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Filmmaker Got His Start at Local TV Station

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marco Ricci spent his college summers filming local board meetings for Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Television. Tuesday, he got to watch his latest film, "The Reconstruction of Asa Carter," premiere at the IFC Center in Manhattan.Ricci moved to Larchmont when he was 16. To compliment his film and video studies at Northwestern University, he found a job with LMC-TV, where, he said, it was a great success just to get through a municipal meeting without any hitches.

"Marco showed great creativity as an independent filmmaker," said Erik Lewis, executive director of LMC-TV.

After graduating college in 1993, Ricci took on a more active role at LMC-TV as coordinator of Studio Two. All the while, he was working on independent projects, including his short film, "Pishadoo," which was well received on the festival circuit and was purchased by Canal Plus Europe, Sundance Channel, Atom Films and United Airlines. Nearly 20 years later, the bow hunting enthusiast's latest film will make its world premiere at the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival and its television premiere this spring. While Ricci said it has taken a lot of work to get to this point, his only job Tuesday was to enjoy the moment."You're in a room for so long and there are so few moments where you can take it in," said Ricci, who answered audience questions with producers Douglas Newman, Laura Browder and Michael Fix. Ricci's film profiles a man known as both Asa (Ace) Carter and Forrest Carter. One persona is a vocal and violence-inciting white supremacist and Klansman in 1950s and 1960s Alabama, while the other is a soft-spoken Native American bestselling author."The film looks at his journey from one to the other, and the idea of how somebody can be two different things and fool everybody so convincingly," he said. "It's a very hard-to-understand character because everybody only knew a certain part of him, or what he wanted to show them. I don't think there was ever anybody who could truly unwrap the mystery of who he was."The 60-minute film was screened as part of the Stranger Than Fiction Doc Series at the IFC Theater. Thom Powers, artistic director of the weekly series, said he was immediately struck by the film."It really struck me as fitting the title of our series, ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’" Power said. "Within minutes of watching this film, I was totally drawn in by this history. Who doesn't love a good fraud? In recent years we've seen our share of unmasked literary hoaxers. Those all feel pretty small-time compared to the story you're going to see in the ‘Reconstruction of Asa Carter.’”

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