Jersey City filmmaker's new comedy short set for Long Island Film Expo this week
By on July 16, 2013
Jersey City filmmaker Dan Kowalski’s new comedy will screen at the Long Island Film Expo this Thursday.
The family-friendly short “Greg’s Guardian Angel,” directed by Kowalski, was shot mostly in Hudson County, with scenes spanning West New York and Jersey City as well as Bergen County’s Midland Park.
The film stars Greg Vorob as “Greg,” a man whose life is uprooted by his incompetent guardian angel, played by Elmer Santos.
“Before I met them, Greg Vorob and (co-writer) Dan Conrad were putting together sketch comedy for the web,” Kowalski said. “This was one of the sketches they wrote and never produced.”
When Kowalski overheard the pair discussing the sketch, he instantly saw its production potential.
“Every single one of the actors is somebody I’ve worked with before,” he said, and some of the faces might be familiar to audiences as well.
Jack Moran, Jr. – who’s worked as an extra on “30 Rock” and “Boardwalk Empire” – plays Greg’s boss in the movie. Indie film veteran Timothy J. Cox also has a supporting role.
Kowalski said the filming was “a lot of fun” and believes working as a director in Jersey City gave him and his team some unique advantages.
“We’re right across the river from New York at a time when New York has surpassed even LA in terms of video production,” he said. “Lots of opportunities are here.”
Kowalski is currently working on commercial projects and web comedy series at his production company, Phalanx Video Productions. He is also writing a feature-length film.
“Greg’s Guardian Angel” makes its Long Island Film Expo debut Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bellmore Movie Theater in Bellmore, N.Y. The film will then make its way to the Long Island Film Festival and the Diamond Film Festival.