Sebastian and James Fanizza charm - Paul Bellini - MyGaytoronto
Sebastian and James Fanizza charm 02 February 2018.
James Fanizza is an actor, who made his debut in a commercial for NBC/Universal. He was in the Toronto-shot remake of Carrie, and on the TV series Twelve Monkeys. But acting only satisfied half of him. He longed to make his own films. "Instead of just being an extra for hire, sitting around waiting for a phone call, I realized you can do your own work." So he started making short films.
His early short, You Are Free, won The Harold Greenberg Fund Short to Feature Award presented by the Inside Out Festival in 2015. Oddly enough, his first feature isn't based on You Are Free, but on another one of his short films, called Sebastian.
It's the story of a guy, in a shitty relationship, who meets a hunk from Argentina. They have a sudden romance, and in the end, the guy is forced to make a choice. None of that is surprising or unfamiliar, but there is a freshness to the movie that is surprising.
Mostly self-financed, Fanizza wore many hats. He wrote it, directed it, produced it, and stars in it. "From start to finish, it took two years." He was lucky to find some excellent co-stars, like Alex House. "Within 30 seconds of his audition tape, I knew he was Sebastian." He also splurged on Katya Zamolodchikova, the drag queen famous from Ru-Paul's Drag Race whose very presence makes the film much more desirable to distributors.
I enjoyed the acting, particularly a difficult speech about a past affair that took a tragic turn. And James looks good with his shirt off. "I did do some extra push-ups closer to the shoot date," he admitted. Like I said, a filmmaker has to wear many hats. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Sebastian is a well-made, romantic gay movie that doesn't fail to charm.
SEBASTIAN will be released February 6th on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, WolfeOnDemand.com, and many major retailers.