March 26, 2015 by Laird
The Rosendale Theater was standing room only last night for the debut of Peter Ferland’s Pirate Birthday Party. A wry, and frequently dark, coming of age comedy with some terrific writing from Ferland who also plays the beleaguered father. He drew nice performances from the actors, especially the kids.
The film unfolds as a comedy, but there are much heavier moments that have me mulling the implications long after the curtain dropped. The cast was on hand to take a bow afterward and it was touching to see how proud the actors were of their accomplishment and the ovation from the audience. An excellent film and an excellent community-building experience. I hope more filmmakers are able to do this sort of project in the area.
Special congratulations to my girlfriend Jessica who portrayed the villainous Ms. Blackburn. She knocked em dead.
image via Peter Ferland