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First We Take Brooklyn

By Danny A. Abeckaser, co-written by Jon Carlo

A Q&A with Jon Carlo and friends will follow the screening

The 2018 crime thriller starring Abeckaser, AnnaLynne McCord, Harvey Keitel, Charlotte McKinney, Edoardo Ballerini and Kathrine Narducci, brings grit and drama to the big screen in a feature film showcasing the dark life faced by the lead character upon return to his hometown of Brooklyn, following an intense Israeli prison stint.

Mikky Levy is serving a life sentence in one of Israel's toughest prisons and never thought he'd ever see the light of day. But when he's released early on a technicality, Mikki moves to New York hoping for a fresh start. Living with his uncle in a Brooklyn, the harsh reality of life as an ex-con sets in and he gets dragged into a brutal turf war with the Russian mob forcing him to revisit his dark past and the survival skills he learned in prison. Mikki aggressively ascends the ranks of the underworld, but his tenacious drive may be the cause of his demise.

Former coastal resident Carlo, known to locals having directed and acted in several theater productions, "Our Town" at the Gualala Arts Center in 2010, and "Fiction" at Arena Theater in 2012, will attend the screening and hopes to bring a few of his costars with him for a Q&A following the movie.

"First We Take Brooklyn" is Carlo's first feature film as a writer and a first for director Abeckaser, who co-wrote the script with Carlo.

"I came up to Gualala from LA back in May 2010 to do a play at the Art Center," Carlo said. "I've been up the coast before, thanks to my friendship with the whole Trinks Family, however never for a prolonged period." But after the play wrapped, "I just kinda stayed for the next four years," he said.

Born in Oakland, California, Carlo graduated from San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and had his first role in the film "Unflinching Triumph: The Philip Rockhammer Story" (2007). He is also known for his role as Richard in the popular NBC show "Parks and Recreation" (2009) and the feature film "Empty" (2011).

First We Take Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 27
7 p.m.

$10 donation at the door