Stefano Pucciano is now becoming widely known in the film world as a director ahead of his time.
That’s right, meet the next Quentin Tarantino.
Pucciano, who hails from Brampton, ON, and who is active in making films locally and internationally, is set to launch The Devil’s Hand (2017).
And this is a film you don’t want to miss for scores of reasons. You see the film is suspenseful, chilling, and gripping, and it will have you on the edge of your seat from start-to-finish.
The Devil’s Hand: A Creative Indie Production
While the storyline and creative filming techniques throughout will ‘wow’ audiences, Pucciano went one step further to make this film exceptional: the cast is comprised of non-actors – real life people with day jobs and who have long-dreamed of being on the silver screen.
The film only has one veteran actor, Steve Rizzo, who stars and Jason Gibbs.
“It feels fantastic to unveil this film,” says Pucciano, who is now hailed as an award winning director with a number of films to his credit, including Routine (2015) and The Link (2016).
“What makes this film extra-special is that it stars people who have never acted before. Having non-actors in the film helped make the entire production more real and unique in so many ways,” adds the founder and owner of TTL (Through The Lenz) Films.
The movie tells the story of a cult organization − led by Zaros (Sylwester Organka) − that wants to turn all of humanity into sinners; following the teachings that the devil is the one true divine power. The cult’s evil mission however gets “questioned” and heroes attempt to stop them at all cost.
Pucciano indicates that putting the film together was a labour of love, both for him and everyone involved in the project.
“I started writing the scrip two years ago and everyone during production put their best foot forward to make my story come to life,” he says.
Non-Actors Shine On The Silver Screen
What Pucciano really wants to prove with the release of his new work is that great productions like this can be done on a small budget while utilizing the hidden talents of non-actors.
His biggest influence in film is Quentin Tarantino, a director also known for pulling off many “firsts” when it comes to ‘pushing the envelope.’
“I had so many entries for this film – nearly 600 people applied for all the roles,” he says. “I learned one thing with this project: never judge a book by its cover. You don’t have to be a well-known actor or actress to nail a part.”
Diane Lukacs McDonald, who stars as Lt. Naomi, is among the cast of non-actors, and she puts on a stellar performance of being a hardnosed law enforcement professional.
“Starring in The Devil’s Hand was truly an amazing experience,” says McDonald. “The only acting experience I have is through a theatre class I took in high school, so this is my very first film.”
She adds, “I now have a new appreciation for celebrities in the movie industry. Putting a movie together is a hell-of-a-lot-of-work and the entire cast for Pucciano’s new film juggled lots with work, life and filming to make this production a reality. The one thing all the cast and production crew have in common is that we are full of passion and we gave it our all. And we all really appreciated the opportunity to finally be in a movie. For me and everyone this is like a dream come true.”
The Devil’s Hand Red Carpet Event
Pucciano and his entire team will be hosting a special screening of the film on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM at Cine-Starz Theatre (377 Burnhamthorpe Road E, Mississauga, ON). Ticket prices range from $15 to $40, and make sure you dress in style – this is a Red Carpet Event.
“It’s going to be a great night launching my new film,” says Pucciano. “Again, the credit goes to everyone who poured their heart and soul into this production.”
For those who want more information on The Devil’s Hand, visit TTL Films Instagram Page for regular updates: www.instagram.com/ttlfilms/