YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers resident Ryan Caraway is about to have his red carpet moment.
His first directorial debut, "By Jingo," debuts at the Nordic International Film Festival in New York City on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4:45 p.m. as the headline closing night film.
The movie, about a young laborer struggling to rebuild his life post Hurricane Sandy, has been nominated by the grand jury for "Best Narrative Feature."
Caraway, an actor who has appeared in a variety of commercials and print advertisements, trained in the conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and said he's always been interested in the things that bring families together and tear them apart. The film, where he plays a starring role as the laborer, is his way of trying to figure out the adult world.
"In training you're constantly chasing some spark, some moment, and however fleeting they might be, you keep chasing that feeling," he said. "That's what 'By Jingo' was for me."
Caraway said the movie is a bit of a homecoming for his team as they have not yet seen it on the big screen.
In a twist of coincidences, the movie will premiere exactly three years since he and his crew started production at a home in the Hamptons. The film was shot for four months there with everyone sleeping in cots lined up in the living room.
There was no insulation and it was winter, said Caraway of the main shoot location, which meant everyone slept in their jackets, boots and hats. "We lived in the wreckage," he said.
In total, "By Jingo" took three years to shoot and edit.
The screening, at the Scandinavia House at 58 Park Avenue, is open to the public and admission will be on a first come first serve basis. It will be followed by a red carpet award ceremony, which is also open.
Next up for Caraway: a few indie films which will come out on the festival circuit later this year and in 2016. He's also working on another project set to film next fall in New York City.
A trailer for the film can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/140152206 .
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