Hometown actors to appear onscreen in ‘Prescient’
In the independent film, John Patrick Patti, who grew up in Williamsville, will star as the antagonist named Karl Palmer, and Bryna Weiss, who previously lived in Buffalo, will play the role of Aunt Kay.
According to John Hannon, the producer of “Prescient,” the film is about a man named Theodore who has “a genetic trait that is both a blessing and a curse.”
“He tries to alter his medical destiny,” he said. “He can see the future. When an eye-lock happens between him and someone else, it means something bad is going to happen.”
Hannon says he spent more than a year writing a script and developing the project.
“I persuaded my partners to do it in Buffalo based on the tremendous location, actors and community support that I knew were here,” he said.
Hann-Shi Lem, who is from Singapore, directed the film, and rehearsals began in early May.
“He’s [Hannon] showcasing Buffalo in a great way by the locations that are in the film; we have Niagara Falls, of course, and we have several scenes in the Ellicott Square Building,” Patti said. “I had scenes that we actually shot in Carl Paladino’s office.
“They’ve also shot in a Frank Lloyd Wright House and at the Gates Institute near Roswell Park.”
Patti says he was immersed in producing other films and was hardly going on auditions, so “Prescient” provided an opportunity to return to acting.
“I feel like I was denying one of the most important things to me, which was being an actor,” he said. “All the years you come home and hear, ‘Hey, when am I going to see you on the big screen?’
“I can finally say, ‘Well, guess what? You’re going to get to see me on the big screen, and it’s premiering here in Buffalo at the North Park Theatre.’ That’s a great thing.”
Hannon has wanted to cast Weiss as a mother for a long time, and now she will star as a “mother figure” to the protagonist in “Prescient.”
Weiss moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and has appeared in various television shows and films.
“I got a role in a movie [“A Delicatessen Story”], interestingly enough, directed by Rob Schiller, who was from Amherst, and who had a dinner theater for many, many years and went off and became a successful direct or,” she said.
Weiss has been influenced by the community since she was a young girl.
“When I was in first grade, I had a music teacher that would put on plays and all kinds of real theater equipment,” she said.
She says there were many community theater groups in temples, churches and synagogues, and then there were small theaters that sprang up.
“This community and this city really has nurtured me as an act or,” Weiss said. “It had this heart of people that put on some fine theater. When I was a young mother there was tons of dinner theaters, really successful dinner theaters.”
The showing of the film is tentatively set for February.