Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll! – receives great review


Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll!   – a short film directed, shot, and edited by James DeMello, written by Mike Messier and starring Anna Rizzo as a struggling rock ‘n’ roller and Jessica Rockwood as her cynical girlfriend has just been released. The four minute piece aims to showcase all those involved as cast and crew. Check out the whole film right here on the link above!

Anna Rizzo as Robbie
Jessica Rockwood as Roseanne

“The entirety of this short was filmed in a single day. Given the impeccable professionalism radiating from every technical avenue on-screen this is especially incredible. Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll! is a riveting experience. It proves how much a group of incredibly talented individuals can accomplish in a small time span. I greatly anticipate the sight of what future marvels this gifted team has in store.”

Read the full review @ awordofdreams.wordpress.com.

Director James Russell DeMello
Director James Russell DeMello

James  DeMello’s work as Director of Captive, Cemetery Stone and Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll! are quickly building his resume as one of the top “go to” film Artists in New England. A founding member of Rhode Island South Filmmakers Group, Mr. DeMello has also contributed significantly to the organization’s Sloth and Thanksgiving short films. James is recognized as a key collaborator and champion of many New England filmmakers and their projects.

Director’s Statement

A time sensitive experiment, Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll!  was written with the excitement of the unknown in mind…Let the breathtaking Anna Rizzo and Jessica Rockwood take you on the adventure that is Hail! Hail!

Screenwriter Mike Messier’s statement

My friend James had an idea to make a short film using my writing that would help get attention to my work. He asked me for a short screenplay that would be easy enough to shoot on a limited budget. James then put the call out to his team who came together for a day long shoot and I am extremely honored and pleased with the results.


Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer/ Editor: James Russell DeMello
Writer/ Associate Producer: Mike Messier
Cast: Anna Rizzo & Jessica Rockwood
Script Supervisor: Ashley Paolino
Hair and Make Up: Kaitlyn Ciampa
Production Assistant: Michael Angelo Vivieros
Music: Artist: sun@ndmun Label: Hip Hop Star Inc. Track: Mr. Suitcase


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