Young filmmakers from Windsor to debut spy thriller at Real Art Ways

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
Mustafa Mamedov stars as ex-KGB agent David Arlov in ‘Never Forgetful.’
Mustafa Mamedov stars as ex-KGB agent David Arlov in ‘Never Forgetful.’

While most high school seniors are focused on surviving the stress of planning for college or finding a good job, the most immediate concern of two young men at Pathways to Technology High School in Windsor is the success of a movie they wrote, produced, directed, starred in, filmed in high definition, edited, marketed and distributed - the premiere for which will be at Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford on Nov. 12.

Entitled “Never Forgetful,” the hour-long action thriller stars Mustafa Mamedov - a self-taught stunt actor with martial arts training - as David Arlov, an ex-KGB agent drawn back into the world of espionage. Mamedov is directed and filmed by fellow student Paul Stamper, whose competence with creative and technical aspects of filmmaking, matches Mamedov’s capable performance.

A local television news program recently aired a trailer from the movie while doing a story on Stamper, Mamedov and “Unknown Film Maker Productions,” their independent film company. And soon, the film will be shown in its entirety at Real Art Ways, one of the country’s most respected contemporary arts organizations, which is no small accomplishment.

Both Stamper and Mamedov were quick to thank their parents for providing them with so much support. “My dad bought me a Blu-Ray DVD burner, 100 regular DVDs, and 100 cases,” noted Stamper. “And when we were filming on location, my mom would bring food for all the actors.”

Mamedov was equally grateful. “My parents bought me a camera and were there with anything that I needed,” he said.

When asked what the future holds, Stamper noted that he will be directing, shooting and editing another movie that Mamedov and a friend are writing. He also wants to go to either Massachusetts College of Art and Design or the University of Hartford to study filmmaking and cinematography. Mamedov, who moved from Turkey to the U.S. just five years ago, intends to go right into acting, having already received offers of roles from within the Turkish-American community.

“Never Forgetful” will be shown at Real Art Ways Cinema, 56 Arbor St., in Hartford, on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Admission is free, with donations much appreciated.

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