New Jersey filmmaker Heather Brittain O’Scanlon is finally kicking off the festival run for her latest film, “Victim No. 6”, beginning with the Beaufort International Film Festival in South Carolina this February, where the film has been selected as a finalist.
“Victim No. 6”, written and directed by Nancy Menagh (“As It Seems”), is co-produced by Menagh and O’Scanlon under their production companies, Black Dog Pictures and SOS Productions, respectively. The film stars O’Scanlon, a New Jersey native, (“Blue Bloods”, “House Broken”) along with Russ Russo (“Catch Hell”, “Act of War”), another New Jersey native who has a long list of film & TV credits to his name. “Victim No. 6” is set in 1975 New York City, where a fun-loving woman out at her local bar invites a handsome stranger back to her place, despite knowing there's a serial killer on the loose.
Menagh and O’Scanlon first teamed up on the award-winning film “As It Seems”, which was also written and directed by Menagh and starred O’Scanlon. Menagh said, “It was great to team up with Heather on another period piece. We had a lot of fun working with the unique vibe of the 1970’s, which I think shines through in the film.”
When asked when the film might screen in New Jersey, O’Scanlon replied coyly, “I have a sneaking suspicion you may just see it at the Garden State Film Festival in March!” O’Scanlon, who serves as Vice Chair of the festival went on to explain that any film of hers, which screens at GSFF, screens out of competition (it is not eligible for awards).
She added, “It’s always an honor to have one of my films show at GSFF, New Jersey’s premiere independent film festival. I know I’ll be in the best of company with the talented filmmakers who are accepted from all over the world, and I’m always so very happy to bring one of my films home to New Jersey where my family and friends can all attend!”
The Garden State Film Festival takes place March 23 – 28, 2021 and will be a hybrid virtual and live event. Official selections and schedule of films and events will be posted soon.
O’Scanlon concluded by saying “It feels so satisfying to soon be able to share this film with audiences. We had initially hoped to start our festival run at the beginning of 2020, but then COVID hit, the lockdowns were in place, film festivals shuttered and/or went online, and life as we know it changed in so many ways. As difficult as this past year has been for us all, I feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m thankful”.