Antonio Saillant to Direct THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Filmmaker Antonio Saillant and former Northern Valley Regional HIGH SCHOOL Principal; Fred Hessler, Assistant Superintendent for Business at Northern Valley Regional High School; Raymond Jacobus and Alumni Attorney, Steven Bruman of Houston, Texas met on location in early April of 2012 to begin the coordination for the production of "The Golden Knights", a major motion to picture to be filmed in Bergen County, New Jersey.
It is anticipated that this significant project will involve the local student body, teachers, staff, and alumni from the Northern Valley Regional HIGH SCHOOL District.
Northern Valley Regional HIGH SCHOOL will serve as the main filming location for "The Golden Knights," which is set for production in New Jersey sometime in 2016.
The film, "The Golden Knights" is based on the incredible 30 year old true story of the leadership and dedication of a young HIGH SCHOOL football team under the direction of a head coach who is determined to end a twenty-five game losing streak and change the spirit of a small Northern New Jersey hometown.
This inspirational movie will be produced by Angel Light Pictures. The President of Angel Light Pictures is Antonio Saillant who's brother was part of the original team. In a meeting at the Northern Valley Regional High School, Mr. Saillant stated " I am very proud to have been a part of the Golden Knights Football Team at one time, and I have a very strong motivational story to tell".
Also part of the meeting at the school was Fred Hessler, who was also one of the original football coaches some thirty years ago. Mr. Hessler stated "Even the idea of making The Golden Knights movie here at the Northern Valley Regional HIGH SCHOOL has created "a buzz" of excitement among students and teachers. We welcome the involvement of our community in this inspirational story of achievement".
Also working on this project is former Old Tappan resident and original team member, Steven "Bubba" Bruman, now a practicing Attorney in Houston, Texas, who stated "As the original right offensive tackle of the depicted team, I'm excited about the important message that The Golden Knights movie brings to the big screen. I am also honored to be asked by Angel Light Pictures to participate in the ongoing legal negotiations with the board of education on the upcoming feature film".
Now that Fred Hessler has since retired Mr. Bruman will be contacting and arranging a meeting with filmmaker Antonio Saillant and the new principal of NVOT, Bruce R. Sabatini about moving forward with the project.
The film was first in development back in 2012 and was put on hold because Gov. Christie ended the tax and film credits in the state of New Jersey which actually took many films and television shows back to New York like the top NBC police drama 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.'
Back in April, The NY Post stated, [While New Jersey is a popular setting for many movies and TV shows - like HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," set in Atlantic City, and the Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" - most are not actually filmed there.
The HBO show is filmed in Brooklyn and "Silver Linings" was shot across the Delaware River in neighboring Pennsylvania, which has capped its film tax credit at $60 million a year.]
Saillant has high hopes that by the time the film starts production that the NJ Film & Television tax credit will be reinstated. Regardless Saillant will move forward with the film. [Films that are about NJ, Stays in NJ].
Recently, the state Senate Appropriations committee has just unanimously passed an expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $400 million. The expansion will also or sure see the end of the current lottery system that determines who gets the incentives.
Over the years Antonio Saillant has worked on other film projects and learned the nuts and bolts of filmmaking from his close friend and mentor Director/Producer, TED Kotcheff. Kotcheff was the director of "First Blood", "North Dallas Forty", and "Weekend at Bernie's" to name a few. Winner of the Directors Guild of Canada's Lifetime Achievement Award. Executive producer behind Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Auteur behind the critically acclaimed WAKE IN FRIGHT and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
"The Golden Knights," where Saillant will create and implement environmentally sound practices. Bring future films that will represent the best that green living has to offer in order to better our environment not only in the State of New Jersey but the world.
Saillant's company, Angel Light Pictures Entertainment Group has a vision and PASSION to creating energy efficiency in movies and television. As one of the most outspoken "green" professionals in New York City and Hollywood, Saillant is very proactive in the area of energy conservation and in helping television and movie industry colleagues push their initiatives forward with green outcomes, production and results. In his career, he has previously saved energy and dollars across industries for hospital systems and universities (Columbia and NYU), pharmaceuticals and major businesses in New York City and New Jersey, including Radio City Music Hall, the old Yankee Stadium, The Hebrew Home of the Age and The Jewish Home Lifecare in New York. In THE PAST decade, Saillant combined his knowledge of the energy business with the entertainment industry in hope of contributing to a green planet.
Saillant has known Ron Kamen since they both worked as project engineers for the World Bank in DC in the 1990's and terms him one of his mentors.
Kamen has been a leader in the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy since the 1980s. His knowledge of the field, coupled with his ability to work seamlessly across sectors, has empowered him to create win-win partnerships between commercial clients, suppliers, utilities, and regulators. As Chairman of EarthKind Energy since 2007, Ron has been standing alongside leaders in the public and private sectors, ensuring their success as he works to build a collaborative vision for a sustainable to tomorrow.