BUFFALO, NY - Dr. Andrew Cappuccino is best known for saving the life of Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett during a game in 2007, but now he and his wife are adding "filmmaker" to their already impressive resumes. A feature film they produced opened in Buffalo today.
The movie, Arthur Newman, has already opened in major cities, but Friday it started its run locally. Orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino and his wife Helen, a Roswell Park surgical oncologist, are executive producers
"It's always been a great love of ours, even from the time we couldn't afford to rub two nickels together, we saw films together. It's our pastime," said Dr. Andrew Cappuccino.
While at a speaking engagement with Everett, the Cappuccinos met people from the film industry who encouraged them to break into the business. Fast forward several years and now they are walking the red carpet.
"The three projects that were completed this year have all been met with good critical acclaim," Andrew said.
The latest, Arthur Newman, features Academy Award winner Colin Firth and Golden Globe nominee Emily Blunt. In the opening credits you see the name "Vertebra Films" which is the aptly named production company the Cappuccino surgeons started with one of their six children, Mac. The 25-year-old studied film at NYU and is a Canisius High School graduate.
"It can be very hands on on-set, which is not what I do. That's what our son does. I do more of the behind the scenes, putting deals together, putting the financing in place, and distribution," said Helen.
In Arthur Newman, Firth plays a depressed divorcee who deals with a mid-life crisis by walking away from his old life and reinventing himself as a golf pro.
"The real take home message is the life that you really wish you had may not be what it's cracked up to be and what you have might be worth saving. It's a movie about redemption. I love the film," said Andrew.
Later this year, Vertebra Films will be releasing a horror movie called Clown and the Cappuccinos are already looking for future projects. They said it is their mission to film a future movie locally.
"If you can create art like this in a community where you have a ready workforce and good natural resources it's a win for everyone," said Andrew.
Arthur Newman is showing at the Regal Theatre at Quaker Crossing in Orchard Park.