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Greenwich Film Fest Showcases Homegrown Talent In New 'Connecticut Shorts'

Margaret Stapor Costa is a Norwalk-based film and video producer and the director behind "My Name Is Joan."
Margaret Stapor Costa is a Norwalk-based film and video producer and the director behind "My Name Is Joan." Photo Credit: Submitted
Southport native Sarah Lew directed "A Christmas Surprise."
Southport native Sarah Lew directed "A Christmas Surprise." Photo Credit: Submitted
Eric Heimbold grew up in Riverside and is known for his numerous award-winning TV commercials, music videos, and long-form narrative and documentary films.
Eric Heimbold grew up in Riverside and is known for his numerous award-winning TV commercials, music videos, and long-form narrative and documentary films. Photo Credit: Submitted
Westchester resident Sam Ketay filmed his Greenwich aunt in "A Wonderful Place."
Westchester resident Sam Ketay filmed his Greenwich aunt in "A Wonderful Place." Photo Credit: Submitted
Norwalk Filmmaker Alex Morsanutto likes using Fairfield County as his backdrop.
Norwalk Filmmaker Alex Morsanutto likes using Fairfield County as his backdrop. Photo Credit: Submitted

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Five Connecticut filmmakers will get their chance to shine at the Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF), being held Thursday, June 1 to Sunday, June 4.

This is the first time in the festival's three-year history it has a category spotlighting "Connecticut Shorts," all of which have some connection to the state.

A brief rundown on what you can expect from some of your Fairfield County neighbors:

  • "A Christmas Surprise," directed by Southport native Sarah Lew, centers on a young girl who finds out the devastating truth about Santa on the night before Christmas. Lew, a freelance writer, director, production designer and puppeteer, traces her interest in the industry to fourth grade where she began writing word-of-the-week comedic plays. Her goal is to build narratives that are socially impactful, and centric on the storylines of the underrepresented.
  • "My Name is Joan," directed by Margaret Stapor Costa, folloqa the story of Susan Drew, born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in Dublin in 1949. The film highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way. Stapor Costa is a Norwalk-based film and video producer, who been in the business for over 30 years.
  • "Blind Sushi" directed by Eric Heimbold, follows a blind adventure writer and the first sustainable sushi chef search for enlightenment in the murky depths of the New England coast. Heimbold, an American/Swedish writer/director/cinematographer and educator, grew up in Riverside and is a graduate of Greenwich High School. He is committed to telling stories about identity, humanity, and the indestructible human spirit -- with a few laughs along the way.
  • "Hi-Glow Retro," directed by Alex Morsanutto, is a narrative short about a high school senior with severe social anxiety who decides to step out of his comfort zone to learn 70’s disco dancing. Much of the film was shot in Norwalk, where Morsanutto lives -- and finds his inspiration. Morsanutto is the executive producer of NYC-based Silvermine Productions . See earlier Daily Voice story HERE .
  • "A Wonderful Place," a documentary short directed by Sam Ketay of Nice Bike Films, is nine-minutes long and follows 80-year-old Greenwich estate owner, Norma Asnes for an insightful journey into family and nature. See earlier story HERE .

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