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Cranford Resident to Appear in "The Good Catholic"

Cranford's Jake Forrestal, far left, will appear in the film with his a cappella group from Indiana University. Credits: Marie Forrestal
"The Good Catholic" stars Zachary Spicer, Danny Glover, Wrenn Schmidt and John C McGinley. Credits: Marie Forrestal

CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford resident Jake Forrestal will appear in “The Good Catholic,” an independent romantic-comedy that tells the tale of a young priest struggling to accept his calling.

Forrestal, who graduated from Cranford High School in 2013, will appear alongside his a capella group from Indiana University. The group, Indiana University’s Another Round, perform Forrestal’s up tempo arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” The movie was filmed in nearby Bloomington, Indiana.

“It was amazing to see the entire Bloomington community rally around these guys during filming,” Forrestal said. “This was really a team effort, and everyone was just happy to be a part of it. I think the energy of the community is what makes Bloomington so special, and this really comes across in the film.”

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After hearing about the movie from Jake and attending an event for it in New York City, Forrestal’s mother, Marie, was struck by the excitement and passion of the filmmakers and actors. She invested in the film and joined the production as an associate producer.

“It has been a whirlwind and fulfills a passion I have always had for movies,” she said.

“The Good Catholic,” which stars Zachary Spicer, Danny Glover, Wrenn Schmidt and John C McGinley, recently won “best picture” in the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It will run for one week in select theaters.

“I hope everyone in Cranford and surrounding towns can catch this movie,” Marie said. “These young guys never gave up and pursued their passion for filmmaking. Any passion should be pursued. It’s never too late and I am finding that out now for myself.”

“The Good Catholic” will play for one week in Cranford’s New Vision Theatre starting on Friday, September 8. Prior to the 2 p.m. showing on Sunday, September 10, the theater will air a Q&A with Zachary Spicer and Paul Scofield, the film's writer and director.

To buy tickets for "The Good Catholic," click here.


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