San Joaquin Memorial graduates Peter Pardini and Grant Garry will screen their short film, "OrdinaryMan," in Fresno on Saturday.
The local filmmakers spent several days in Fresno in July 2012 shooting the 16-minute movie. It will show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Tower Theatre box office.
Pardini wrote the script for the light comedy, which is based on an idea by both buddies. It tells the story of a superhero (Garry) who loses his powers and ends up sleeping on his girlfriend's couch as he tries to adjust to life as an ordinary man.
Shooting the short film — made on a tight budget of $15,000 — was the easy part of the process for the filmmakers. The pair have been busy entering the movie in various film festivals and getting mixed results.
"It's interesting to see what gets into a film festival. We submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival and the response letter we got said that there were 14,000 submissions. Only about 20 were accepted from the U.S.," Pardini says.
Saturday's screening will be the second time the short film has been shown to an audience. It debuted at the Kansas City Film Festival in April, a chance for the filmmakers to see their movie for the first time on a big screen and with an audience. Pardini was happy to hear how the audience laughed at all the right places and at points where they didn't expect to get a laugh.
The pair have shared a love of movies since they first became friends in the second grade. They went from making movies as school projects to full-time work in the Los Angeles TV and film industry. Garry's interests are more in front of the camera. He's acted on "NCIS: Los Angeles," "CSI" and "Man Up" after graduating from Loyola Marymount University.
It took long hours and a lot of help from friends and family to make "OrdinaryMan." Pardini's happy with the end result.
"Basically, you have to make a lot of compromises before shooting. We would have liked to had another day to shoot or a bigger action scene. But we shot what we could and when I saw it on big screen, it turned out the way we hoped," Pardini says.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Along with the screening of "OrdinaryMan," there will be a 15-20 minute featurette on the making of the movie and coming attractions to showcase what the filmmakers are working on individually. That includes the trailer for a new documentary Pardini is in the process of putting together about the history of the band Chicago.
Pardini, who studied screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, previously directed the 90-minute retrospective "Chicago Presents an Evening of Holiday Music and Greatest Hits."
Following the screenings will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
Watch trailers of "OrdinaryMan" and "The History of Chicago" at fresnobee.com/living-and-entertainment/
"OrdinaryMan," 8 p.m. Saturday, Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave., $10
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