THE VILLAGE VOICE reviews Nakled As We Came!

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In depth feature on Naked As We Came

“The realism that he captures from his actors is definitely something that stands out in LeMay’s work.”

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New York Times reviews Naked As We Came

“A lovely surprise of a film.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

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HUFFINGTON POST review/feature on Naked As We Came

“Richard LeMay’s stunning new film about love loss and the delicacy of family ties.” – THE HUFFINGTON POST

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Hollywood Reporter reviews Naked As We Came

“A thoughtful, sensitive exploration of strained family dynamics.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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DAILY NEWS reviews Naked As We Came

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Comcast interview – Naked As We Came

Comcast interview with Director Richard LeMay and cast Ryan Vigilant, Ben Weaver & Lue McWilliams. Watch HERE

Naked As We Came in THE ADVOCATE for the Top 10 Entertainment Highlights!

NAKED AS WE CAME is mentioned as one of the Top 10 entertainment highlights this week in THE ADVOCATE!

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Huffington Post reviews NAKED AS WE CAME!

“… thanks to the potent combination of Vitaly Bokser’s sumptuous cinematography, the original musical score by Adonis Tsilimparis, Richard LeMay’s angry script, and his sensitive direction of an extremely tight ensemble, the film shines with an unexpected candor.”

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Miami 5 Must See Films!, Miami New Times

Miami New Times covers the 5 must see films of the Miami GL Film Festival. Read the article HERE

Review of “Naked As We Came”, Black Sheep Reviews

‎”Naked As We Came is quite good… the emotion is quite palpable and effective, proving LeMay’s strength with character and story.”

-Black Sheep Reviews

“Lincoln House Serves as Set for Movie Shoot”, Peter Costa

By Peter Costa/Staff Writer
GateHouse News Service
Posted Oct 28, 2010 @ 09:27 AM
Last update Nov 03, 2010 @ 10:51 AM

Movie producer Nia Hatsopoulos not only proves you can go home again but you can also film it.

Hatsopoulos, who grew up in Lincoln, is using her parents’ home on Woodcock Lane as the primary setting for shooting the film, “Naked As We Came In.”

“One of the main characters of the film, Lily, is obsessed with gardens and plants and my parents’ house is covered in plants,” she said.

Behind the modern house are two multistory greenhouses built with enough glass to challenge the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles in its prime.

“Perhaps I’m biased, but in my eyes, Lincoln is one of the most charming towns in New England. The efforts the town has made in terms of land preservation and environmental preservation are remarkable and it takes very little movie magic to capture the beauty of the area. The land makes an ideal backdrop for a lower budget, story-driven independent film like ‘Naked As We Came In,’” she said.

Hatsopoulos said neighbors proved to be truly neighborly.

“We had about 25 people here in Lincoln every day. It was a really special experience. We worked 12-hour days. We had local residents bringing food for us, donating tablecloths, bedding and artwork. The Council on Aging gave us a wheel chair. It was a cool family-driven work environment,” she said.

“I studied at Boston College and was the first girl in the film program. It was a tiny program back then. It was mostly film theory and history. I did an honors thesis there. After college I was dying to get involved in film but there wasn’t anything for me to do.

“So I ended up working in a financial advisory firm in Waltham. Eventually, I found work in film in the Bahamas,” she said.

“I graduated in 2002 when there were few productions here. Now there are millions,” she said. The main reason the productions are coming here is the tax incentives. Essentially, if your film budget is over $50,000 and you are shooting in the state of Massachusetts, you can get a 25 percent tax credit,” she said.

“That support from the state combined with the historic buildings and landscape is a perfect combination.”

Lead actor Ryan Vigilant grew up in Westford and finds returning a bit “unreal.”

“I came home a week prior to filming and it was as if I wasn’t even home. I was so immersed in the character and the work. There were a few times driving around the local spots, the old school, I did have a revelation and wondered, ‘Where has my life gone?’” Vigilant said and laughed.

When he was a student at Westford Academy, he did not participate in theatre..

