‘Northern Shade,’ an independent film starring Branford Ties, premieres July 7 in New Haven

Northern Shade, an award-winning independent film with scenes shot in Branford by filmmakers who grew up in Branford, will premiere Thursday, July 7 at the Bow Tie Criterion Cinema in New Haven at 8 p.m. This still from the film shows a scene featuring actor Jesse Gavin at Stony Creek Quarry. A dramatic fire scene was also shot in the quarry (see next photo). Image Courtesy Christopher Rucinski

Northern Shade, an award-winning independent film with scenes shot in Branford by filmmakers who grew up in Branford, will premiere Thursday, July 7 at the Bow Tie Criterion Cinema in New Haven at 8 p.m. Two additional screenings are scheduled for Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. p.m. and Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at the cinema, located at 86 Temple St. in New Haven.

After each screening, fans and friends can participate in the live Q&A with Branford-born writer/producer/director Christopher Rucinski and other members of the creative team.

Northern Shade co-producer/military adviser Kyle A. Berg is also a Branford native as well as an Army veteran (Operation Enduring Freedom – War in Afghanistan) whose experiences partly inspired the film, Rucinski said. . Additionally, Northern Shade cinematographer Greg Gill grew up in Branford. Rucinski and Gill are former students of Branford High School’s Class of 2004.

“Director of photography Greg Gill and I have dreamed of making a feature film at our home in Branford for as long as we’ve been making movies,” said Rucinski, who now lives in California. “All the local support we had was amazing. We were able to film at Stony Creek Quarry, Trolley Musuem, Quinnipiac River, ZuWalick Sawmill and many other places in Connecticut that are often overlooked. We can’t wait to premiere in New Havre!”

With the help and guidance of the Branford Fire Department and Stony Creek Vol. Rescue Fire Co. 5, Rucinski filmed a controlled burning of a truck in the quarry, which created a memorable and dramatic scene. Learn about the local places and people involved in filming Northern Shade in this region by Zip06/Sound 2021 interview with Rucinski here

Northern Shade had its East Coast premiere at the RiverRun Film Festival in North Carolina. The film won Best Screenplay at the Phoenix Film Festival in Arizona and Best Feature at the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in California.

Look for the new Northern Shade trailer (coming soon) to post on Instagram @northernshademovie

Bow Tie Criterion Cinema is located at 86 Temple St., New Haven. Tickets for the July 7, 14 and 21 screenings, $10 each, are available for purchase at the theater in advance through VENMO @northernshade. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on show nights, concessions available.

With the help and guidance of the Branford Fire Department and Stony Creek Vol. Rescue Fire Co. 5, this controlled truck burn at Stony Creek Quarry was crafted into a memorable and dramatic scene in “Northern Shade.” Image Courtesy Christopher Rucinski

A movie poster for the July 7 premiere of Northern Shade, screened at the Bow Tie Criterion Cinema in New Haven.Image Courtesy Christopher Rucinski