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 Grad Brian Bouyea Wins Best Film at Providence 48 Film Project

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[Brian is in the center of the picture]

New England Institute of Technology graduate Brian Bouyea – screenwriter, and founder and executive director of Root Beer Studios, cleaned up at this year’s 2017 Providence RI 48 Film Project for his film Homestead.

Brian’s winning entry will be going on to screen at Filmapalooza 2018 in Paris, France.

The western genre film he directed took numerous top awards – most notably “Best Film.” His production was also awarded in the categories of best sound design, best editing, best cinematography, best and best acting.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team makes a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in. The films are then screened in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends, and families.

Brian is no novice filmmaker. He was director and screenwriter of the suspense thriller Famous, which explores the desire within humanity to become more than who we really are. He was also director and screenwriter of The Network, a terrifying film that follows a sadistic serial killer who stalks and murders young high school students through a social networking site known as MyFriends; and wrote and directed the 2015 film The Case of the Open Door.

Brian’s Root Beer Studios is an independent motion picture company based in Rhode Island. With the mission of “Making Modern Movies Classic,” Root Beer Studios has produced feature-length films, film festival shorts, and countless client videos.

Brian says that he’s had a passion for acting, art, and filmmaking all of his life. A 2012 graduate of New England Tech, he holds an Associate degree in Audio and Video Production. He’s in love with the spirit of independent filmmaking and the opportunity it’s given him to tell his stories to the world.

 

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