An unequivocal no. That is the response from Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi to a film director looking to use Ridgefield as the backdrop of a made-for-TV movie about the Newtown school shooting. Marconi was informed yesterday morning that Jonathan Bucari had surveyed the town and chose Ridgefield for its similar look to Newtown.
He says he would not issue permits to the director. So far Bucari hasn't asked the town for permission.
Bucari says he picked Ridgefield because he didn't want to upset Newtown residents so soon after the killings. His Brewster-based film company says the film focuses on a 13-year-old boy with mental illness and a fear of his parents after the shooting.
Across the country the shootings have triggered tremendous debate. But regardless of if this film is focused on health care or gun control or school security, Marconi says he doesn't want the Ridgefield community to be a party to that.
Ridgefield schools superintendent Deborah Low called timing "poor."