|CARL, 17min., USA, Drama
Directed by Casey Denaro
CARL tells the story of Carl Denaro, who at twenty years old was shot in the head and became a victim to the Son of Sam shootings. As he was one of the first victims and there was no face to the alleged killer, Carl had to face a world of isolation. From that point on, he was forced to reevaluate his life and future since his plan to be a photographer for the Air Force was ruined. Our story follows Carl after the accident and how he and the rest of the world would find out his shooting was a part of a mass hysteria that changed New York in the late 1970’s.
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Casey immediately knew she wanted to be a filmmaker after her father made her watch the classics, like” Goodfellas” and “Annie Hall”, at a very young age. She has been pursuing a career in producing/directing independent film in New York for the past four years. Casey was recently awarded the National Board of Review Student Grant for “CARL”, as well the New York Women in Film & Television Emerging Female Filmmaker Award.
“CARL” is Casey’s directorial debut and she couldn’t be more ecstatic to share this film, which tells the story of her best friend and confidant, her father. She hopes that “CARL” will take the viewer on a journey through the eyes of a man who had to overcome the impossible and found a silver lining.
What do you give to someone that has given you everything? Ever since I could remember, my dad has always worked hard to give me the best opportunities in life and has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. When I was old enough to fathom what had happened to him when he was twenty, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Having your entire life halted and not knowing where to go when you’re already at a crucial age of finding yourself… what do you do?
Despite everything that has happened to him, my father always has a smile on his face and reminds me everyday to be grateful for everything. Being given the opportunity to tell his story is an enormous honor, as this is the most personal and fulfilling experience I have ever had as a filmmaker.