A prominent name in STL theater soon will be seen on the big screen.
Both Continis have starred in numerous local theater productions, and the elder Contini was a drama director for years at Notre Dame, St. Mary's and Rosati-Kain high schools.
The movie is about a comic-book artist (Jason Contini) from south St. Louis who returns home when his mother becomes ill. John Contini plays a bartender and mentor to the comic-book artist.
"The South Side is like a small town in a big city, and it is a character in this movie," Jason Contini said. "And the cast is 100-percent St. Louis theater actors."
Contini and co-star Nicholas J. Hearne wrote the final screenplay; Wyatt Weed directs and Gayle Gallagher serves as producer. The movie is being made under the banner of Bob Clark's Pirate Pictures. Other cast members include Jessica Laney, Amy Loui and Taylor Pietz.
Some STL locations serving as focal points include: St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Carondelet; Uncle Bill's Pancake House on South Kingshighway; Melrose Tavern on The Hill; the South Grand Avenue strip; and Newcastle Comics in Maryland Heights.
Filming should be completed by the end of July and a November release is planned.