Arkville girl lands vampire movie role
By Brian Sweeney
A four-year-old Arkville girl has been selected to perform in a key scene of the vampire movie “Stake Land” that is being filmed locally. Angelique Biasutto, a student at the Arkville Head Start program, was selected for the role after a chance meeting with movie personnel.
Angelique’s father, Dominique, was recently approached by movie officials about providing his “monster” truck for use in the film. He agreed and during conversation with the movie folks, Dominique mentioned that he had a four-year-old daughter.
The movie representatives said there was an opening for such a role and asked if Dominique would be interested in having his daughter audition. Father and daughter both agreed. After meeting Angelique, the casting team decided she would be perfect for the role.
So, this week, Angelique will be starting her movie career, filming two different scenes. In one pivotal sequence, the young actress will dance with Nick Damici, the movie’s vampire slayer.
Angelique said she’s excited to take part in the movie.
In an odd twist of fate, Angelique’s grandfather, Jean-Paul Biasutto said he met several people who asked if his granddaughter would be interested in appearing in TV commercials. The details of this potential project are being explored.
In the meantime, Angelique has her first movie role at hand. A number of other local residents are being utilized for background roles.
“Stake Land” began filming locally several weeks ago and local work will wrap up here in about another week. Much of the upcoming filming will be in Pine Hill.
The movie, set for release next year, stars Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris, Michael Cerveris, Conor Paolo and Mr. Damici.
The movie has been described as “an apocalyptic vampire Western.” The film follows the path of “a brutal, solitary ghoul hunter in a world populated by grungy creatures.”
Larry Fessenden of the production company Glass Eye Pix, is a resident of West Shokan. He told the News that the company is enjoying working locally and everyone has been very cooperative.
“We are thrilled at the hospitality we’ve been shown by the vendors and residents in Margaretville and the neighboring towns. This is the third film we’ve shot in this area and we’re hoping to make a fourth in the dead of winter next year,” stated Mr. Fessenden.
“It is always a pleasure shooting upstate, where there is such a rich variety of locations, from the beautiful natural landscapes to the picturesque towns and then there is some of the more rustic, remote and even run-down views along the way. Perfect for a scary movie with a hopeful end.”
He added, “The weather has been cooperative so far; we’ve had balmy fall days, and we’re even going up to Belleayre to grab a little snow before Thanksgiving. Upstate New York has got it all! Tax incentives too! It’s a great place to make a picture. Great film commision too, very helpful. And when you’re finished with the movie, you can hope to show it in the Woodstock Film Festival. One-stop shopping.”