O’Keefe Starring in ‘The Sunny Side’ at this year’s SFF

John O’Keefe was never involved in movies until the Jennifer Lopez film Parker shot some critical scenes at The Ringling in Sarasota. Now the actor has become a regular presence in Southwest Florida’s growing film community. Need proof? Check out The Sunny Side, a short film screening in this year’s Sarasoota Film Festival line-up.

The short, produced by Orensis Films and directed by Trishul Thejasvi, gave O’Keefe a chance to employ his acting chops to full effect. “Trishul just approached me a film social event, and said he was working on a film that could be shot over a weekend,” O’Keefe recalls. “When I read the script, I absolutely latched onto it and knew I had to be a part of it.” The shoot ended up taking around 10 months, but it was worth it, O’Keefe said.

The 10-minute film follows the boy set on a wall on a sort of Humpty Dumpty retelling sure to excite local film enthusiasts.

The Sunny Side will screen with the Shorts 9: SRQ Shorts program on Thursday, April 16, at 6pm and again Saturday, April 18 at 2:30pm at the Regal Hollywood 20.

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