(NEW YORK, NY) April 17, 2017
ROK Production announces commencement of principle photography of “Derek is Funny”, the company’s first foray into feature films. This is the story of Derek, who has to stand up for his comedy because he can’t sell out on his dream.
ROK principle, Reid Arnstein, directs the screenplay written by Joe Cocozzello, based on an original idea by Arnstein. The film is being produced by John Andrucci, Lucky Uncle Productions and, stars Duke Williams, in his first starring role as Derek.
Director Arnstein, started as a musician at a young age, then went on to work in studios from Florida to New York. He’s transitioned his skills from the audio/music industry to the world of video. “Content is everything in a millennial world of binging,” Arnstein says. “I create video content-be it an ad campaign, web series, short films, product demo, documentaries, TV-I tell stories.”
Producer Andrucci, began his career in After School Specials at LCA/Highgate Pictures in New York. He then went on to work at DIC Animation, the home of many children’s favorites. In addition to the comedy “Derek is Funny”, his schedule of films includes Tim Driscoll’s “My Father, the Nudist, May he Rest in Peace”, Brandon Zuck’s Punk Noir LGBT feature film “Stay”, two creature feature suspense thrillers, and a slate of animated feature films.
Williams has worked with industry professionals such as Roslyn Ruff & Broadway legend Ben Vereen. One piece of advice that he carries with him that he received from both of them is, “Be persistent; never be deterred from your goal and keep a steady hunger.” This advice has helped Williams navigate the industry.
Film shoot proceeds through April. Post production is schedule from May through August, with delivery to the film’s distributor in September.