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Comedians begin shooting comedy film in Sackets Harbor Thursday (VIDEO)


SACKETS HARBOR — Dave’s dog is dead, and after a few drinks with his buddy John, they concoct a scheme to have their revenge against the person responsible.

The revenge plan is at the center of the new dark comedy “A Dog’s Life,” which began filming at the Lake Ontario Playhouse Thursday.

“We all do the talking while we’re drunk about what we would’ve done and what we would do, well these guys are drunk enough to actually do it,” said comedian Mark A. Riccadonna, who plays Dave. “They go too far.”

The role of John is played by comedian John T. Salmon.

The idea to make a movie at the club, on West Main Street, and in the village was kicked around for years between Mr. Riccadonna, who had performed at the playhouse for about a decade, and Michael R. Kinnie, who owns the space.

In addition to the bar, the crew will film in the club’s alleyway, and at the village home of Mr. Kinnie’s mother.

“This whole area feels like being on a movie set,” Mr. Riccadonna said.

Filling out the crew are comedian Angela P. Cobb, who in addition to playing Dave’s wife Helen held up a microphone during filming, and cinematographer Jim Gallagher.

The final challenge was getting everyone together in the village at the same time.

“We finally nailed down the right date,” said Mr. Kinnie, who also served as one of the film’s writers and directors. He said it had been about five years since the last film project, a “mockumentary,” was shot at the playhouse.

On Thursday, the crew worked around some first-day issues, memorizing lines and framing shots, along with the inaccuracy of Mr. Kinnie on the pool table for the opening of the introductory shot. Mr. Riccadonna admitted to being a little less prepared than he would’ve liked, as he missed some of the planning for the film following the recent death of his grandfather, who he said followed his career closely.

However, the filming slowly picked up steam in the afternoon as participants worked through their scenes. Mr. Riccadonna said the film was very funny and that audiences would be able to relate to the movie’s characters.

Filming will take place through the weekend. When finished, the 20-minute film is expected to be sent to multiple national film festivals.

The cast of the film will perform special comedy shows at 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the playhouse. More information about the shows can be found at

Behind-the-scenes video of the production can be seen at

“A Dog’s Life” films in Sackets Harbor
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