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The Suicide of James Rider Screenings This Weekend
By Douglas Lorah
A couple years ago, I walked into Fred Zara at the now defunct Panera's on Lake Eola in downtown. One thing stuck with me. He asked me when I was going to write and make a film. I told him that I didn't have anything interesting to tell. He said that everyone has a story. You just have to write it. That is exactly what separates Fred's work from most others allowing him to create unique stories. He writes about his own experiences. Fred has completed another film and is ready to show it this weekend.
Fred Zara, under his Sketchbook Productions banner, is having a preview screening of his latest creation, the feature film The Suicide of James Rider. There are two screenings at the Enzian Theater on Sunday, August 19. One is at 10 am and a second at 12 pm. Fred will be at both screenings along with some members of the local cast and crew.
The feature is based on a true story. From the film's website, here is a synopsis.
Set in the summer of 2001, The Suicide of James Rider, follows the coming-of-age journey of Richie Russo, the newest member of this circle of friends. Despite having never met James himself, Richie gets to know him in a real and intimate way through all the wild, hilarious, and poignant stories told by the friends James left behind. Soon, Richie’s idea of what it means to be alive is slowly transformed—ironically, by someone he will never actually meet in life.
The film shot earlier this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign. This is Fred's third completed feature film after Average Community, a 2009 documentary about his band days in his hometown, and Read Me, a 2016 narrative about an adult navigating life with Dyslexia.
As of the time of this writing, there are tickets available for the 10am showing. The noon showing is nearly sold out.
Screening #1 ~ August 19th, 10am
Screening #2 ~ August 19th, 12pm