The Pretenders

Release Date: 2000


Matt Morillo


Matt Morillo


Jonathan Sale

Beth Lynn Kelly

Thomas J. Pilutik

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The Pretenders was chosen as the Best First Feature at the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) 2000.

The program guide had this to say about the film: “The Pretenders is the story of Charles and Annie, an estranged brother and sister who never considered that life lessons could actually come from each other. Charles, the responsible one, stayed home to manage the family restaurant when his parents retired to Las Vegas. His older sister, Annie, on the other hand, got married right out of high school and left town, escaping the local family legacy. One summer weekend will force Charles and Annie to face the things they dislike about each other, and ultimately dislike about themselves. Writer/director Matt Morillo is a Hicksville native. The movie was filmed in Hicksville, Massapequa and in Long Beach.”

Locations of L.I. Shoots:

Hicksville and Massapequa

Long Beach (aerial view)

Of Interest:

In addition to receiving the Best First Feature award at LIIFE 2000, The Pretenders was also an Official Seclection at both the Stony Brook Film Festival (2001) and the New York Independent Film & Video Festival.

The filmmaker “…made an auspicious debut at the young age of twenty-three with his romantic comedy The Pretenders. With a cast of unknowns and a non-existent budget, Matt crafted an enjoyable, funny and ultimately touching film about a group of twenty-somethings struggling with life’s ups and downs. ~ from KADM Productions