This October the film Mark of the Dog Rose, directed by North Reading High School graduate Jessica (Saccardo) Cook, will premiere at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Several NRHS graduates were involved in the film, and NRHS principal Jon Bernard makes an appearance on screen.
The film has several connections to North Reading, including starring Andy Favreau, NRHS graduate and brother of President Obama's former speech writer Jon Favreau. Actor Paul Lucci, Jr.; Production Assistant Gayle (McKinney) McGlauflin; and extras Dave Saccardo, Richard Stewart, Rachel Ward, John Saccardo and Jake Scoyne are also among the alumni involved. NRHS itself even makes an appearance as some scenes were filmed at the school.
Categorized as a suspense drama, the film centers around main character Gabe Marcel who is trying to find his sister Toni. With the police unable to locate her, Gabe asks the sister of one of the detectives on the case for help. The pair pick up were the police left off, but soon "find themselves locked into a game of cat and mouse with evil itself," said writer and producer Shannon Carter.
"Our team has worked so hard to make this film. We worked long hours and traveled to crazy locations, all unpaid. Yet, at the end of the day we all agree it was worth it! We are so proud of this film and it would mean the world to us if people could come out and support it," Cook said.
You won't want to miss the premiere Sunday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Regent Theater in Arlington. The premiere is a red carpet event and will have an after party in Boston. Purchase tickets online at the Regent Theatre website.