Ridgefield resident and Western Connecticut State University graduate, Jeff Bonistalli Jr., has announced the premiere date for his independent film, Asabiyyah: A New Social Cohesion. This full-length, local film will be screened on Saturday, June 15, 5 p.m., at the vacant Schlumberger Doll Research Center, 36 Old Quarry Road in Ridgefield.
Asabiyyah, written by Bonistalli and Matthew MacDonald, of Ridgefield, is centered in the future when the world has descended into chaos due to a global economic breakdown. The fate of the world lies in the hands of one political idealist and two ragtag gang members, whose safety is not guaranteed.
The support of the community for this film was tremendous as seen through donated venues and assistance of local cast and crew. First Selectman Rudy Marconi played a role in the movie, as well as Ridgefield residents Marcello Deaguero, Mary-Nicole Dorn, Des Maher, Nina Mohadjer, Joe Morrison and many more. The screenplay was written by Bijhan Clarke, also of Ridgefield.
Bonistalli funded the production of this film himself. Monetary donations are being requested to help assist in entering Asabiyyah into film festivals, along with related expenses aiding the success of the film. Volunteers are also needed for the movie premiere.
Bonistalli has devoted much time to the community of Ridgefield by running for State Representative 111th District in 2012, serving as a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals and Youth Commission, and by working locally at the Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club, the Barn Teen Center, and as a direct-support professional for people with disabilities.