Film Starring and Co-Produced by New England Tech Grad Wins Best Film and Best Actor Awards at International Film Festival

New England Institute of Technology graduate Adam Carbone has co-produced and plays the lead role in a film titled “Randy’s Canvas.” The film made its West Coast premiere on April 29 in Beverly Hills, CA as part of the second annual AutFest International Film Festival by the Autism Society of America, and landed awards for Best Film, and Best Actor for Carbone’s breakout performance.

Jeff Frost, President of Sony TV (left) with Adam Carbone

The film revolves around a high-functioning autistic character named Randy (played by Carbone), who is trying to get his artwork displayed in an art gallery. His pursuit turns into an obsession, along with his relationship with a female who is involved in a relationship with another man.

Randy’s Canvas stood out amongst studio-level projects including Power Rangers, Please Stand By and the hit television shows, Netflix’s Atypical and ABC’s The Good Doctor.

The film was shot in various locations in Rhode Island in the summer of 2016, including scenes shot at New England Tech. Adam received an associate’s degree in video and audio production from New England Tech before he moved to L.A. to pursue his film career.

The film was co-executive produced by RI-local Dick LeBeau and was directed and co-written by Sean Michael Beyer. Co-producers included Beyer and Carbone. It was Beyer who thought of Carbone for the role of Randy. Carbone then suggested making the movie in Rhode Island.

Filling out the cast are Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, The Runaways), Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen, The Chipmunks, Butterfly Effect), Shawn Pyfrom (Desperate Housewives), Massi Furlan (The Dark Knight Rises) and character-actor Richard Riehle (The Fugitive, Casino, Glory) as well as a cast of solid local talent.

“For the first time in my life, I felt I was right where I was supposed to be . . . shook, ecstatic and honored,” said Adam. “Much love to everyone involved.”

Carbone and Beyer have worked together on other projects, including a cooking show. For this project, they wanted to be respectful of the subject matter. They spent time researching autism and meeting with young adults and teens to talk about how autism should and should not be portrayed.

AutFest’s goal is to increase awareness of autism through the medium of film in order to promote a greater knowledge of the important value of individuals with autism. The producers of Randy’s Canvas plan to do additional screenings in Rhode Island later this year and will announce its U.S. and worldwide release very soon.

Check out the film’s trailer at https://vimeo.com/263546663

New England Tech Digital Media Production Students to Showcase Their Videos at Backfocus Exhibition on May 17

New England Tech Backfocus Exhibit for Digital Media Production

Have a passion for video? Want to see where professional education can take your creative and technical skills? Curious about what New England Tech students are producing? Then check out the latest and greatest student videos at this year’s Backfocus exhibition on May 17, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room.

Backfocus is an annual showcase of outstanding video work from students in New England Institute of Technology’s Digital Media Production (DMP) program. Pieces shown in the exhibition are selected by faculty from more than 40 media-focused classes. This year’s exhibition will include music videos, short documentary subjects, video poems, promotional pieces, advertisements, radio and podcast content and animated films.

“Many things stand out about this year’s work,” says Sally Kingsbury, the creator of Backfocus. “We have some great storytelling examples, both sound and picture, as well as a high degree of technical artistry.”

At the heart of our Backfocus showcase is the developing artistry and voice of our DMP students. Viewing the show, you’ll be able to see the progression from novice to professional digital producer manifest itself in the work. “One of the things that faculty try to emphasize is not only the excellent visual imagery that students have the ability to produce, but also what story their projects are telling,” says Professor Matt Morin. “In the end, as technically savvy as our students are, we are ultimately training visual storytellers, and I think this year’s Backfocus proves that.”

Stop by, grab a slice of pizza, and enjoy the showcase!

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