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Joe Basile -- Writer & Director of new movie West End

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It a wrap! Joe Basile, writer, producer, and director of the Jersey Shore crime drama, West End, has completed the filming of his movie which was filmed entirely on location at – where else? – the Jersey Shore. The movie features Neal Bledsoe, Eric Roberts, Peter Onorati, and Lou Martini, Jr. among others. Joe managed to cast himself in a choice small role as well, very Alfred Hitchcock. What’s West End about? This crime drama offers murder, family drama, a strained relationship with your mother, your former girlfriend, family obligations, the fine line between right and wrong, and assorted unsavory characters. You may have seen the actors filming at locations such as, Club Merge in Seaside, Bradley Beach, Freehold, etc. Even I had the chance to participate in Joe’s project; I had my first opportunity to work on a movie set as the still photographer. One of my best experiences!

So what was it like to shoot your first movie? How did Joe’s original script translate to the silver screen? Joe will share his experience, and naturally I’ll share my marginal contribution. The expression “it takes a village” really comes to mind now when I think of what is involved in making a movie. In addition to the actors, there are many dozens of people involved behind the scenes. No wonder Academy Award winners have to thank so many people. You might want to listen to my first interview with Joe Basile for some background, and check out the West End teaser which won its category at the 2011 Garden State Film Festival. After the show, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more information.

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