Film Shot in Scotch Plains Nominated for Two Awards

April 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - You can take her dignity, but don’t take her babysitter.

Award-winning screenwriter Jen Harrison and acting instructor Lainie Ventura, both local residents, will screen their short film Sitter on April 27 during the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival, where the duo is nominated for Best New Jersey Short Film and for Best Actress (Ventura).

Filmed in a house in Scotch Plains and at Rudy’s Restorante in Garwood, Sitter’s plot centers on a woman who will go to any length to hold onto her babysitter. Harrison and Ventura filmed it in the area, in part, because of the support of local businesses, including Mara’s Café, Fanwood Bagel, and Rudy’s, which provided catering for the production.

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Lainie Ventura (nee Lainie Rochelle Siegel) is an actress and producer known for Damaged Goods (2012), The Adulterer (2000) and Undermind (2003).  She and her husband, Tony Ventura,  live in Scotch Plains with their daughter Remi, 11, and son Deegan, 5.  She recently opened The Actor’s Rec Room in Scotch Plains, where she teaches acting classes.  

Jen Harrison, a Fanwood resident, has been a screenwriter for 10 years and is currently writing a feature film biopic for a producer in Los Angeles.  

Sitter debuted at the Rialto in Westfield last fall and was recently screened at the NYC Downtown Shorts Festival .  It will also be shown at the SENE Music and Arts Festival in Rhode Island on April 25th.  

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