Filming wrapped up for “Making Bones”, a new movie featuring homegrown talent, last August. Now the final product is being edited for submission to film festivals and home audiences will be able to watch it on the streaming platform LateFlix this summer. But before that, money is being raised for the premiere.
The red carpet affair, which is still in the planning stages, will be immediately followed by an afterparty with live music by local talent at Monroe Social, 494 Main St.
“We’re looking forward to this being one of the greatest night’s for Monroe,” said Joey Ambrosini, a Monroe native, who wrote the screenplay, directed and stars in the suspenseful film about a mob soldier’s emotional turmoil after being assigned to kill his younger cousin to “make his bones” in the Mafia.
The film also stars Tony Spera, son-in-law of famed Monroe ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren and a paranormal researcher himself, as mob boss Carmine De Luca, and Lexia Hayden, 16, a Masuk High School junior, plays the role of a bar patron.
Most of the scenes are shot in town, with much of the filming at Monroe Social.
“Constantin has been incredible helping us out with this production,” he said of Constantin Crama, owner of Monroe Social. “Honestly, we would have been totally lost without him. The bar scenes were big, so having help from Constantin and his staff for those scenes was huge.”
Ambrosini, a Masuk alum, expressed excitement about filming “Making Bones” in Monroe, while bringing his passion for movie-making to his hometown. “Hopefully someone will be inspired to bring more great films to the town of Monroe,” he said.
To learn more about the movie and it’s cast, click on this link for a Sun article on the filming.
Walk the Red Carpet
In the meantime, help is needed to raise funding for the premiere. The Making Bones Premiere Event has a fundraising page on Indiegogo with a goal of raising $2,500 — a portion of which will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As of Tuesday night, $320 had been raised.
Money used for the premiere would cover the costs of a red carpet with a step and repeat, decorations, entertainment and more. The event is still in its planning stages. Check the fundraising website for updates.
Those who donate can choose perks for different amounts, according to The Making Bones Premiere Event webpage.
A $10 donation gives you a choice of posing for a photo with the Annabelle horror movie doll or getting a “Thank You Shoutout” with your name appearing on the big screen before the movie plays.
For a $15 donation, you can receive a “Making Bones” movie poster, which you can use to get autographs from members of the cast and crew.
Watch the film a night early by making a $20 donation and getting a secret link.
Enter the premiere like a star by getting your photo taken while walking the red carpet for a $50 contribution.
A $100 donation gets you the VIP treatment. Have your photo taken on the red carpet before taking your seat with the cast and crew.
Ambrosini has reviewed the raw footage of “Making Bones” and likes what he sees.
“We’re actually still in the editing phase,” he said Tuesday. “We’re in the final stages of post production. It’s going incredibly well. It’s so unreal to be behind the camera directing it and acting in it, then seeing it on the screen, ‘wow, this is what we did!’ It’s definitely better than I first envisioned. I think everyone’s going to be really proud of it.”
“We have a great post production team with us,” Ambrosini added, giving a special mention to editor Sergio Desenclos.
He also expressed his gratitude to all of the members of his cast and crew.
“I could not have done it without them,” Ambrosini said. “It’s definitely not an easy game, but we had people who were there for us who worked as a team — and that’s what it’s all about.”
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