“The most I ever did in theatre at Westford Academy is that, during my senior year, I would sneak into the theatre during the day and just play hooky and hang out with friends in the theatre. That was my stage experience for high school,” he said.

“Mike Towers [Director of Theatre Arts] is a fantastic guy and he tried to push me into that direction but I never scratched that itch in high school.”

“This is my first lead in a feature film and it seems weird to let the character go. I never experienced that drastic change from constant work to constant nothing,” Vigilant said.

Hatsopoulos said the film is about a mother who grew up in a dysfunctional household. She was married to a man who started a huge laundry company and was very successful. The mother barely paid any attention to her children, a boy and a girl. She was having affairs with the gardeners and was an alcoholic. The kids moved to New York for college. The dad dies and the kids take over the laundry business. Ten years later they get a phone call from a strange man who is staying at their mother’s home. He informs them that their mother is dying of cancer.

“So the two kids come to Lincoln and find their mother who looks horrible. The story evolves at this house, the mother’s house as they deal with relationship issues,” she said.

Like the good producer she is, Hatsopoulos would not reveal the ending.

Richard LeMay, who is originally from Leominster, wrote and directed the movie.

The house on Woodcock Lane features an open, modern layout with floor-to-ceiling glass creating a boundary-less Zen-like, one-with-nature experience. There is an atrium with an indoor pool as well as a waterfall just as you enter the foyer.

“We had to turn the heat pumps in the pool off as well as the waterfall,” she said. “Then it was wonderfully quiet.”

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“Hollywood In Our Neighborhood”, Shannon Miller

Feature film shoot wraps in Lincoln.

By Shannon Miller

It was a homecoming, of sorts, on the set ofNaked As We Came In, an independent film that wrapped a two-week shoot in Lincoln on Friday. The producers, the director and the lead actor (among others) either grew up in Massachusetts, went to college here, or both.

The film was shot almost entirely at the childhood home of Nia Hatsopoulos, one of the film’s producers, who was also one of the first women in the film program at Boston College. “It’s surreal,” she says. “It’s been crazy to be in my parents’ house, back in my old bedroom.”

The mostly New York-based crew and cast, including Westford, Mass. native Ryan Vigilant, have been staying in rental houses in Concord, where they frequented the local salons, bars and restaurants. Debra’s Natural Gourmet in West Concord was also a favorite stop.

The low-budget production has kept a low profile‚ for the most part. “We’re clearly from out of town,” says Vigilant. “When we first got here some of us were walking around in all black and kind of tight jeans. Two older women were giving us the double look.”

The handsome 27-year-old model-turned-actor recently landed a recurring role on the popular CW television show “Gossip Girl”. In Naked As We Came In, Vigilant plays a lead role as one of two siblings‚ a brother and sister in their mid-20s‚ who return to their hometown when their eccentric, green-thumbed mother becomes terminally ill and gets involved with a mysterious, younger man.

Vigilant went to Endicott College before moving to Manhattan to start his career, and says he’s enjoyed being back in his home state for the shoot but laments that he hasn’t had much time to catch up with his family.

Director Richard LeMay says his brother brought props for the shoot, and locals have been very supportive, stopping by with meals for the crew and lots of encouragement.

LeMay grew up in Leominster but he now lives in New York City and says it’s been a treat to come home in the fall. “New England is gorgeous, and I miss that,” LeMay says. “Everywhere you look there’s something beautiful. The crew has been joking that I need to come up with some new adjectives.”

The company behind the film, Streetwise Pictures, plans to shoot more feature films in Massachusetts in the coming years. Producer Kim Jackson, who studied at Simmons College and made her first film in Boston, agrees that the autumn scenery here is a big draw (in addition to the state’s film tax credits).

“This time of the year is my favorite,” Jackson says. “To have the opportunity to capture the beauty of the season on film is something special.”

Actors rehearse a scene on the set of the independent film “Naked As We Came In”. (From left to right: actor Ryan Vigiliant, actor Karmine Alers, actor Sturgis Adams, director Richard LeMay) Katherine Castro

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