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Film Premiere: Donnée by RJ LaRussa

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RJ LaRussa and Sephrina Martinez-Hall in Donnée
by Dylan Healy – Contributing Editor

CT filmmaker RJ LaRussa has just announced the official premiere of his latest film Donnée, a fictional narrative portraying the Connecticut DIY music scene through the telling of a failed relationship between former bandmates (played by Sephrina Martinez-Hall and Paolo Celentano). The premiere will take place on Friday, November 9th in Hartford. Event page and more details here.

The 23-minute film was filmed at a bunch of venues recognizable to any DIY dweller and features a wildly impressive soundtrack including Hovel, Jelani Sei, The Planet YouCheemBat House, Queen Moo, and more.

LaRussa comments on his work: “Set against Connecticut’s DIY music scene, Donnée weaves fiction and documentary through surrealism into a ‘melodoc’ about punk music, breakups, self perception, and cigarettes”.

Check out Jelani Sei’s music video for “Samsung”, shot by RJ LaRussa.