Perhaps that Ken West connection is what has made the cast and crew the tight-knit family Ende describes it as.
“Everybody cares so much about each other. I know that’s silly to mention, but it’s so important,” Ende said. “This group of people is really dedicated to make this film look good.”
Golden, who is an actor and also appears in the film, wrote the comedy as a loose autobiographical story. Ellie’s life, she said, mimics hers in a handful of ways.
“It’s about a girl, who’s a very giving person who keeps getting used and taken in by other people,” Golden said. “Finally she’s had enough and learns to take care of herself.”
Ellie lives in New York City with her husband, who decides he wants to move back to their hometown in Buffalo.
“It’s about her trying find who she is in Buffalo,” Taylor. “She was really happy and sure of herself in New York City ... she found her niche there. When she came home she was lost.”
When Ellie moves back to Western New York, she finds herself working at a fictional amusement park, Candy Island theme park.
Like Ellie, Golden has spent many years living outside of Buffalo, including 10 years in Orlando where she worked as a variety of characters at different theme parks. Golden described writing the screenplay as very cathartic. She’s also playing the part of another character in the film.
“That was interesting to me because now I’m seeing things from the point of view of another person,” she said.
Because the film is about an actor, much of Buffalo’s theater scene has played a starring role in the film. The production has shot at the Kavinoky Theatre at D’youville College and the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, in addition to a couple stops in the Tonawandas.