The Bend

set in Woonsocket RI in 1984 two stepbrothers find a strange device sent to save them from impending danger.

  • John A. Papa
  • Anthony Acquisto
  • Frederic Gabriel Barbosa
  • John A. Papa
  • Massimo Papa
    Key Cast
  • Israel Acquisto
    Key Cast
  • Joseph Lavallee
    Director of Photography
  • Katy Magee
    Production Design
    Hair Story
  • John A. Papa
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Canon C300 M2
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Distribution Information
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Director Biography - John A. Papa

Born in Cleveland Ohio John A. Papa worked as a musician and audio engineer. He moved to New York City where he played in several bands, worked as a session musician and in Art Direction. In 2005 he was recruited by Hasbro to create their east coast studio in RI. From there he began a 8 year career where he directed and produced countless commercials and marketing videos. In 2013 he struck out on his own and started Massimoto Media a content creation company that has some of the worlds best known brands as clients. John works almost exclusively with DP Joseph Lavallee. Although The Bend is Johns first film he has directed hundreds commercials and videos that feature kids as talent. He shot The Bend in order so the talent could keep the story progression in mind as both were first time actors a technique he learned watching a documentary about Steven Spielberg.

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Director Statement

I just tried to make a cool little film with my friends that looked good and hopefully entertains people for 9 minutes.