Shelton resident’s feature film to premiere

A Shelton resident will appear in a film to be shown at a charity movie screening next week. Joan Flannery acts and is the director of the film, “The Inheritance.”

People can see Flannery on the big screen during the premiere showing of “The Inheritance” on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. at the Strand Theater, 165 Main St., Seymour. Doors open at 8.

Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the Seymour Food Bank. People also can bring canned goods donations. A refreshment stand will be open during the event.

The short films “Picnic Perfect” and “Common Ground,” also directed by Flannery, will be shown first. “The Inheritance” will follow at 8:30. The feature film is 76 minutes long.

Flannery is a 7th grade science teacher at Rogers International School in Stamford. She also is an elected member of the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission.

She thanked the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission for assistance with the film premiere at the Strand.

Based on book by famous novelist

“The Inheritance” is set in 1812 and is a family drama/comedy based on a book by Louisa May Alcott, the 19th-century novelist best known for writing “Little Women.”

This film features Alison Flannery, Joan’s daughter, who is a Spanish and French teacher at Newtown High School.

“The Inheritance” has other actors as well, including students from Rogers International School in Stamford and members of GOALD (Greater Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities).

Here is a link to the movie’s trailer:

The production company

The movie was made by ChrisAl Productions, an independent film company formed in 2005 and based in Connecticut. The company’s name comes from the first names of Joan Flannery’s children, Christine and Alison.

One of ChrisAl Productions’ films, “Beautiful Dancer” (2005), won a Bronze Plus Award in the 2006 IAC British International Film Competition. It also was shown at the 2006 Short Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Other films made by ChrisAl Productions include:

— “Miss Mannerly’s Summer Holiday” (premiered 2009)

— “Snowman Richard” (premiered 2009)

— “A Vampire in Their Midst” (premiered 2008)

— “Mrs. Magix’s Magic Cats” (premiered 2008)

— “A Blue Heart” (2007)

— “Tears for a Soldier” (2006)

— “What Goes Around” (2006)

— “Picnic Perfect” (2006)

— “Star Struck” (2006)

Here is a link to ChrisAl Productions:

About Joan Flannery

Joan Flannery received her educational technology degree from Fairfield University in 2005, with an emphasis on video production. She has taught science and technology in the Stamford public schools, where she has overseen after-school student clubs focusing on acting, LEGO tech, chess, paper puppets, photography, baseball, organic gardening, cake decorating, and Odyssey of the Mind.

Flannery is the director for ChrisAl Productions. From directing neighborhood plays on her street as a child, she went on to direct school plays in Stamford elementary schools. To date, Joan has directed more than a dozen shorts and three feature-length films.

About her daughters

Alison (”Babs”) Flannery is the founder of ChrisAl Productions. She also is the producer, writer, editor, and a lead actress for the films. Acting since age 4, Alison has received a degree in theater from the University of Connecticut and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. She has acted professionally on both the East and West coasts.

Christine Flannery is the cinematographer for ChrisAl Productions. She also serves as an assistant director. Christine graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in sociology and anthropology.