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Local Filmmakers Debut First Feature At Ridgefield Playhouse

Filmmakers Nicola Scandiffio and Abigail Schwarz before the first screening of their film "Those Who Wander." Photo Credit: By Sean Fowler
A busy cocktail reception at the Ridgefield Playhouse followed the screening of "Those Who Wander." Photo Credit: By Sean Fowler
A shot of the crowd at the Ridgefield Playhouse during the credits of "Those Who Wander." Photo Credit: By Sean Fowler

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- "Those Who Wander," a feature film by Abigail Schwarz and Nicola Scandiffio, both formerly of New Canaan, recently had its first screening at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Both of the film’s creators were in town for the red-carpet event. The movie – which stars Bonnie Wright of "Harry Potter" film fame -- was written and directed by Schwarz, and produced by Scandiffio.

Schwarz and Scandiffio graduated from New Canaan High School in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Although the two did not know each other well in high school, they met and formed a creative partnership soon after, and now co-own their own production company, Rival Film.

"Those Who Wander" was funded by private investors and an ambitious Kickstarter campaign, and the film’s first screening at the Ridgefield Playhouse was a glittery private event for the film’s investors, featuring a brief talk by both filmmakers -- who thanked the community for their support mentioning that more than 600 people had a hand in the film -- the screening, and a private cocktail reception.

The filmmakers expressed gratitude to the Ridgefield Playhouse, New Canaan-Darien Magazine/Moffly Media and Ancona’s Wines & Liquors for their support of the event.

For more photos from the event, click here .

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