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Bellusci’s “Posse” is a beautiful blend of dark and light

When Jenna and company decide to visit a new neighborhood, their reception is less than enthusiastic. Why is everyone staring at them? Must be jealousy. “Posse” is a narrative dark comedy with elements of drama and light humor.

As a filmmaker, director and published playwright, Mark Bellusci has had films and plays performed in various festivals and theaters worldwide. His film, “Aimless,” was selected for Wendy’s Shorts (Best Dramedy Short, February 2016), Miami Independent Film Festival, Move Me Productions and elsewhere. His plays, “Au Revoire,” “Noir” and “The Intervention” are published by Brooklyn Publishers and have both appeared in various festivals worldwide. His full-length play, “Born Again Again,” ran off-off Broadway and was favorably reviewed by Show Business Weekly, New York’s CD-101 radio station and The Emergency Gazette. Among productions of his plays, “Entrance Exam,” was a winner of the Gettysburg College 10-minute Play Festival, and “Old Before His Time”, appeared in the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Mark was also published in Smith & Kraus Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 1998 and 1999.

Q/A with Mark Bellusci

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

A few things came together at the right time and place. First, I love thrillers and crime stories, but wanted to try one with my own warped spin on it. Second, I had a small window to work with wonderful actors before two of them (Grace and Chris) left for college. And third, my co-producer suggested a cool location, and we wanted to jump on it while the weather was right (and before we were caught).

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

Hard to say, but I think it’s when the actors bring dialog and action to life. I’m a writer first, so whether it’s plays or films, there’s nothing like hearing actors get into a flow with the script. They either validate what you thought could be good, or they repudiate it and you have to go back to writing and revising. Either way is okay, since each brings clarity and focus to what you’re attempting to write.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

I love smart, concise, rhythmic dialog, and few have done it better than Elmore Leonard (novelist and writer of Get Shorty, among others) and David Mamet (Director and Playwright; among his works are Glengarry Glen Ross). In addition to their amazing dialog, both writers are masters at skating the fine line between drama and comedy.

4. What is your favorite film?

Whoa. No way I can name just one. Here are a few: “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Matrix,” “Lock, Stock and Two Barrels,” “Shawshank Redemption” … I could go on, but no sense in rambling.
“Posse” is the fifth short film in the Short Film Session #2 beginning on Friday, August 25th at 2pm.
2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION

Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.

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