Larry Chornoboy has taken a new road in life.
Following a career in human resources, the retired Niakwa Park resident has become a movie producer.
Chornoboy is one of the executive producers of an independent film titled Road to the Lemon Grove, which will be previewed at a number of Cineplex theatres across Canada later this month, including the Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg. It will open on Fri., Aug. 30.
The film is directed by Dale Hildebrand, and co-written by Hildebrand and Charly Chiarelli, who is also in the movie along with Burt Young, Nick Mancuso, Rossella Brescia, Lorenna McKennitt (as the voice of God), and Tomaso Sanelli.
According to a news release, Road to the Lemon Grove is "about immigration; it’s about fathers and sons; it’s about love; it’s about reconciliation; and it’s funny." Described as a heartwarming comedic picture, it focuses on an old world Italian father trying to negotiate his way into heaven, who to go back and repair his relationship with his reluctant son and get him to reunite their feuding family.
It’s fitting that family is at the centre of the movie, as Chornoboy became involved with the project because Hildebrand is the brother of his wife, Eleanor, who is an associate producer of the film. Chornoboy said Hildebrand, who hails from southern Manitoba and is married to an Italian woman, has had a long career as a film director and cinematographer, and it’s been Hildebrand’s dream to take on a personal project like this.
At first, Chornoboy was a "passive investor" and he eventually became more hands-on with the project when a previous executive producer dropped out.
"It’s a feelgood movie based in an Italian community, although it could be any community, really," Chornoboy told The Lance recently.
"It’s a story of immigration, culture, the importance of family, and the love between father and son. Italians are very big on ensuring their culture is maintained, such as their language, their food and their wine."
Chornoboy said the independent movie has great support in Winnipeg, and he’s hoping it will turn out to be a success for Hildebrand.
"At the core of it is the fact that my wife and I want Dale to succeed with this. To write and direct a picture like this a dream for a filmmaker."
Chornoboy said said the external shots were filmed on location in Sicily, while the indoor scenes were shot in Manitoba.
Go online at www.roadtothelemongrove.com for more information.
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