Buffalo State TV/Film Students Screening Original TV Pilot
by Jordan Canahai - posted 4:52 pm, December 9, 2015
On December 10, Buffalo State will hold a screening of Cappuccino Jones, a TV pilot created by seniors in the Television and Film Arts (TFA) program. The free half-hour premiere begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall and is open to the public.
Students enrolled in associate professor Lou Rera’s TFA 450 course spent the semester writing, casting, and producing the TV pilot about a ‘70s-era detective, his hotshot new partner, and their effort to nab a local drug dealer. Filming took place in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, and East Aurora, and wrapped up in mid-November.
According to co-producer Lauren Heaney, this marks the first TFA project to be approved by the national Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
“We wanted the film to be as professional as possible so we cast the main actors who had more experience and accreditation,” Heaney said. “We put a casting call out and got a huge response and just got lucky with SAG actors.”
Mu-shaka Benson stars as Cappuccino Jones. Other actors include Arlynn Knauff, Mike Sciabarrasi, Alexander Sloan McBryde, Jason John Beebe, and Siluo Gompah.
I’ve always been proud of the fact that I was a part of the original TFA class when I was first accepted into the program back in 2009. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a number of extremely talented filmmakers who I remain good friends with today. I also consider it a real privilege to have studied under professors Jeffrey Hirschberg and Lou Rera, both of whom I consider valued mentors.
I also have fond memories of all the hard work and stress one endures as a student filmmaker learning the craft and working to complete projects which makes me respect and admire the efforts of Buffalo State students that much more. I’m really proud of the fact that I can draw attention to their work, and I’m excited and hopeful to see students go on to have success in the industry.