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Movie about Newtown tragedy will NOT be filmed in Ridgefield

Written by Anmarie Galowski

Multiple news organizations have been reporting that Ridgefield will be the location of a made-for-TV movie about the tragedy that took place in Newtown on December 14. According to reports, Hollywood film director Jonathan Bucari will be in town today preparing for the film.

HamletHub has confirmed that no one associated with the film  has contacted First Selectman Rudy Marconi nor Ridgefield Film Commission Director, Allison Stockel.  According to Stockel, “I’m getting a lot of phone calls but this person never contacted me and he is not allowed to shoot here unless he gets a permit.”

In order to obtain a permit to film, a director must first contact the Connecticut Film Commission and then receive permission from the town film commission. “I called the Connecticut Film Commission and they have not been in contact with him [Bucari],” says Stockel.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi has said that “This will not happen in Ridgefield.”  According to Marconi, “No permits will be issued for the making of a movie about the tragedy in Sandy Hook.”

Channel 12 news has suggested that the reason Bucari selected Ridgefield as the location was that it had the same look and feel as Newtown, and he didn’t want to invade Newtown so soon after the tragedy.

In January Bucari tweeted, “I am really pleased to announce that I will be directing my next movie about mental illness this February. The movie will be dedicated to the victims of the shooting in Newtown.”

Bucari, who specializes in directing and producing feature films for TV and cinema and is best known for a TV pilot entitled ‘The Sacrificial Lamb’ (2012), has not been able to be reached for comment.

Kerry Anne Ducey