Director eyes town for Sandy Hook film

A film crew from WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford was in town this morning, trying to find the movie-maker. —Press photo

A filmmaker is planning to use Ridgefield as the backdrop for a movie relating to the Newtown shooting, Connecticut news agencies and the Associated Press report.

It appears the movie will be a short film on a shoe-string budget.

Town officials report they haven’t received notice from the film crew or application for a filming permit.

Director Jonathan Bucari told News 12 Connecticut that he planned to film here because of the similar look to Newtown.

There was a film crew scoping out Main Street this morning.

WSHU reported this morning the film was to be a made-for-television movie.

Mr. Bucari is listed on the Internet Movie Database,, as having directed a television movie “The Sacrificial Lamb” in 2011, and three films that have not apparently been completed.

On Jan. 15, Mr. Bucari tweeted “Dear friends. I am really pleased to announce that I will be directing my next movie about mental illness this February.”

That tweet was followed by, “The movie will be dedicated to the victims of the shooting in Newtown. I thank you again for your support and wish you a happy new year.”

He also tweeted a link to a crowd-funding website where money is being raised for the film. The project has raised $510 out of a goal of $3,000. He wrote “Help make it happen for Illness on @indiegogo

The film is described on that site: “‘Illness’ is the story of a 13 year old boy with a mental illness, and the ever growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting in Newtown.”

According to that site, the film will be a short film, rather than feature length movie.

“Our primary objective is to submit the film to the International Cannes Film Festival of 2013 for the Official Short Film Competition,” the filmmakers write.

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