Thomas Chapin Film Project Adds Second Round Of Filming


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NEW YORK CITY — EMMY-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo reports that it has now been two years of steady progress since she conceived the film THOMAS CHAPIN, NIGHT BIRD SONG in 2012.

She is now preparing for the 2nd round of shoots this April. The first round was completed in July 2013 with 20 interviews in the can.

The success at the City Winery fundraising event in Manhattan on Jan. 20 gave another great boost to the project in helping support this next phase of shooting. She's very thankfull to music promoter Michael Dorf, who hosted the event, and “all the great musicians who performed. The funds raised have enabled me to schedule 4 more packed days of shooting in April to capture an additional 12 on-camera interviews. However, this is only 4 days out of the 10 days needed to complete this vital second shoot. More interviews will still be needed as well as location shots."

Castillo is continuing to search for grants and to find other means of funding the film so she can complete the needed shoots before she starts editing the film. “If I am successful in beginning the editing by this summer, we just might have a first cut to view in December," she says.

Among those scheduled for interviews in April are musicians Ray Drummond, Pablo Aslan, Marty Erhlich, Jerry Weldon, Michael Musillami, Corina Bartra, Michael Rabinowitz, and Allen Won; poets Vernon Frazer and Steve Dalachinsky; and (still to be confirmed) critic/writer Peter Watrous. Some of the first interviews shot are featured in the video trailer for the film.

Thomas Chapin was admired for his exuberance as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and composer. Once a musical director and lead also sax for the legendary Lionel Hampton, he was one of the few artists of his generation to exist in both the worlds of the New York City's downtown, experimentalist scene and the uptown scene of mainstream jazz. The saxophonist-flautist was just making his mark when his life was cut short by leukemia in 1998 at age 40.

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