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Prayer and movie making have a lot more in common than you’d know.
For one thing, they both involve faith, something aspiring neighborhood filmmaker Jason Cusato knows a lot about.
This Saturday, Cusato and his cousin Scott Nawrocki, the team behind Park Slope Films, will be putting their faith in their friends, family and area residents as they hold a special fund raiser for their new film, tentatively titled “Apostles of Park Slope.”
The August 23 event, which is being billed as “A Night of Film and Fun,” will be held at a place that knows a little something about faith: St. Thomas Aquinas Hall on Fourth Avenue at Ninth Street.
In between performances by neighborhood musicians Anthem and Joe Savastano and belly laughs sparked by MC and host comedian Anthony DeVito, Cusato and Nawrocki will be showing a short film entitled “The Confession,” as well as a preview trailer for their production, “Sunday Dinner.”
They will then give the audience a glimpse of “Apostles of Park Slope,” the $20,000 labor of love that’s nearing completion.
Cusato said that the money raised will go directly to finishing the film, which in itself is a story about having faith in one’s friends.
Based on a true story, “Apostles of Park Slope” is about a Brooklyn guy who learns just how important his friends are to him during a nosh at Third Avenue’s Two Toms restaurant following his mother’s wake.
At the same time, the holy-rolling parish priest ministering at the woman’s funeral learns he has to lighten up a little, Cusato explains.
“It’s a journey that takes place during dinner at a local restaurant,” he said. “But it boils down to friendship and the bonds that neighborhood friends have.”
Cusato, who was the darling of area film festivals with his mockumentary “When Broomsticks Were King,” said that he hopes to bring this story of friendship to as wide an audience as possible.
“We want to bring it to film festivals and get it into as many hands as we can,” he said. “But we have to get the film done first.”
To do that, he’s turning to his own friends, who are all chipping in.
When they’re not playing a key role in the movie’s production, they’re collecting the nearly 40 prizes that will be raffled off during the celebration.
Prizes include tickets to see “Young Frankenstein” on Broadway, Mets and Cyclones tickets, a Park Slope dinner package, gym memberships to Equinox and a jukebox donated by Joe Corrao, who can be found acting in “Apostles” when he’s not running his own jukebox company.
“It’s a great feeling to know that all of these people believe in this movie as much as I do and have a passion for what we’ve put together,” said Cusato.
Good feelings — isn’t that what faith is all about?
Doors for the Night of Film and Fun will open at 7:30 p.m. Admission, which includes food, beer and wine, is $40.
To lean more about the fun-filled night, purchase raffle tickets or learn more about “Apostles of Park Slope” and Park Slope Films, one can call (718) 266-6376 or go to www.parkslopefilms.com.
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