YONKERS, N. Y – A Yonkers man and silver screen veteran is celebrating the release of his newest film.
Sal Rendino stars in the multi-award winning thriller “A Dangerous Place," which was released Tuesday on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes.
Produced by Corrado Schoner Films, the movie is based on a pharmaceutical executive, played by Kristen Dalton, who discovers her company is intentionally poisoning people with a new strain of anthrax in order to profit from the antidote.
In the film, Rendino plays Greenwood, a pharmaceutical researcher trying to develop that antidote. Rendino said Tuesday he was attracted to the project because the story is well written but also relevant to many in the metro area.
“It’s kind of a local, home-bred New York- and New Jersey-based story right out of 9/11,” he said. “It’s a post-9/11 reaction to things that a lot of people were feeling and the danger that a lot of people felt in public places.”
Critics have given the movie plenty of praise as “A Dangerous Place” has raked in several awards at regional film festivals. Recently, it was given the Audience Award at the Garden State Film Festival, where it broke the 10-year box office record for paid attendance and pre-sales.
“It’s quite exciting,” said producer David Schoner Jr. “It’s something we are very passionate about and invested a lot of time into.”
For Rendino, Tuesday’s release of “A Dangerous Place” adds another movie to an already lengthy resume that began 25 years ago.
While working at a Florida hotel to pay his way through graduate school, Rendino became friends with a movie cast staying in the hotel and moved to Los Angeles to give acting a shot.
Since then, he has appeared in dozens of films and television series, including “ER” and “Frasier.” Rendino, who also works as a bartender at An American Bistro in Tuckahoe, said for him, acting is all about telling a story.
“It’s about opening people’s eyes and educating them and moving them and maybe creating a little conversation and social change,” he said.
“A Dangerous Place” gave him an opportunity to do just that, Rendino said.
“This film is particularly pointed in that arena,” he said. “It really gets the conversation started about how fear is really debilitating and the paralyzing effect of terrorism. How we react to it that makes us who we are.”