New film to be made in Mastic Beach

“Bait & Tackle,” a new film by a native Mastic Beach resident, will be filmed in the town this fall. James Evans, 25, a graduate of William Floyd High School and Fordham University, grew up in Mastic Beach and felt that it was a great town to showcase an authentic story.

The film tells the story of Katherine, an aging widow battling stress-induced hallucinations, who has an eccentric roommate also battling a rough family past. Eventually, Katherine estranged daughter shows up at her door.

“’Bait & Tackle’ is a dark comedy inspired by the strong women who raised me and explores how complicated feeling loved can be,” Evans said. The film is a dark comedy, which allows for the serious nature of complex relationships to show, while also providing a lighthearted feeling to the audience, he said. “Humor is all around us in life.”

The film has a relatively small cast, with a total of seven main characters. Evans is casting actors in New York through S2 Casting and hopes to bring recognizable names into the project.

Evans would like to premiere the feature film for his newly incorporated production company, Donna’s House Productions. Donna is Evans’s mother, and her house is where he shot one of his first films. He said that his mother has been a constant supporter of his filmmaking.

“The vision of the production company is to have it be very local,” Evans said.

He added that he wants to bring a studio to Mastic Beach to allow for a local connection to the art of film and a way for filmmakers to use these services at a lower cost, rather than at a larger company. Evans said he wants the company to be the “mom and pop shop” of production studios.

“I am proud of the heart of this community; it is and always will be the perfect backdrop for the screenplays I write and films I make,” he said.

Dick’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Mastic Beach will serve as one location, as well as a house on Narrow Bay. The film is currently seeking funds to begin production, which Evans said is slated for late September through mid-October. His company is turning to local businesses, who can donate at predetermined rates or whatever rate they choose. In exchange, the filmmaker is willing to offer different types of advertising, all the way up to producer credits and equity in the film. The producers have raised $18,000 of their $40,000 goal as of Aug. 18. The goal is to have the entire film finished in February, in order to begin submitting the project to festivals in March.

The company will also host a screening event of Evans’ previous two films created in Mastic Beach on Aug. 31 at the Mastic Beach Property Owners building on Neighborhood Road beginning at 7:30 p.m. Donna’s House Productions also has a short film that is scheduled to begin production in spring 2019.

For more information or to get involved with the film, call 631-579-3466, email baitandtackleinfo@gmail.com, or visit baitandtacklefilm.com.

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