By Tommy Barvick
Young filmmaker and high school senior Lorenzo Rugiero is working in his next film entitled The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb. Asa Minter, helped with filming and sound. This will be finished and released through Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on May 15th, 2016.
The plot of The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb, according to Director Rugiero, is, “A couple of high school underachievers set out to rob a teacher’s pet when they discover that he’s selling illegal substances.“
The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb will feature Rugiero in a lead role, along with Minter as a supporting actor.
Rugiero and Minter have been working together for much of their teenage lives on movies and other projects. Films such as The Witness, a tale depicting a humorous and dark side of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Far Gone, another dark, yet humorous tale, in the vain of Fargo, won over crowds at the Arlington Teen Film Festival in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
“I’ve always found the concept of mugging very bizarre and kind of fascinating. At a high school level, depending where you grow up and who you hang out with, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. I have friends, high schoolers, who have been “jumped” by their classmates for things as ridiculous as sneakers and articles of clothing. I, for one, could never see myself doing this to another kid no matter how desperate I was for money or clothing accessories. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could ever do it successfully. I thought it would be interesting to make a film (comedy) about two otherwise good kids who decide to commit such an act, merely to see if they’re actually capable of doing it and getting it right. This was my inspiration for the film,” says Rugiero.
The film will be debuting on May 15th at the ICA in Boston. The film runs approximately 15 minutes, and the screening is free to the public This is not a movie to miss, as Rugiero and crew never fail to impress with their dark humor on the screen.