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The Fence



For Arty Cooper, the unthinkable has happened. He has lost his only son in the Iraq War.

While he grieves and tries to heal, a refugee Iraqi family has moved in next door, dredging up his anger and prejudice. He reacts by shunning them and then begins to build a fence around his property, blocking them out… and his emotions in.

When his neighbor’s young daughter goes missing, the community is shaken. Arty is suspected and finally confronts his pain and fear only to find that his healing and salvation comes from a most unexpected source.



The script for “The Fence” was written in January thru March of 2009 and has undergone approximately 6 drafts. Shooting of the film took 12 days in early October, 2010. All of the principal photography took place on the Connecticut Shoreline in the towns of Old Lyme, Ledyard, Madison and Westbrook.

The cast and crew were assembled from around the world (UK and U.S.) and also included members from local Connecticut Shoreline communities including fire and police departments. Importantly, we were helped by the Iraq Veterans of the 144th Army (CT) Reserve who gave willingly of their time, experience, hearts and souls to help deliver an authentic film experience.




Jimmy Driscoll

With a long list of production work, Jimmy has had the opportunity to work in such films as “Carlito’s Way” (with AL Pacino), “A Night In The City” (with Robert De Niro) and “A Stranger Among Us” (with Melanie Griffith) and in commercials, live broadcasts and TV series. As an actor, Jimmy has performed in independent films and on the History Channel, “National Treasure 2″, “Law and Order” and “The Bronx is Burning”. Jimmy also recently directed “Wonderful Pistachios”, “Mad Professor”, and “A Step in the Wrong Direction”.


Michelle Pawlina

Michelle has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” in a documentary feature for the Discovery Channel entitled “Dead Man Talking: Marilyn Monroe” where she played Marilyn, and in over 50 regional and national television commercials. Her most recent film was as a principal in the independent short “Hannah’s Ride.” Michelle has also performed on stage in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina and Florida. Her favorite roles include Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, Louise in Always, Patsy Cline, and Lt. Cdr. JoAnn Galloway in A Few Good Men.


J Paul Nicholas

Paul can currently be seen as Attorney Linden Delroy on “Law & Order: SVU”. Paul has also appeared in “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. He also recently played the lead in the indie feature, “Triptosane” (expected to be released in late 2010). In 2009 he was spotted at Cannes Film Festival’s Short Corner in the romantic fantasy “The Silent Nick & Nora”. Before that he played in the Indie short film, “Trigger Effect” which made its way around the 2007 film festival circuit. Paul has also performed on stage in New York, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Seattle, and Alabama. He has an MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.


Lou Martini

Best known for his Role as Anthony Infante in the “Sopranos”, Lou has also appeared in “Law and Order”, “Rescue Me”, “As the World Turns”, “Damages” and as “Lou the doorman” in the “Gastineau Girls”. Lou is one of the busiest men in film today.




Anja Lee

Anja’s recent film projects include an Indie Feature called Honeysuckle released in 2010. She has been appearing as Nurse Terry on “As the World Turns” and as a recurring co-host on the QVC Network. Other credits include: “One Life to Live”, “All My Children”, and various Indie films, commercials, industrials and voice-overs. This past spring, Anja played Cordelia in King Lear, alongside Tony award winner Trezana Beverley, at the National Black Theater. Her favorite roles include Margaret in “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Cleveland Public Theater, the Witch in “Love at Stake” at New Jersey Repertory Theater, Brut and Bev in “I Came Here to be Insulted” at NYU’s First Look Theater. This Fall, Anja will be appearing in a new play called “Brothers from the Bottom” at the Billie Holiday Theater in New York.


John Wenc

Jon graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and while attending school played soccer and involved himself with the theater. Shortly after graduating, he was in an auto accident in which he lost his left leg. Despite this trial, Jon continued to train as an actor and attended Eugene O’Neill’s National Theater Institute where he trained for two years with private coach John Lehne at The Victory Theater in Burbank, California in affiliation with The Julliard School. He also attended The British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. He has been part of a number of local theatrical productions and holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from The University of New Haven. He currently teaches first grade in New London, CT, and resides in Waterford with his wife and three children.


Amanda Caress

A young actress and model, Amanda has appeared in many publications and articles, most notably in New York Magazine. She is an extremely talented young actress and capable singer and dancer. Amanda has a bright future ahead of her on the silver screen.



The Veterans of the 144th CT ARMY RESERVE

As the Director Jimmy Driscoll is fond of saying “The Fence is the authentic and believable film it is, because I didn’t have to hire actors as my soldiers… I had the real thing”.

The contribution of the guys of the 144th cannot be easily overstated. These men did more than “play the part”. They contributed their hearts and souls to the story in a way that brought inspiration to mere actors.