Continuing the Conversation with. . . Marisa Vitali: Part II

 Marisa Vitali returns home to Northport, LI to show the premier screening of her movie, GRACE at the John W. Engeman Theater.  To raise awareness of the plight of recovering addicts Marisa shares her film and her courageous story of recovery in order to donate funds for the Northport-East Northport Drug & Alcohol Task Force. Listen to  interviews about the debut of GRACE:  Marisa Vitali (Actor, Producer, Writer GRACE),, Kevin O’Neill(Managing Director John W. Engeman Theater), Scott Norcott (Public Relations Coordinator, Npt.-E Npt Drug & Alcohol Task Force), Gabriel Manzueta (Sra NY Natl. Guard Counterdrug Civil Operations), Carissa A Cantone (SSG, NY Natl. Guard, Counterdrug Civil Operations), Irene McLaughlin(Asst. Supt. Human Resource Npt-ENpt School Dist), Darryl St. George(HS History Teacher Npt.-ENpt School Dist) and Anthony Ferrandino(Chariperson, Npt-ENpt Community Drug & Alcohol Task Force).



Take it Away! GRACE, the movie at the John W. Engeman Theater


The premier of the movie GRACE at the John W. Engemann Theater was held on June 7, 2016 to raise funds for the Northport-East Northport Drug & Alcohol Task Force.  Here are some of the reactions audience members”Took Away” with them after seeing the movie.

 Max Fulton-Peluffo, Video Editor

chandra Thomas: Complete Sentences

First Online With Fran is committed to featuring those ordinary people doing extraordinary things in The Arts.  It never ceases to amaze me how the passion for our work continues to impact our world in so many positive and transformative ways.  The interview with Chandra Thomas in 2012 only proves to illustrate her tenacious dedication to her art (and a pretty talented one, at that!).  We had a chance to chat about her latest project. . .

I can’t believe that it’s already been two years since our last First Online with Fran conversation! What an incredible space to talk about my passion for ““unique, stories that aren’t just recycling of stories we have already heard” and my mission “to promote points of view that might not have otherwise been heard”.  And while so many things have changed since our last chat, that passion and that mission are only stronger.

This is even true of my current project, the original comedy short Complete Sentences?.


Complete Sentences?

Complete Sentences?

Eddie (played by Pun Bandhu)  is a chef who pops “the question” to his longtime girlfriend Kara (played by myself). He made the romantic brunch. He got the ring. He’s down on one knee—but will she say YES? We tell this story with an extraordinarily talented and diverse team both behind and in front of the camera. There’s comedy, relationships, fine food and baseball—an engaging combination in a fresh voice.



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