May 21, 2018
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Movie shot in Lewiston premiering in LA

The Associated Press

LEWISTON, Maine — A low-budget movie shot in Maine two years ago is getting a better run than writer-director Allen Cognata had expected.

“The Putt Putt Syndrome,” which was shot in a Lewiston supermarket and Winthrop during 18 mostly rain-soaked days in June 2009, is set to premiere Friday night in Los Angeles. Then, in September, the dark comedy is to be released on DVD.

The film is about a man who watches a friend’s marriage dissolve.

Cognata tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston that the movie’s planned run exceeds even his own expectations, which he says were “realistic.” Cognata also wrote the small-but-acclaimed 2002 feature “Ghetto Dog.”

Cognata says he and his partners have signed a deal with Cinema Epoch, which releases low-budget art house and genre movies.

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