Dover filmmaker earns kudos at Rhode Island fest, plans road trip
August 15. 2013 1:13AM
TAKE ONE: Dover filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo earned top honors in the recent Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition for his film “Betrayed.” The film revolves around a newspaper editor who comes face to face with a disheveled man claming to be his older brother, an Air Force pilot reported missing in action 40 years earlier. The festival also screened Catalfo's short film, “Rocketship,” about a bond forged between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship (above) for a surprising journey.
More than 200 feature-length, documentary and short films from 65 countries and 36 states across the United States were screened during the six-day festival. Films were selected from a record pool of 5,114 submissions, event organizers said.
"Betrayed" revolves around a small-town newspaper editor who answers the door in the middle of the night to find a disheveled man who claims to be his older brother, an Air Force pilot shot down over North Vietnam in 1972 and reported missing in action. His joy at reuniting with his sibling after 40 years quickly turns to terror when shadowy assassins begin pursuing them. As they embark on a dangerous mission to reveal the truth, his faith in the man's claims threatens to tear his family apart.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival, in its 17th year, is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for Best Live Action Short Film.
In addition, the film won the jury award for New Hampshire Film of the Year at the New Hampshire Film Festival in 2012.