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Victoria Negri Forges Ahead To Make “Gold Star”

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Feb 052014
 

Film maker Victoria Negri at the Orange Ale House on Oct. 3.

Film maker Victoria Negri at the Orange Ale House on Oct. 3.

In September 2013, Orange Live introduced readers to Victoria Negri, the 25 year old daughter of the late Carmine Negri,  90, whom many residents knew as of the senior runners that participated in the Chilly Chili Run 5K race.

Five months ago Victoria  announced that she is making a semi-autobiographical film based on her relationship with her late WWII veteran father, Carmine, a 40-year Orange resident.
Gold Star is about Vicki, a 25 year old woman, who seeks to uncover her 90 year old father’s long hidden secret, while simultaneously accepting his mortality,” she explained. “It’s an unconventional coming of age story.”
We visited with Vicki and her family at a fundraising event at the Orange Ale House on Oct. 3 that helped raise money for Gold Star.
“I’m very excited about the fundraiser and upcoming film,” she said.  ”We will be shooting in New Haven County at various locations and employing many people in the CT film community.”
Well, Vicki updated us on the progress she’s made since we last met.
Here is her message:
We are inching closer and closer to our shooting start date in May (as long as we can finish fundraising) and are excited to share with you, our subscribers, a special sneak peek at our teaser trailer! The password is my dad’s name: carmine

We also had an extremely successful fundraiser last week in New York at Esperanto Restaurant. Some of you receiving this might have gotten this trailer twice as a thank you for being there! (that means double thank you!!)

Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to continuing to share news as this film becomes a reality!

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18-Year-Old Trumbull Man Wins Chilly Chili Run

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Jan 012014
 

Calvin Park and Matt Klein paced one another throughout the race. then Park shot ahead to win the race.

Calvin Park and Matt Klein paced one another throughout the race. then Park shot ahead to win the race.

I know that the late Carmine Negri, a long-time fan of Orange’s premiere New Year’s Day Road Race, was smiling down on today’s Chilly Chili Run as his 27-year-old daughter Victoria was the first female to cross the finish line at 21:14.92.

For the guys, Calvin Park, 18, of Trumbull led the entire pack at 16:19.15 with a pace of 5:16.

The first Orange resident, Connor Dunleavy, 19, came in third at 17:07, just .29 seconds behind Matt Klein, 19, of Trumbull.

Rounding out the top 5 men were Travis Vooten, 17, of Riverhead, NY and Daniel McCabe, 19, of Orange.

Right behind Negri was Leanne Beedle, 19, of Bethany, at 21:30.86 and behind her by 7 seconds was Annalisa Paltauf, 30, of New Haven.

Rounding out the top 5 women were Nicole Semanchik, 34, of Milford and Chelsea Krombel, 26, of Wallingford.

In the 90 and over group that George “Doc” Whitney made popular, his longtime, friendly rival Bill Tribou, 93, of Granby came in first in his category at 45:56.26, followed by Don Osborne, 92, of Branford at 64:20.15.

Full results can be found on the HI-TEK Racing site at http://edge.raceresults360.com/rr360/race/BcNsGg/#/results::1388602140374

You will find it easy to search for runners by name, bib number or city

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this race. The roads were dry, but the below freezing temps made it less than pleasant for many of you I’m sure.

See more photos on the Orange Live Facebook Page.

Gold Star Film Fundraiser a Success

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Oct 062013
 

Film maker Victoria Negri at the Orange Ale House on Oct. 3.

Film maker Victoria Negri at the Orange Ale House on Oct. 3.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Victoria Negri  hosted a fundraising event at the Orange Ale House to help raise money for her feature film Gold Star, which she will be shooting this winter in New Haven County at various locations.

She plans to employ many people in the CT film community.  Negri’s semi-autobiographical film is based on her relationship with her late WWII veteran father, Carmine, a 40 year Orange resident.
Gold Star is about Vicki, a 25 year old woman, who seeks to uncover her 90 year old father’s long hidden secret, while simultaneously accepting his mortality,” she explained. “It’s an unconventional coming of age story.”
Many residents in Orange knew Carmine Negri for his road racing skill and as a longtime participant in the annual Chilly Chili Run. He was one of the senior runners who, along with George “Doc” Whitney, made it okay for older residents to get up and show what they were capable of.
At the fundraiser, the Ale House was packed and several prizes were raffled off, including a Gold Star movie poster; performer/family friend Ben Levin entertained.
Victoria said the event was a success, raising a couple thousand dollars. She said she is grateful to everyone who came out to support her project.

Fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Thursday For Local Semi-Autobiographical Film

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Oct 032013
 

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 11.49.03 AMMany residents in Orange knew Carmine Negri for his road racing skill and as a longtime participant in the annual Chilly Chili Run. He was one of the senior runners who, along with George “Doc” Whitney, made it okay for older residents to get up and show what they were capable of.
To one young woman, the 90-year-old Negri was simply known as “Dad.” Victoria Negri, 25, is making a semi-autobiographical film based on her relationship with her late WWII veteran father, Carmine, a 40 year Orange resident.
Gold Star is about Vicki, a 25 year old woman, who seeks to uncover her 90 year old father’s long hidden secret, while simultaneously accepting his mortality,” she explained. “It’s an unconventional coming of age story.”
Vicki is hosting a fundraiser event at the Ale House on Thursday October 3 from 6-9 PM to help raise money for her feature film Gold Star. Admission is $15 and includes food and happy hour priced drinks. There will be raffle prizes (including the chance to win a walk on role!). Also, there will be a performance by guitarist Ben Levin.
“I’m very excited about the fundraiser and upcoming film to shoot this winter,” she said.  “We will be shooting in New Haven County at various locations and employing many people in the CT film community.”
Originally Published on: Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:08 p.m. 
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