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Orange Arts & Culture Council’s Fall Meeting

Orange Arts & Culture Council’s Fall Meeting

The Orange Arts & Culture Council’s Fall Meeting will feature an Orange Connecticut Special Screening of the award-winning debut narrative feature film Gold Star by writer/director/producer/actress Victoria Negri.  The event will be held on Monday, September 11 at 7 pm at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

Gold Star is a semi-autobiographical 87-minute film about Vicki, a twenty-something daughter who drops out of music school in New York City to return to her hometown in Connecticut and her first music teacher, her aging father who suffered a massive stroke.  Vicki struggles to make sense of her aimless life while caring for her dying 90-year-old father.  The film stars Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn (The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt, Man from U.N.C.L.E), Catherine Curtin (Insecure, Orange is the New Black, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Jacob Heimer (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Victoria Negri.  Negri’s movie would be Vaughn’s last screen appearance; he passed shortly after it was made.

Gold Star is loosely inspired by writer/director Victoria Negri’s experiences as one of her father’s caregivers in the last year of his life.  Hollywood legend Robert Vaughn plays her father in the film, in an extraordinary silent performance, with Catherine Curtin in a powerful supporting role as his younger, overwhelmed wife.

A former Orange resident, Victoria was born in New Haven.  She has produced and assistant directed numerous short films, music videos and web series featured at Cleveland Film Festival, Queens World Festival, NY WebFest, IndieWorks, Nitehawk Shorts Festival.  She has acted in award-winning features, shorts and web series featured at Cinequest Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Tribeca.

Gold Star has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, The Talkhouse, NoFilmSchool, the New York Daily News, and much more.  In addition, the film has received the following awards:  Audience Award at the Buffalo International Film Festival, Lisa Blount Memorial Award for Acting (Victoria Negri) at the Oxford Film Festival, Best Narrative Film Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Victoria will be in attendance for a Q&A discussion following the film.  Gold Star is dedicated to her Dad and the struggles she had caring for him as she was coming of age in her 20s.  The senior Negri attended Lee High School in New Haven.  He developed Parkinson’s Disease late in life then a stroke left him speechless.

The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Because space is limited, people are asked to reserve a seat for the OACC screening of Gold Star by calling. 203-878-7417.

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