After Shady Lane’s original mailman is mauled to death during a freak accident on his route, Calvin Cruise fills his shoes with the help of his high-ranking, postal-service uncle. Calvin is an angry, down on his luck thirty year old with an "uneven" mentality, who starts to have hallucinations… or does he?
Once he starts his postal route, Calvin comes upon a secluded house on a hill, where there is at least a weeks worth of mail pilling up outside. His criminal mentality kicks in; he thinks he's hit the jackpot. When he walks down the secluded house’s driveway, Calvin unexpectedly vomits on himself, experiencing an unusual seizure.
He goes home where Alyssa, his mature and beautiful girlfriend is cooking a surprise dinner to celebrate his new job. It is evident that their relationship is rocky -- she has her act together much more than he. As his uncertain hallucinations become worse, he rushes out on his girlfriend and the surprise dinner.
Calvin meets up with Richie, his pretty-boy, dumb cousin and Jamal, who is also a hapless ne'er-do-well. They investigate the house on the hill to determine when and begin to plan a burglary. The next day on his route, Calvin notices the secluded house’s front door slightly opened. He enters and sees a beautiful, bright interior, but the audiences' experience is much different.
Waking up outside the house, covered in blood, with only pieces of his memory, all areas of his life plummet from there – Calvin gets into a huge fight with Jamal and Richie when he wants to abort the robbery – Alyssa leaves him, thinking he's lost his mind – The loan shark he owes money to finds him – And Calvin’s body starts to deteriorate. When Jamal and Richie decides to go ahead with the robbery despite Calvin, it draws him back to the house where the mystery unravels.
Sal Sorrentino, Director
Salvatore Sorrentino was born and raised inBrooklyn,New Yorkand attended NYU,PaceUniversityand The College of Staten Island. Growing up inBrooklyngave him a love for the city and all of the natural characters and situations in it. This love for different characters made him want to tell different stories through visual means. Starting out as an actor gave him a love of the filmmaking process and a want to work behind the camera and direct films.
Sal directed the short film, BABY BLUES, which became an official selection of The 2010 NYC New Filmmakers Festival and The 2010 New York Independent International Film Festival. The film earned Sal a nomination for Best Director (Short Film Category) at NYIFF.
Sal has also wrapped principle photography on his first feature, THE WARRIOR AND THE SAVIOR, a drama about children fromSouth Africathat experience hardships in their transition to American life. The film is currently in post production and expected to be completed later this year.
Working creatively with Mark Spataro, they formed Die Like A Dog Films, a company that will allow both Sal and Mark to bring their ideas and concepts to life. Die Like a Dog Films goal is to bring the originality and edge that has inspired them, back to cinema. Sal and Mark are currently developing a number of projects including BENT, a crime drama. Sal will helm all of the team's current and future projects. Sal currently works and resides inNew York City. House On Shady Lane will be Sal's second feature film.
Mark Spataro, Writer
Mark Spataro grew up inStaten Island,New Yorkand attended The College Of Staten Island where he received a bachelor’s degree in cinema studies. As a kid he loved to create comic books and short stories but with his love and great knowledge of cinema and all its genres, he began writing screenplays. Mark penned the short film BABY BLUES, which became an official selection of 2010 NYC New Filmmakers Festival and The 2010 New York Independent International Film Festival. In 2011, THE WARRIOR AND THE SAVIOR was Mark’s feature screenwriting debut. House On Shady Lane will be his second feature film.
Jacki Zolezzi, Producer
Born and raised on Long Island, Jacki Zolezzi showed a strong interest in the entertainment industry from a very young age.In high school, an elective production class inspired her to take a love of film from hobby to career. She then went on toHofstraUniversity where she received a bachelor’s degree in Audio/Video/Film.
Jacki loves all aspects of film production and decided to pursue a career as a producer so she could take part in all of it. Currently, she has produced three short films. Her first, 5ive Thirty One has been accepted into five film festivals around the country. House on Shady Lane will be her first feature.
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