Watch our virtual Q&A about the movie

Watch our virtual Q&A moderated by Sundance winning director Alexandre Rockwell and hosted by Director Michael Canzoniero, Editor Michael Berenbaum and cast members Juliette Bennett, Steven Randazzo, Craig Geraghty, Dwayne Hill, and supermodel Kira Dikhytar.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Pain is temporary. Film is forever. 

Synopsis: A has-been character actor attempts to complete a movie honoring his deceased wife, when divine intervention leads him to a free-spirited actress who might just be his perfect leading lady.

Genre: Comedy, drama 

Language: English

 

Runtime: 87 minutes 20 seconds

 

Country of production: USA 

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CAST

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STEVEN RANDAZZO

as Nick Fazzio

Steven Randazzo is an actor, known for Ali (2001), Find Me Guilty (2006) and Trees Lounge (1996). He has appeared in four films directed by Woody AllenHusbands and Wives (1992), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Celebrity (1998).

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CRAIG GERAGHTY

as Mike Powers

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, Craig Geraghty got his start in the entertainment field doing stand up comedy throughout New York City. 
Craig has made several television appearances, including recurring roles on Ray Donovan, Iron Fist and The Deuce.

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DWAYNE HILL

as Mr. Smith

Dwayne Hill is an Emmy Award nominated voice over performer, accomplished actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is a 2009 Gemini Award winner for best voice in the Best Ensemble category for his work in Atomic Betty. He has also lent his voice to over 1,000 television commercials, including spots for Bud Light, Toyota and General Electric.

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NATALIE KNEPP

as Natalie Papp

Natalie Knepp is an Actress, Voice Over Artist, Writer & Harpist living and working in NYC. She has guest-starred and recurred on numerous National Television shows including Orange is the New BlackThe Good WifeCSI: Miami,  Gossip Girl ... She has worked on numerous Feature Films including the film adaptation of the hit musical The Last Five Years.

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JULIETTE BENNETT

as Samantha Vanderputten

Juliette Bennett is an award winning actress. Her films include both comedy (Smothered by Mothers, Don Peyote, The Couple) and drama (The Nth Ward, As Good As Dead, The Other Woman)   Juliette performed in the comedic play by Jenny Lyn Bader, Guru of Touch at the virtual 2020 Edinburgh Festival.

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DAN FOGLER

as Tony Guest

Dan Fogler is most known for his role of Jacob Kolwalski in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald. Fogler starred as Randy Daytona in 2007's Balls Of Fury for Focus Features and had roles in Good Luck Chuck, Fanboys and In Like Flynn.

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KIRA DIKHTYAR

as Oksana

Kira Dikhtyar is an international top model, actress and former rhythmic gymnast who was born in 1989 in Moscow, Russia. In 2016 Kira stars in a new reality show Model moms along with her friend, model/actress Eugenia Kuzmina. The two were inspired by the legendary Ari Emanuel who gave his advice to produce this show.

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TIMOTHY ''SPEED'' LEVITCH

as Slim

Timothy "Speed" Levitch is an American actor, tour guide, poet, speaker, philosopher, author and voice actor. The name "Speed" was given to him by a childhood friend in high school. Levitch has appeared in multiple films and has had his poetic and philosophical works published in books and periodicals.

 

CREW

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MICHAEL CANZONIERO

Director, writer, producer

Michael Canzoniero is an award-winning director, producer, and cinematographer who has worked in a range of mediums. His first narrative feature Wedding Bros (which he co-wrote and directed) premiered at the SXSW Film Festival ‘09 and his follow-up feature Don Peyote had a 30-city theatrical release. 

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MAURICIO VASQUEZ

Director of photography

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile. Producer and Director of Photography with over 20 years of experience. Mauricio received a New York Emmy nomination for his work as a cinematographer on the Emmy Award TV documentary series Road To MSG “Motley Crue” in 2009.

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    FRANCESCO ROS

    Producer

    Francesco Ros was born in Lugano. He graduated in scenography from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as a set designer for experimental theater and as a photographer. He currently teaches Visual Education and Plastic Arts at secondary schools in Switzerland.

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    MICHAEL BERENBAUM

    Writer, editor

    Michael Berenbaum is an Emmy and ACE award-winning editor whose feature work includes the Netflix film In the Shadow of the Moon, both Sex and the City movies, Hollywoodland and the upcoming Jennifer Lopez film, Marry Me.

    He has worked with such directors as Joel and Ethan Coen, Jim Mickle, John Turturro, Al Pacino, Julian Schnabel and Martin Scorsese.

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    ERIC V. HACHIKIAN

    Music Composer

    Eric V. Hachikian is an Armenian-American composer whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “lovely and original.”

     

    A classically trained musician and perpetual researcher of world music.

     

    PRESS

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    BROADWAY WORLD

    MCM CREATIVE today announced that Making the Day, a heartwarming comedy, will have its premiere at the 2021 Cinequest Film Festival. (www.cinequest.org) The virtual edition of the festival is from March 20 to March 30th and you can buy tickets...

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    WOMAN HIT

    Российские актеры и модели продолжают завоевывать Голливуд. Так, Киру Дихтяр (колумнистку WomanHit.ru) можно увидеть на больших американских экранах. В прокат вышел фильм с ее участием...

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    FILMS TO SEE OR NOT

    Co-Writer/Producer/Director Michael Canzoniero’s comedy Making The Day is a dazzling romp on the harrowing process of raising money for the production of an independent movie. Steven Randazzo plays Nick, a character actor from the ‘80s/’90s...

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    LOCKED DOWN CINEMA

    One of the unexpected (honest...) consequences of starting this blog is that I've been contacted by various productions requesting reviews of films that have yet to be released, though I suspect recent tinkering with Google Analytics for...

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    MOVIE REVIEWS 101

    Making the Day starts as we meet Nick Fazio (Randazzo) who along with his son Tommy (Randazzo) visiting the grave of their wife and mother, as Nick continues to battle to get his script turned into a movie. The financial side of the script is ...

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    PAGE SIX

    THAT Michael Canzoniero's new indie movie, ''Making the Day'', starring Juliette Bennett and Kira Dikhtyar, will be on the festival circuit... THAT the Lower Eastside Girls Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary at May 20 gala honoring ...

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    IN MY OPINION FLICKS

    Making the Day is a positive, light-hearted, uplifting film about making a film. I guess you could call it — film-ception. I’ll take the synopsis of the film straight from the movie website because they said it best: “A has-been character actor attempts to ...

     

    REVIEWS

    Making The Day is delightful!

    A joy ride!

    - Gregory Nava

    Writer (Frida, Selena, El Norte, My Family, Bordertown) and director (Selena, El Norte, My Family, Bordertown, Why Do Fools Fall In Love).  

    I thought the film was terrific, very funny, heartwarming, and in some instances, all too true. The cast was wonderful, especially Juliette, and it's well-directed.

    - Frank Marshall

    Producer (Indiana Jones, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Signs, Jason Bourne, Jurassic World) and Co-Founder, Amblin Entertainment and Kennedy/Marshall Company.

    Making the day is original. It deserves the best kind of attention!

    - Brian Cox

    Actor (Succession, X2, X-Men United, Troy, Adaptation, Her,

    Medici, Red...)