Chestnut Hill Local: Philadelphia Fringe Film 'Dostoyevsky Man' Filmed at Arcadia University

September 13, 2012

Chestnut Hill Local featured Adjunct Professor Larry Loebell and the debut of his first film Dostoyevsky Man on Arcadia University's MainStage as part of the 2012 Philly Fringe Festival. The film was partially filmed at Arcadia University's Glenside campus.

“I originally thought we would fake it — make it look like [the main character] was filming on his iPhone,” Loebell says of carrying out the film’s concept while actually shooting with a high-end digital camera. But as the start of filming approached — on a shoestring budget of $600 — he realized that his own iPhone was the right tool for the piece, both aesthetically and to prove the modern accessibility of the art of filmmaking.

“It’s the movie which proves that anyone who wants to make a movie can make one. And that was part of my point,” Loebell says. “Part of what I wanted was to take these low-end tools and make something watchable and interesting.”

Loebell and Reichgott wrapped up two months of filming in June. Arcadia University’s library, hallways, classrooms and dining hall provided most of the film’s settings, and the scenes from Findlay’s own apartment were shot on a set constructed in Loebell’s own home, much to the chagrin of his dogs, who had to make room.

After many years and many incarnations of his “Dostoyevsky” script, Loebell is looking forward to sharing the story, however nerve-racking a premiere can be. “This felt to me like the perfect Fringe movie,” he says. “I don’t think anybody has seen anything quite like it.”

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