Movie screening to benefit local parishes

Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School will host a Nov. 7 screen­ing of the movie A Rose on Ninth Street, with pro­ceeds be­ne­fit­ing the school and five loc­al par­ishes.

Joseph Rug­giero wrote the screen­play and is the co-pro­du­cer. He’s the founder and re­tired long­time CEO of the Self Help Move­ment drug and al­co­hol treat­ment fa­cil­ity in Somer­ton.

The movie was filmed in Bris­tol Bor­ough and Rug­giero’s nat­ive South Phil­adelphia. It cen­ters on Bob O’Con­nor, who is sent by his crime boss to kill the boss’ en­emy, but in­stead falls in love with the en­emy’s daugh­ter. The drama heats up when O’Con­nor’s boss sends oth­ers to com­plete the job.

The movie, based on a book writ­ten by Rug­giero, is a mix of crime, drama and ro­mance.

“We think it’s a good film,” he said. “The movie is about love and sac­ri­fice. There is such a thing as for­give­ness, re­demp­tion and trans­form­a­tion.”

The movie had a test screen­ing in June at the Bris­tol River­side Theatre. Earli­er this month, it was shown at Neu­mann-Gor­etti High School in South Philly and Con­well-Egan High School in Fair­less Hills.

“We’ve got­ten good feed­back,” said dir­ect­or Dwight Wilkins. “It’s sus­pense­ful and cap­tiv­at­ing, and the cine­ma­to­graphy is very good. We want to send it off to film fest­ivals. Hope­fully, it will get screened and re­viewed and ul­ti­mately picked up by a dis­trib­ut­or.”

“We may luck out. We’ll see,” said Rug­giero, who re­tired from Self Help in 2010. “The re­sponses have been great.”

Tick­ets for next week’s screen­ing at Ry­an, loc­ated at 11201 Academy Road, cost $20, with half the fee go­ing to the school and par­ti­cip­at­ing par­ishes.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the door or in ad­vance at Our Lady of Cal­vary (11024 Knights Road, 215-637-7515); Christ the King (3252 Chester­field Road, 215-632-1144); St. Chris­toph­er (13301 Proc­tor Road, 215-673-5177); St. An­selm (12670 Dunks Ferry Road, 215-637-3525); and Holy In­no­cents (1337 E. Hunt­ing Park Ave., 215-743-2600).

The movie starts at 7 p.m.

To view a movie trail­er, go to joseph­frug­ For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it aros­eon­ or the Face­book page A Rose on Ninth Street. ••

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