Massachusetts-based independent filmmaker Jennifer Potts announces that 13-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald of South Yarmouth, Mass., will be playing the role of Kim Blinkstop, Cecily Blinkstop’s older sister, in Potts’ short film, The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop, scheduled to film in Central Massachusetts in July 2017.
Patricia is a versatile young actress. She has had numerous roles in short films, including Home (Jennifer Potts), Lilly (Zenn/Wahlberg), The Whistler (Peter Rosati), Nothing Deadly (Elizabeth Brodsky), and Nana’s Last Supper (Rebecca Ellis). She has also participated in a TV series, The Folklorist (Andrew Eldridge), and a web series, Boston Play Cafe (Patti Cassidy). Patricia’s theatre credits include The Bottom of the Sky (Cape Repertory Theatre) and Room of Tears (Boston Playwright’s Platform). Patricia has trained in New York, Boston and Providence and has studied privately with Maura Hanlon and Anastasia Barnes. Patricia is an avid dancer and singer and enjoys horseback riding in her free time.
Patricia will be joined by eight-year-old Colbi Gannett of Waterboro, Maine, in the role of Cecily Blinkstop; six-year-old Molly McCarthy of South Easton, Mass., in the role of Amanda Jane, Cecily’s magical friend; and six-year-old Emmett Gannett of Waterboro, Maine, in the role of Barney Blinkstop. In addition, Ava Gaudet of Providence, R.I., will play the role of Helen Blinkstop, Cecily’s mother. Ava played the role of Maureen in both the National Tour and Broadway companies of RENT and had a memorable recurring role on the ABC series Ugly Betty as the scheming neighbor, Gina Gambarro. Other TV credits include NCIS, Private Practice, Franklin & Bash, The Exes, Mike & Molly, and Love Bites. Will Bouvier of Shirley, Mass., will play the role of Kevin Blinkstop, Cecily’s father. Will is best known for his role in Black Rock (Katie Aselton/Duplass Bros.) and can be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film, Untitled Detroit Project, which is currently in post-production. Will also had lead roles in Potts’ previous two short films, Home and Charlie & Poppy.
Jennifer Potts wrote the feature film The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop in 2014 and won the Grand Prize in the New England Spotlight category for the 2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival. Set in 1974 rural New England, this enchanting story moves through the days of Cecily, a seven-year-old girl who, after the death of her baby sister, lives in a world with no music, no color, no laughter, no love—that is, until a magical imaginary friend shows up and joins Cecily on the quest to save her family from the grief that is destroying them. Based on the first 15 pages of the feature film script, this short film will be produced as a proof of concept for the feature film. In addition to enlisting at least 80 percent of her cast and crew from the New England region, Potts is also committed to building a crew with at least 50 percent women.
Find The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop at www.cecilyblinkstop.com, Facebook page Cecilyblinkstop, and Twitter handle @cecilyblinkstop.
Jennifer Potts is a Massachusetts-based screenwriter and film director. She is living proof that life does not need to slow down when you get to the middle. After graduating from Drew University in 1992 with a BA in Theatre Arts, she co-founded and ran Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, Mass., where she oversaw a small non-equity theatre company and directed multiple productions every year. In 2012, at age 41, Potts returned to school to study film/video production at Fitchburg State University, where she wrote and directed two short films and was awarded 2014 Film Student of the Year. In July 2016, Potts received an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from New Hampshire Institute of Art. Potts’ most recent short film Charlie & Poppy was selected to screen at 15 film festivals around the world and won two “best of” awards. Potts resides in Fitchburg, Mass., with her husband of 27 years and has five grown children. www.jenniferpotts.com