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NJ Filmmaker Michael L. Boylan: Writer & Director of “The Radio”

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It’s time for my annual Filmmakers Series -- my tribute to the Independent Filmmakers I met while attending the 14th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City. Typically working with minimal budgets, these writers, directors, and producers (often the same person) rely on their passion, patience, and perseverance to get their film completed. Indie films are often screened exclusively at local, national, or international film festivals. Michael L. Boylan of Pennant Films in Atlantic Highlands is the first Filmmaker in this year's series. Michael’s film, The Radio, which he wrote and directed, was entered in the category of Home Grown Short Film. Watch the trailer here. It’s the story of a timid love-struck young boy. When his uncle dies suddenly, he is left devastated and without a clue how to win the affection of a girl from his middle school; until his mother gives him a transistor radio that had belonged to his uncle. Through the special power of the radio, he is able to speak with his uncle who guides him through the mysterious new world of dating. In the process, the boy learns valuable lessons about life, love, and making each moment count. Boylan says, “I would always look around as a child and imagine what I was seeing was a movie. I would see two lovers speaking, a bird chirping, a man running and make it all into a movie in my head. He feels lighting is key to the look of a good film and favors the looks of Spielberg's films especially E.T. After the interview, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.