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Local Filmmakers Hit the Big Screen

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For the past three years, local filmmakers Mark Carey and Alphonse Polito have been working on a dream. After a lot of commercial work and a handful of short films they took a leap of faith with a focus on the future. The created ISO Pictures and got to work on their dreams. 

"We realized no one was going to ask us to direct and star in a film. So we just set out to do it ourselves," Polito said.

They wrote a screenplay, gathered together a crew of 60 and worked some incredibly long hours to make "Ashes of Brush Flats."

Polito stars in the movie. Carey directed it. And it's finally done. It's a modern day western set in Reno.

Reno was the best backdrop for a lot of reasons really.

"We could get to rural areas, old buildings, neon and the downtown lights, the casinos, all of it without driving all across the country to accomplish it," Carey said.

"And we got a chance to showcase Reno," said Polito."I mean not just the town, but all of the incredible talent we have here. Musicians, technicians, editors, you name it. About 99% of those working on this film were locals. All of the actors but one. All of the crew members."

 It took them three years to complete and get this, their budget was $3,500.

"We took on a full length film for $3,500!" Polito says. "And people tell us it looks like a million dollar movie."

The story is of two brothers and how they deal with the loss of their father. They call it a modern western. And it does get to the grittier part of Reno. But is also a big dream come true.

"I really am excited!" Carey said. "I mean for three years we've been working long hours to get this done. And we've been talking about it. And tonight we get to show everyone what we've been working on."

Their screening is tonight at the Riverside Theater in downtown Reno tonight at 7:30.

You can visit their website www.ISOpictures.com and their ISO Pictures Facebook for details on other future releases.       

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