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HWS Alums Light up New York’s Silver Screens

Feature film to open in NYC and The Hamptons

“If I Didn't Care, a Hitchcockian film noir/thriller helmed by HWS alumni, goes into theatrical release on Aug. 3 in New York City and The Hamptons. The feature-length movie, written and directed by Ben ’91 and Orson Cummings ’92, marks an important milestone for the up-and-coming filmmaking talents who are turning heads among independent film lovers.

A popular favorite at the 2006 Hamptons International Film Festival, the “neat and nasty little gem received a glowing review from Newsday and a warm reception from festival audiences. The cast includes Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider (“The French Connection and “Jaws), Bill Sage, Susie Misner, Noelle Beck, and Ronald Guttman (“Hunt for Red October).

“We loved our experience at the Colleges – we felt that we had the freedom to learn how to learn, says Orson, who with brother Ben remembers putting together their first script as students, sitting on the roof of 593 S. Main St. “And HWS has a tight-knit community in New York City, something which really helped us make this film.

“If I Didn’t Care centers on one character’s ill-fated attempt to produce an heir and his dark spiral into infidelity and murder. The film was shot entirely on location in New York City and the Hamptons, where the Cummings brothers made every effort to capture the picturesque setting and local culture.

“We have always been fans of film noir, films that in the Cold War were a Hollywood standard, where none of the characters could be described as heroic and everyone's motives were suspect, says Ben, “From Billy Wilder's ‘Double Indemnity’ to the Coen's ‘Fargo,’ we love them.

More information, including show times, cast photos and a theatrical trailer, can be found on the film’s Web site: ifididntcare