DOBBS FERRY, NY – Dobbs Ferry's Daniel Dambroff makes his feature film debut this spring as he stars in the lead role in the independent production "Brilliant Mistakes."
Dambroff, 26, a lifelong Dobbs Ferry resident, stars as Marcus Wright, a young teacher who struggles to make good on a promise to marry his girlfriend after a car accident leaves her in a permanently vegetative state.
Directed by Paul Brighton, "Brilliant Mistakes" premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2012. It was also screened at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and Dreamland International Film Festival in Connecticut. It will have its North American release April 9.
“Marcus is an all-around good person, raised on foundations of loyalty and honesty," Dambroff said. "I definitely see a bit of my ideal self in him. He's the guy who will always try to do the right thing.”
Dambroff’s journey to his first major film lead began at age 8. He said he was inspired by seeing his father perform onstage in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical "South Pacific."
A 2006 graduate of Dobbs Ferry High, Dambroff majored in psychology at Ithaca College.
Dambroff said he waited for nearly seven hours just to read for the part of Marcus, sitting among hundreds of other hopefuls on a hot July afternoon. Two days after the audition, Brighton called to offer him the role.
“To know that someone believes in you to carry their film is an unprecedented compliment,” Dambroff said. “And for it to culminate in a North American release … I couldn't be more grateful.”
"Brilliant Mistakes" was filmed over a two-month period in Litchfield, Conn., in the fall of 2011.The young actor reflected on his time spent preparing for the film.
"It was intensive, exhausting, but extremely rewarding," he said. "We called it ‘Camp Brilliant.’”
Principal photography concluded toward the end of October 2011 and included scenes shot in Litchfield County's renowned Warner Theatre.
"Brilliant Mistakes" made its festival debut as an official selection at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It was Dambroff's first world premiere and his first time walking the red carpet.
“It was surreal," he said. "I can't put into words what it's like to not only live your dream, but to then have the privilege of sharing it with those you care about most. It was a night I'll never forget.”
For more information about "Brilliant Mistakes," including the trailer, synopsis, and distribution information, visit the film's official website.
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