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1 Sep , 2015   Posted by: Catalfo


Rocketship is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is 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 for a surprising journey. The film is inspired by the rocketship sculptures of artist David Random. Rocketship was an Official Selection of the New Hampshire Film Festival (Jury Award for NH Film of the Year), SNOB Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival (Winner, KidsEye Award), Mill Valley Film Festival sponsored by the California Film Institute, LA Shorts Fest, Boston Film Festival, Louisville’s Festival of Films, Northampton International Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it was named one the CIFF’s 20 “Must See Films” out of 345 films (180 features and 165 shorts) screened over 12 days. The CIFF review said, “It’s magical. It’s epic. The little boy who plays the lead is fantastic.” In June, 2014, Rocketship was featured at the 17th Dances With Films in Los Angeles, one of the film industry’s premier showcases for emerging talent. Starting in February, 2015, Rocketship is being featured inflight on Virgin Airlines worldwide.

Film Details

Director: Alfred Thomas Catalfo

Writer: Alfred Thomas Catalfo

Year of Release: 2013

Running Time: 14

New England Connection: ROCKETSHIP was shot in New Hampshire and southern Maine. Writer/Producer/Director Alfred Thomas Catalfo is from New Hampshire. All members of the cast are from New Hampshire, with one from Maine. All members of the crew are from New Hampshire, with one from Massachusetts.

Director(s) Bio:: Alfred Thomas Catalfo is a screenwriter, director, SAG actor and attorney. He has been a winner or finalist in 35 major screenwriting competitions with five different feature scripts. Catalfo has written and directed 8 short films. In 2006, he wrote, produced and directed THE NORMAN ROCKWELL CODE, a 35-minute, Web-based spoof of The Da Vinci Code that was featured on The Must List ("Ten Things We Love This Week") in Entertainment Weekly, had more than one million online views in three months, and became one of the Web's first international hit films. Other short films he has written, produced and directed include BIGHORN, a 15-minute, supernatural historical fantasy that was the subject of full-page stories in the New York Daily News and Boston Herald and winner of the 2011 Online New England Film Festival. Nathaniel Philbrick, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of the New York Times Bestseller "The Last Stand," applauded BIGHORN on his blog, calling it "an ingenious and demented intermingling of the Battle of the Little Bighorn with the New England Patriots" and telling his readers "You've got to see this movie!" Catalfo's latest film, A SPLIT TICKET, is currently in post-production.

Number of shooting days: 5

Camera Used: Sony EX1, Canon 5D and 7D

Editing software: Final Cut Pro

Budget: $5000

Financed by: Friends & Family

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Rocketship shown at numerous New England film festivals will screen as part of the 7th Annual Online New England Film Festival.


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