Friday, April 24, 2009


Poughkeepsie Weekly Beat: "Recently a cast and crew from THE SIMON STUDIO wrapped shooting on JIMMY'S CAFE, a 30 minute movie filmed on location at Alex's Restaurant in downtown Poughkeepsie. The project reflects an emerging trend in filmmaking. Signs suggest that the Hudson Valley may be ripe for such a development. Roger Hendricks Simon, who stars as Jimmy and recently starred in the critically acclaimed feature film THE SUBLET, says JIMMY"S CAFE is intended as a half hour pilot for a possible television series about getting your life together and finding love in middle age. "There's a certain audience that's middle aged in TV that's been ignored a lot," he said. "For our cast and crew we have been able to draw on the community...rather than just bring the New York City people in and let local folks be an audience. Hopefully that's how you integrate into a community and develop it." Dan Simon, the director of JIMMY'S CAFE, has just finished directing another new film LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. He said that the prevalence of upstart film festivals, DVDs, and high speed internet connections mean that young filmmakers don't have to pine for for the multiplex. "People don't need to have their films released in theaters," he said. "There are certainly a lot more options for filmmakers...There's always room for good storytelling and good acting, no matter what name markets it." Contact THE SIMON STUDIO in NYC and Poughkeepsie at 212-841-0204/


Jimmy's Cafe premiers at Newport Beach Film Festival

"JIMMY'S CAFE" - a new short film produced at Alex's Restaurant in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. by THE SIMON STUDIO - has been selected for this year's prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, Ca. The festival runs from April 23 - 30, 2009 with "JIMMY'S CAFE" scheduled for a special screening Monday, April 27 at 4:15 pm. The film was directed by Daniel Simon and written by Jude Albert. It was produced by Roger and Daniel Hendricks Simon for THE SIMON STUDIO - currently in its 30th. award winning year as a production and training center in NYC and Poughkeepsie. "JIMMY'S CAFE" is the poignant story of middle aged small towners and their bittersweet struggle for romance. The cast features Roger Hendricks Simon, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Joseph Capone and Kathleen Crampton. Others in the cast include Michael Morano, Janet Capel, Brett Owen, Marie Albert, Yanira Cruz, Cherryl Curtis, Doug Nobiletti, Michael Quinn, Franc Palaia, Gloria Robbins, Ron Robbins, Linda Roper & Frank Traver. Original musical score by Don Brewer and Stefani Rose. Crew members included Darryl Bielski, Win Nichols, Mike O'Neill and &Raj Sirohi. And our team included Alex's Restaurant c/o Mike Pertesis and Jim Pertesis. The film was recently selected for screenings at the Drama Book Shop's Arthur Seelen Theatre in N.Y.C. and for Poughkeepsie's Alexander Hamilton Exhibit. At the Newport Beach Film Festival it will be featured as part of the 6th. annual YALE IN CINEMA program, as both Roger H. Simon and Joseph. Capone are Yale School of Drama graduates.

Iris is not only the best waitress in town, she’s the village matchmaker. Ed and Miriam are middle-aged customers who play glancing games, but are too shy to break the ice. Iris wants to remedy the situation, but her recent irreverent behavior has upset the cafĂ©’s owner, Jimmy. Tension rises and disruption ensues when Jimmy threatens to let Iris go.

Premier Screening:
4:15 PM Mon, Apr 27
Newport Beach Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Jude Albert
Dan Simon
Roger Hendricks Simon
Dan Brewer
Stefanie Rose
Dan Simon
Dan Simon
music director
Don Brewer
Stefanie Rose
Joseph Capone
Kathleen Crampton
Lora Lee Ecobelli
Roger Hendricks Simon