By Sally Deering
Â The 17th Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIFF) takes place Tues, Aug 6 and runs through Sun, Aug. 12, and one of the short films on the festivalâ€™s schedule is MANIAC directed by Sam Borowski and starring Bill Sorvino of Jersey City. Borowski, whose films have competed at the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City â€“ which is produced by Sorvino â€“ will premiere MANIAC at RIFF for the chance to be an Oscar contender in the Best Short Film category.
MANIAC makes its world premiere on Sunday, the closing night of the festival.Â In the short film, Sorvino plays â€˜The Manâ€™ a good guy who does bad things for good reasons.
â€œItâ€™s about a man who turns to vigilantism after being pushed over the edge,â€ Borowski says. â€œSomething happens that makes him turn. Itâ€™s like violent philanthropy. Heâ€™s trying to rid the world of bad people. Itâ€™s a socially relevant film. The last few years have been a sort of Depression. If you look at the social and economic climate of the country, somebody whoâ€™s not right is affected even more by the fact that things are really tough out there.
â€œThe character of â€˜The Manâ€™ played by Sorvino believes in doing whatâ€™s right but he breaks the law,â€ Borowski continues. â€œWeâ€™re trying to look at what pushes people over the edge. It will get people talking on both sides. Thatâ€™s why I know itâ€™s relevant. Itâ€™s very shades of gray; not all bad, but not all good.â€
MANIAC was written by Nihad Shalabi, an Intern at Borowskiâ€™s The Naoj Company. Shalabi came to Borowski with a story he wrote, Borowski says he liked it, did a rewrite and put it on his immediate â€˜to doâ€™ list.
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