Brevard County filmmaker Bob Caso made a film here and now it's going to be shown on the big screen at Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP)! That's right, the theater will be hosting several films in its 28th year with its Aladdin Theatre Film Series. It all starts with a fundraiser screening for "In Between Days," the first feature film written and produced by Caso, who lives beachside, on Satursday, Aug. 19.
The public is welcome to purchase tickets and watch "In Between Days," with proceeds benefiting CVP and going to help with the film's post-production costs — getting it closer to distribution. It will be the first locally made film to be shown at CVP.
“As a filmmaker, it’s my goal to continue to write and produce top quality films in Florida about Florida, so I am so excited to not only help this wonderful iconic theater in my home of Brevard, but tickled to be a part of history," Caso said. "I need our community to join together to help make these great films come to life, so I hope to see local supporters at this great event."
The film was already a hit with local audiences, selling out the largest theater at the Premiere Theaters Oaks 10 in Melbourne during last year’s Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF). Brevard residents will recognize familiar locations like Squid Lips, CVP and our beaches, plus local talent mixed in with the starring actors.
“In Between Days” was filmed entirely in Central Florida and stars “Felicity’s” Amy Jo Johnson, “Boy Meets World’s” William Russ and up-and-coming talent Lilli Passero, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.” It is a coming-of-age story about a 40-year-old best-selling author having a midlife crisis who returns to his hometown in search of youth in the form of looking for his first car to buy it back. It draws a parallel to “Florida boy” Caso — which is how he proudly refers to himself — who returned to his Central Florida roots five years ago after working professionally for 25 years in the Hollywood film and television industry.
“Coming back home to Florida has fueled my writing, and I will continue film making here despite Florida’s lack of state TV and film tax incentives," Caso said.
The screening is at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. More information and tickets are available at www.CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com. Basic admission is $15, but there are VIP packages and the option to make a donation to the fundraiser, even if you cannot attend.
Caso's second feature feature film screenplay, “The Shelter,” recently received two major acceptances into the Action On Film Fest and Hollywood Dreams Film Festival in Las Vegas. He grew up in Melbourne, and was a graduate of Eau Gallie High School. He performed for years on stage, worked as a Disney character for five years, mostly playing Peter Pan, before earning his BFA from Florida State University and then moving to Los Angeles, Calif. for a career in film. He has acted in 15 films, six television shows/made-for-TV movies plus many national TV commercials. He had a starring role in HBO’s “The Naked Truth” and booked recurring roles in Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”