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The Times
  • Dolgeville filmmaker to premiere ‘The Essentials’

  • Ever since he attended Dolgeville Central School, Brendan Nagle has made movies.

    Little did he know he would be premiering his first independent feature at Valley Cinemas in Little Falls as he begins to enter the world of film making after college.

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  • Ever since he attended Dolgeville Central School, Brendan Nagle has made movies.
    Little did he know he would be premiering his first independent feature at Valley Cinemas in Little Falls as he begins to enter the world of film making after college.
    After graduating high school, Nagle completed his undergraduate degree in film production at Rochester Institute of Technology. He then received his master’s degree from Syracuse University in broadcast journalism. After he completed his schooling in spring 2011, Nagle said he fell heavy into film production and spent the rest of the year writing, producing, directing and editing his first independent film project since leaving academic world.
    This weekend will be the premiere screening for Nagle’s film, “The Essentials.”
    The film is 90-minute spy comedy about Jim, a burnt-out ex-spy down on his luck at the end of an illustrious career. After going rogue and screwing up again, his former agency must bail him out, vowing this favor will be his last. But, in a refusal to accept retirement, Jim takes on a hot young protégé to help him crack one last case — an international drug-smuggling ring in Canada.
    “The film is like ‘Men in Black,’ but instead of aliens, it’s with Canadians,” said Nagle.
    “The Essentials” was filmed across 45 different locations in Western and Central New York and has ties to the Mohawk Valley. In Dolgeville, Main Street was used and a break-in and fight sequence was shot at the EZ-Mart just outside the village on State Route 167. Scenes were also shot on Main Street in Little Falls and at City Hall. Nagle describes the sweeping twin staircase at Little Falls City Hall as “instantly recognizable” in the film. One of the films biggest segment takes place at a golf course which was complied from a few different locations, including Pine Hills in Frankfort.
    Local residents will also make cameo appearances in the film.
    Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon and Dolgeville residents John Pat Nagle and Paul Nagle make appearances and others appear as well, but wish for their identities to remain a surprise.
    The cast and crew were mostly RIT students and alumni.
    One of the film’s leading characters, Jim, is played by Jim Toepper. Toepper has been a volunteer actor in student films at RIT for more than 20 years. Nagle met Toepper in his sophomore year and cast him as a mob boss in a short comedy he filmed. After that Nagle continued to work with Toepper and decided to give him his dream role as a secret agent in “The Essentials.”
    “During this weekend’s premiere I’ll be looking for advice and comments from the audience,” said Nagle. After the premiere the floor will be open for a question and answer session with the director. This will allow Nagle to get a better idea if the film works before he takes it any further.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We are looking forward to taking as much input as possible into fine tuning the film which will hopefully premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival,” Nagle said.
    He said he plans on submitting the final product to over 10 different independent film festivals with the hopes of being chosen out of the thousands that submit.
    Ultimately, Nagle said he hopes to gain followers and supporters and someday sell his film.
    “The Essentials is a big local movie with unforgettable local cameo appearances, overall, it’s a really funny comedy,” said Nagle.
    “The Essentials” will premiere at Valley Cinemas tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Cost is $8 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. The film is rated PG-13.
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