Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Five-Year-Old Future Filmmaker Gets Fancy Premiere

Joe Bevilacqua, co-founder of Waterlogg Productions, was 11-years-old when he unleashed animated characters Willoughby and the Professor in 1972. But Jonah Althouse has him beat - by a Catskills country mile.

On Friday, the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, New York will host the premiere of Althouse's short film Iron Man 6. Not to be confused with the 2012 Marvel comic of the same name.

Althouse (pictured), a student at the Ellenville Cooperative Nursery School, indicated at age four that he wanted to make movies. Proceeds from the Friday screening, ticketed at $5 for adults and $3 for children (ages five and over), will benefit the school. Among the higher-paying group who helped Althouse with the debut project is Bevilacqua, contributing sound, sound effects, music and voice-overs.

From the promo announcement:

"I used to think of myself as a bit of a child protegee, but nothing compares to Jonah! It is truly astounding to be able to develop a film idea into an exciting and entertaining story at such a young age," says Bevilacqua.
Adds Jonah's co-director, screenwriter and mom Natasha Althouse, owner of a therapeutic massage studio: "He dictated a whole script for a short film and recorded it. He cast his friends from the nursery school and a handful of film professionals donated their time and expertise to help."

Bevilacqua will also show one of his films and has donated for auction The Complete Pedro's 200 Fables Master Collection audiobook CD set. The collection of translated stories by Spanish children's author Pedro Pablo Sacristán was made by Bevilacqua and his wife, producing partner Lorie Kellogg. Also being auctioned Friday is an original print from Marvel illustrator Herb Trimpe.

And as if all this weren't cool enough, young Jonah will also get to share with cast and crew free hors d'oeuvres provided by Aroma Thyme Bistro. A place that just happens to be the first Green Certified restaurant in the Hudson Valley.

[Photo via: Facebook]

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