HAIL! HAIL! Showcases New England Indie Film Talent

Anna Rizzo as Robbie in HAIL! HAIL! - image source: Mike Messier

Anna Rizzo as Robbie in HAIL! HAIL! – image source: Mike Messier

HAIL! HAIL!, a new indie short written by Mike Messier, resulted from creative collaboration, mutual support, and fast execution. Messier’s friend and fellow indie filmmaker James Russell DeMello came up with an idea to make a short film using Messier’s writing. The purpose was to draw attention to Messier’s work. DeMello asked Messier for a short screenplay that would be easy enough to shoot on a limited budget. DeMello then put a call out to the members of his filmmaking team. After they came together and completed a day-long shoot, Messier commented, “I am extremely honored and pleased with the results.” 

Jessica Rockwood as Roseanne in HAIL! HAIL! - image source: Mike Messier

Jessica Rockwood as Roseanne in HAIL! HAIL! – image source: Mike Messier

The short features Anna Rizzo and Jessica Rockwood as Robbie and Roseanne. Two ambitious but as yet unknown young rockers, their relationship involves more than just music. Their tense and tough dialogue hides their positive feelings for each other, which eventually come out despite a dispute over fast food. Under DeMello’s direction, Rizzo and Rockwood bring out both the comic and dramatic elements that Messier included in his script.

DeMello’s work as director of “Captive,” “Cemetery Stone” and now “Hail! Hail!” is quickly building his resume as one of the top “go to” film Artists in New England. A founding member of Rhode Island South Filmmakers Group, DeMello also contributed much to the organization’s “Sloth” and “Thanksgiving” short films. Recognized as a key collaborator and champion of many New England filmmakers and their projects. DeMello advises, “Let the breathtaking Anna Rizzo and Jessica Rockwood take you on the adventure that is HAIL! HAIL!”

Watch the film here and now (via Vimeo, courtesy of Mike Messier):