Area residents Patrick Monaghan and Kaylin Iannone co-star in a newly released film, “The Suitor.” The film, a short by award-winning director Michael Boylan, premiered April 8 at the A.J. Dillon Gallery of Art in Atlantic Highlands.
The film takes place in an old Victorian home where Laurie (Kaylin Iannone) resides and is preparing a dinner for her first date with Ben (Patrick Monaghan). Some hilarious scenes ensue, as the spirit of Laurie’s recently deceased father (played by Brandon Allentoff) does his best to scare off the suitor Ben. The film was shot last fall on location in Atlantic Highlands.
Director Boylan spotted Kaylin in the film “Soulless” and saw Patrick in a “Little Shakespeare” production at Two River Theater. According to Mr. Boylan, he was thoroughly impressed with both performers and was looking for a vehicle to bring them together. He then developed a concept and consulted with writer Michael Strippoli, who wrote the screenplay.
Patrick Monaghan is a senior at Red Bank Regional, where he has appeared in school productions of “The Little Mermaid” (Prince Eric), “Tartuffe” (Valere), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Benedick), and “Amadeus” (Salieri). He won a Basie Award for his performance in “Much Ado About Nothing.” He appeared in “Lives of Reason” (Jimmy) for a six-week run at the Two River Theater that concluded in February. Most recently, he was onstage for the Bradley Beach Arts Council in “The Glass Menagerie.” Director Boylan said of him, “Patrick is a natural actor. He is the master of using the exact facial expressions and reactions to what is happening in the scene.”
Kaylin Iannone caught the acting bug five years ago when she landed a role in an episode titled “Totem” of the television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Her resume includes appearances in films including “The Legend of Zeke” (Ruby Krumbiegel), “The Soulless” (Nicole Peterson), and “Black Wake” (Ashley). Director Boylan said of her, “Kaylin is great actress. Her smile goes on and on! She took direction very well, going from being cheery to more somber that the role entailed.” Kaylin is a sophomore at Middletown High School South.
Director Boylan plans to screen “The Suitor” in coming months at film festivals scheduled on both coasts. His work has been recognized at various festivals. He won the Audience Choice Award at Filming Fest for “10 Second Time Machine,” the Jury Award for “Brotherly Love” at FilmOneFest, the Audience Award for “The Radio” at the Astoria International Film Festival in Astoria, Oregon, and earlier this year, won first place in the FilmOneFest 24 Hour Film Slam for “Where’d Ya Go Boy.” For more information on “The Suitor” and other films directed by Mr. Boylan, visit www.pennantcollective.com.
By Les Pierce