupied doing their “thing” or really, just doing the same thing he is doing, in some cases.
Hopefully this movie will connect with all of the folks who are out there trying to figure stuff out. We’re all here just trying to find our “thing” and we’re hoping someone else gives a crap about what we’re doing. Along the way, Luke realizes that “giving a crap” is exactly what he should be doing, too. It’s just as important to care as it is to be cared about.