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Do you know Candy?

Area filmmaker debuts short film shot in Schenectady and Albany counties

Receiving a film script from your father as a birthday present might not be the most conventional gift, but that's exactly how one Albany filmmaker started his recent short film.

Jon Cring, director of Know Candy, has actually had his father, Jonathan Cring, an accomplished writer, pen all of his movie scripts.

The film is premiering at the Duanesburg Area Community Center, in Delanson, on Saturday, April 23, at 3 p.m., and later that day at The Great Room Theater, in Gansevoort, at 7 p.m. It was shot on location throughout the Capital District, and Jon Cring said wanted to bring the film to hometowns of the 50 extras who appear in it.

"This is a chance for a whole bunch of local folks to get to see what they were a part of," said Cring. "I had sort of always been in the arts working with my family in music and theater. I met my wife, and she had film equipment from winning a film festival at 18 years old."

Cring directed "Know Candy," but his wife was the one behind the camera filming it all. Cring has made 13 feature-length films, 15 short films and two television series. "Know Candy" was filmed in three days and was completed in March. An Ohio native, Cring lived in Tennessee for a long time before moving to Albany, which he said was a great idea.

"I had been in the South and made quite a few films there and this was an area of the country I had never explored, so we moved up here, and really it has been the smartest thing we have ever done," said Cring. "As opposed to almost anywhere else I have been in the country, there are associations and people that want to support the independent filmmakers, and it makes things a lot easier."

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