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A cozy-mystery writer seeks revenge against a stranger, who attacked her, leaving her for dead on her way home from a book reading.

Marlo DiCrasto to play lead in Big Driver

We are proud to announce that Marlo DiCrasto will play the lead role of Tess in Big Driver. Marlo is currently working in Los Angeles, has extensive experience in film, television and theater. She will travel to Western New York in late April to begin shooting the film.

Marlo DiCrasto
Marlo DiCrasto

Jennifer Hooper cast as Betsy

Jennifer has performed as a film and stage actress in Northwest Pennsylvania for the past six years, and is thrilled to take on the role of Betsy Neal-- her fourth on screen appearance-- seeing it as both an honor and a challenge.  In her portrayal of King's character, Jennifer is committed to retaining authenticity by means of expressing strength, vulnerability and complexity.

Cathy Reade will star as Big Driver's Ramona

Cathy Reade
Cathy Reade

Cathy Reade began acting while attending Buffalo State College, and is thrilled to be part of this special Television and Film Arts project. Cathy has appeared in several plays and short films in Western New York.

Big Driver is a student short film based upon a short story by Stephen King.

The story is adapted from Stephen King's book, Full Dark, No Stars. Students in the Television and Film Arts Program at SUNY Buffalo State obtained the rights to produce this film from Stephen King through his Dollar Baby program.

Dollar Baby, a term coined by best-selling author Stephen King in reference to a select group of students, aspiring filmmakers or theater producers whom he has granted permission to adapt one of his short stories for $1

Student Director, Kyle Mecca (left) reviews Kickstarter script with Professor Lou Rera
Student Director, Kyle Mecca (left) reviews Kickstarter script with Professor Lou Rera

The students will use the funds raised in this campaign to pay professional actors, hire a make-up artist, rent specialized lighting equipment not available at the SUNY Buffalo State and purchase set props and special signage. Students will not be paid for the project.

"The Big Driver student short film adapted from the Stephen King story will be great on my demo reel."

Sean Tresmond
TFA Student, Class 2014

This is a special project organized by Associate Professor Lou Rera at SUNY Buffalo State as part of Television and Film Arts Program. Lou will serve as Executive Producer on the project. The TFA program's goal is to help our students become great storytellers!

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We are a bunch of students who love films. We love to watch films and make films. We have an opportunity to make a great film based upon a short story by Stephen King with your support. We need the funds raised to pay professional actors and rent some of the specialized equipment we'll need to make this film.

We will work at our very best to make this film a compelling story, with high production values.

This project is non-profit. This film is to help us gain the professional experience we need to work in the film business!

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