|HANDLE WITH CARE|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||James Best, Willy Appelman, Elaina Whal|
|Crew: ||Producers: Phillip Russell, Tom A. Capps, Kevin Etherson, Michael Mercadante, Charlie DesJardin - Screenwriters: Tom A. Capps, Kevin Etherson
James is house sitting for an eccentric Entomologist (bug scientist) when one of the potentially dangerous creepy-crawlies escapes from its container. Now he needs to figure out a way to hunt down the creature, but isn't sure if he's the predator or the prey.
Michael Mercadante is a Writer, Director and Editor best known for his work on the award winning short film Blind Date. He has also worked in collaboration with College Humor, Above Average, Funny or Die and the truTV series Impractical Jokers. In 2003, Mercadante received a Sony Handycam for Christmas at the age of twelve. He began writing and directing short films in his parent's house and around the town he grew up in of Greenlawn, NY... None of which were very good, but were the essential stepping stones that lead him to study Film/Video at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. There he received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and for his senior thesis; wrote, directed and edited the multi-award winning short film "Blind Date". During his time at Five Towns, he also co-founded the production company Thursday Shoots with two of his other classmates, and continues to make shorts, music videos, sketches, web series, etc. His most recent directorial efforts include "Handle with Care" the original version of which was selected to be in the Top 25 films featured for the international 77 hour 4 Points Film Festival, and "Close Shave" which recently won the Audience Choice Award in the 2017 NY 48 Hour Film Project, as well as best supporting actor for James Best (who is also the lead in Handle with Care).
Handle with Care was the second time I directed a project that had to be completed from start to finish in a 2-3 day window. Film races are intense, but very rewarding when you succeed. A lot of it is a blur, but I remember the final night we were editing down to the last 15 minutes, rushing to make the deadline! Handle with Care was a very fun project to work on from start to finish. My favorite moment during production happened while the script was being written. Myself and the cinematographer Phillip Russell went on a food run for the crew after reading the first draft, and we decided that the movie needed to have a giant caterpillar monster in it -- even with the crazy time restriction! This version of the film has some new shots added that we filmed after the 72 Hour competition, and a refined edit that we took our time with to perfect. Hope you enjoy it!