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November 12, 2012

[VIDEO UPDATE] Local film has strong Kenmore West ties

Editor's note: The trailer for "Give and Take" was released recently. The film is set to premier July 29.

About nine years ago, Town of Tonawanda actor Bonnie Jean Taylor recalls, she and fellow classmate Mel Ende at Kenmore West High School envisioned what it would be like to make movies together someday. 

Taylor was interested in acting and Ende was more interested in what went on behind the camera.

Fast forward about a decade and Taylor and Ende found themselves working on the same movie — “Give and Take” — currently being filmed in locations throughout Western New York, including the City of Tonawanda. Taylor plays the lead role of Ellie, and Ende co-owns ND Studios, which is providing lighting and technical work for the production.

The actress said she was surprised to run into Ende at one of the first scenes they shot. 

“She was in my math class and I remembered how we used to talk about how when we were grown up she was going to make movies and I was going to star in them,” Taylor said with a laugh, pointing out that they weren’t at all paying attention to the math lesson.

Ende said Taylor was practically in tears the day on set when she recalled their dream as teenagers.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I remember.’ It’s pretty great that the studio’s been able to work with her finally,” Ende said.

The two just wrapped up shooting on the film “Give and Take,” written and produced by another Kenmore West graduate, Gail Golden. She said a handful of the cast and crew all hail from the school; some were brought on board because of that connection, with others it was just happenstance.

When everyone realized just how many were involved — at least six — “we all started squealing,” Golden said.

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