A classic film noir approach was taken for "Know Candy," which starts off with the main character Mitchell Conyers, a lawyer, receiving a text message from an unknown number. The messages are cryptic at first, but Conyers gets drawn in as the texts get personal and the story revolves around Candy Marshal.
Shooting the film ironically started to become a jinx, just like the story it was capturing.
"This film is about bad luck and a jinx, and we had that in spades during the production of this film, but we persevered to be able to have a finished film," said Cring.
Two days before shooting was scheduled to begin, Cring said, the lead actress had to drop out due to a back injury. Then he found a new actress, Sarah Ansley, but she had been in the country for only three weeks and her English was a little rough. Cring rescheduled the shoot to begin a week and a half later. Once shooting began, there will were more problems, with a car breaking down during the middle of the set and people getting sick.
"It was a crazy shoot, but it turned out really, really fun," said Cring. "If you care about what you are going to do, it is not going to be easy, but there is going to be a payoff in the end."
Some of the featured locations in the film are the Chuck Wagon Diner in Duanesburg, CM Fox Real Estate in Guilderland and The Appel Inn in Altamont; some scenes were also shot in Schenectady, Princetown and Delanson.
"I was looking for locations that had the quality of looking like they could be anytime," said Cring. "You find a couple of locations and they speak to you and sort of form everything to create a look around it that is pretty much how it happened."
To purchase tickets in advance go to www.extraordinaryfilmproject.com or call 615-715-1578. Admission is $3 per person and tickets can be purchased online for either show in advance with the option to also buy a DVD and ticket combo for $10. The "director's cut," 32-minute full version, will be shown at both screenings, but the DVD includes two shorter versions of the film at 18 and 22 minutes. The shorter versions were made for film festival entry requirements.