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RI Director Richard Griffin to Premiere ‘Normal’ This Sunday

Friday, January 24, 2014


Check out the premiere of 'Normal' at Cinemaworld in Lincoln on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Scorpio Film Releasing will premiere its new film entitled Normal on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Cinemaworld in Lincoln, RI. Normal is the latest effort from award-winning director Richard Griffin, and award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lenny Schwartz.

Described as a contemporary psychological thriller, Normal is about Jim, a lonely, troubled young man who works as an apartment superintendent. Unfortunately, Jim keeps reliving his tortured past. Through a series of flashbacks, and interactions with his mysterious tenants, we not only learn of Jim’s dark secrets, but also what it means to be normal. The answers Jim finds in his journey shatter his perceptions of the past, as well as his fragile grip on reality.

A personal journey

Griffin and Schwartz hatched the idea for the film very late one night. Schwartz grabbed the idea, and fueled by the grief, anger and pain of losing his father awhile ago, labored for three months, writing constantly. “I couldn’t shake it when it was done” said Schwartz. “Part of me still can’t. Part of me still feels like I’m stuck in that movie script.”

Griffin drew from his own pain and losses of the past to help shape the film. "When I first read the screenplay for Normal from Lenny Schwartz, I found that with each page my emotions ran the gamut from a deep, visceral sadness to unmitigated fear," Griffin told GoLocal. "So many movies today are violent, but what Lenny wrote so brilliantly was a movie about violence. And not the blood and guts variety, but a violence that's deep, emotional and profound. Weeks after reading the screenplay I couldn't shake the emotions, and I still can't."

"I hope the audience shares in the same troubling nightmare Lenny wrote so brilliantly when they see the film in theaters. I am honored to have the chance to direct such a masterwork," Griffin added.

Local talent

Both Griffin and Schwartz are thrilled that local actors, now enjoying careers in Los Angeles are leads in the film: Michael Reed and Sarah Nicklin. No stranger to Scorpio Film Releasing, Reed and Nicklin have collaborated with Griffin on numerous occasions, including most recently on Exhumed.

In addition to Reed and Nicklin, Normal's cast and crew features countless other talented local actors and filmmakers, including Rhode Islanders Rich Tretheway, Michael Thurber, Elyssa Baldassarri, Shannon Hartman, and Patrick Keeffe.

Schwartz noted, “The world of filmmaking is all about remakes or re-imagining these days. I encourage people to come support a local filmmaker, actors, and crew, who have put blood sweat and tears into making something original. This is something you haven’t seen before.”

Providence's most prolific

Normal marks the 14th feature film for Providence native Richard Griffin. This past summer, GoLocal spoke to Griffin about his forthcoming effort Future Justice, a science fiction tale that Griffin funded by using the international crowdfunding site Indiegogo. To view the trailer, go here.

Normal premieres at Cinemaworld in Lincoln on January 26, 2014. There are two showings at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets are $10 each. For more information visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/229308907226989/

Check out the trailer for Normal below.


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Mr. North


Director: Danny Huston

Cast: Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall

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There's Something About Mary


Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller

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Federal Hill


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Nicholas Turturro, Anthony DeSando, Libby Langdon

Set in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood, the movie marks the directorial debut of Pawtucket native Michael Corrente.

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Age of Innocence


Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

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True Lies


Director: James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold

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High Society


Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra

Nominated for two Academy Awards, the movie's opening shot features a flyover of Newport’s oceanfront mansions. 

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Thirteen Days


Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp

This docudrama about the Cuban Missile Crisis was partly shot in Newport. 

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Little Children


Director: Todd Field

Cast: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley

Shot partly in Providence, this critically acclaimed drama received three Academy Award nominations, including a Best Lead Actress nod for Kate Winslet.

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Director: Peter M. Lenkov

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Dijimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey

Shot at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport and the State House in Providence, this drama received four Academy Award nominations in 1998. 

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Outside Providence


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Shawn Hatosy, Amy Smart, Alec Baldwin

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Me, Myself & Irene


Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Cast: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger. Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins

Filmed in Newport, Narragansett, Jamestown, and Galilee, this comedy centers on a Rhode Island State Trooper played by Jim Carrey. 

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Director: Lajos Koltai

Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Meryl Streep

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The Great Gatsby


Director: Jack Clayton

Cast: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern

This Academy Award-winning drama was filmed in Newport at the Rosecliff Mansion on Bellevue Ave.

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Self Storage


Director: Tom DeNucci

Cast: Eric Roberts, Jonathan Silverman, Michael Berryman, Tom DeNucci

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27 Dresses


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Ed Burns

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Dan in Real Life


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale


Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander

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The Education of Charlie Banks


Director: Fred Durst

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri

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Meet Joe Black


Director: Martin Brest

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Reversal of Fortune


Director: Barbet Schroeder

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver

Jeremy Irons took home the Oscar for Best Actor for this drama, which was partly shot in Newport.

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Director: Frederik Du Chau

Cast: Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Warburton, Amy Adams

Shot entirely in Rhode Island, filming locations included Hope High School on the East Side of Providence.

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Tanner Hall


Directors: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenberg

Cast: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson

Shot in Providence and Newport, the film marks the the directorial debut of Brown University graduates Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg.

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Dumb and Dumber


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