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Oct 5, 2010 12:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Intensive cinematic residency: Independent film shot in Hampton Bays to premiere at HIFF

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Oct 5, 2010 12:43 PM

“It was challenging, but I think it’s also a credit to Stephen’s writing,” Mr. Coolidge said. “There wasn’t a moment when I felt I was lacking for anything.”

Mr. Padilla said the wall-to-wall schedule, of rehearsals in the morning and filming all afternoon and into the night, left no time for anyone to get away from the film, or for the actors to get away from their characters.

The close quarters brought them all together, Mr. Coolidge said. “There was a round table in the kitchen that we would all sit around after we wrapped for the day,” he recalled. Ms. Evans and sound mixer Timothy Cleary would play guitar, and everyone would talk and let the day wash away and get ready for a new one.

“It was a family atmosphere,” Mr. Coolidge went on to say. “We all supported one another and looked out for one another.” He said every person Mr. Padilla hired to be a part of the film was a remarkable human being, making it easy for him to let go in his role, “especially in intense situations that the script calls for.”

Before “Kisses, Chloe” came along, Mr. Coolidge said he was preparing to move to Austin with his wife, Melissa, and their 18-month-old son, Kieran. Originally from Vermont, he’s lived in Manhattan for 10 years where he has tried to make it as an actor.

But after things began to take off for him when he landed a starring role in “Kisses, Chloe” he and his wife decided to stick it out in Manhattan and start their own production company, just like Mr. Padilla and Ms. Crum had done.

“Kisses, Chloe” is a coproduction of Mr. Padilla and Ms. Crum’s company, A Family Affair Films, and Greg Loser and Ramsey Fendall’s Room 5 Films. Mr. Loser served as coproducer and Mr. Fendall was the director of photography.

Mr. Fendall worked hard to give the film a cool look and temperature that signals “a kind of world that’s empty and isolated and cold,” echoing the cooling off of relationships, Mr. Padilla said.

“Kisses, Chloe” is Mr. Padilla’s second feature film. His first feature, “The Little Things” (2006), was named “Best of the Fest” at the Philadelphia Film Festival and nabbed the Audience Award at the Red Bank International Film Festival.

He is also a playwright whose play on how Sarah Palin was plucked from obscurity to become a vice presidential nominee, “Picking Palin,” sold out its entire five-date run at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival in August.

Mr. Padilla said it will be special to see his film premiere in East Hampton, since that’s where he used to go fishing with his father and grandfather, where he and Ms. Crum were married in 2007, and where they plan to bring their 8-month-old daughter, Riley, for years to come.

“Kisses, Chloe” will be screened at the East Hampton United Artists theater at 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, and again at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 11, preceded both times by “Further Lane,” a short film by Mesh Flinders starring Noah Fleiss as the caretaker of a beach house whose owners suspect that he is taking advantage of his position.

Advance tickets are available online at hamptonsfilmfest.org, by calling 1-866-663-8541, or at Design Within Reach, 30 Park Place, East Hampton, second floor.

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