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October 22, 2013

Director seeks to bring more movies to area

Otsego County film commission in the works

Filming for the upcoming independent film “The Automatic Hate” may have finished in Otsego County, but if co-producer Garrett P. Fennelly has his way, it won’t be the last new movie to be shot in the area.

“I’m trying to make a connection between the state, the counties, the schools, to try to gear the area up for a little more film production,” said Fennelly who, spurred by his experience working on “The Automatic Hate,” has begun the work of setting up a film commission for Otsego County.

Fennelly has started compiling a list of local vendors, locations, crew and resources to assist filmmakers who want to work in the area. His film commission would help provide an infrastructure to facilitate filmmaking in the county.

“It’s just going to take a little bit of legwork that I’m already doing,” said Fennelly, who expects the process to take between one and two years.

To this end he’s reached out to SUNY Oneonta, whose students helped out on “The Automatic Hate” shoot.

Fennelly is searching for people to assist in this effort, and those who wish to offer their support can email him at

When asked if he was looking to work on another movie in the area, Fennelly said, “Hundred percent, without a doubt.”

Fenelly has a production company, Act Zero Films, and he says that he’s been looking at a number of projects with Otsego County in mind.

Fennelly has longtime ties to the area.

After he was born, his parents bought a house in Mount Vision. Fennelly grew up in the Bronx, but he and his family spent a lot of time at their Mount Vision residence, which his parents still own.

“I spent my childhood; summers, Christmases, any holidays in the area,” said Fennelly.

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