Movie filmed in Ridgewood, Paramus written, directed by local resident

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RIDGEWOOD — What happens when a 70-year-old meets a lost love who somehow has remained 20? And what wisdom can the 20-year-old offer after 50 years?

Village resident Dana Glazer poses these "love in a time warp" questions in "A Case of Blue," the indie feature he wrote and directed.

The movie, released in October, was shot pre-pandemic in Ridgewood and Paramus with a big assist from area volunteers, relatives and agencies. But the student Oscar winner said he is still struggling to find an audience for his film on streaming platforms amid limited-audience theaters and industry politics.

"Hollywood is always looking for the giant spectacle," said Glazer, who also teachers film at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "If it's small, it's not a good marriage."

The Ridgewood train station is in several scenes of "A Case of Blue" directed by Ridgewood resident Dana Glazer.
The Ridgewood train station is in several scenes of "A Case of Blue" directed by Ridgewood resident Dana Glazer.

Glazer said his script combined his experience of meeting an art class model who resembled someone he had dated in the past with his father's struggles to adjust to retirement.

"I've opted to go for stories that are meaningful to me," Glazer said. "If I'm emotionally hooked into it, it works really well."

His script caught the attention of South Jersey resident and famed producer ("Home Alone," "Mystic Pizza," "Teen Wolf") Scott Rosenfelt, who helped organize funding, post-production and distribution.

"I don't do it very often, but I do it because I believe in the project," Rosenfelt said. "It's a difficult time for indie movies. We don't get the distribution we used to."

The movie was given a boost by awards won at the Chelsea and the Imagine This! Women's International film festivals in New York, where some of the movie takes place.

Filming at Ridgewood Tennis Club for scenes from 'A Case of Blue'
Filming at Ridgewood Tennis Club for scenes from 'A Case of Blue'

Actor Stephen Schnetzer said he was drawn to the role of recent retiree Richard Flicker because he likes projects where he can "carry the ball."

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"My favorite scene is where Amelia (actress Annapurna Sriram) draws my portrait," Schnetzer said. "I am at my most vulnerable, and it is palpable."

Actor Ken Baltin, Glazer's uncle and an Edison High School graduate, provided comic relief as Richard Flicker's wise-cracking co-worker Kenny.

"I've known Dana since he was 12 years old, so he thinks of me as his wingman," Baltin said. "I'm mostly a theater actor, but working on film is different. You have to be much more detail-oriented."

Filming for 'A Case of Blue' included scenes at the carousel in Van Saun Park, Paramus.
Filming for 'A Case of Blue' included scenes at the carousel in Van Saun Park, Paramus.

Actress Rosie Gunther McCooe, Glazer's friend from the Ridgewood Arts Council, had a small part as grandparent Annie at the end of the film shot near the Van Saun Park carousel in Paramus. She was also an associate producer.

"I helped secure the house location on South Irving," McCooe said. "We recruited a lot of unpaid actors, family and friends. We also got a lot of stuff donated by local stores. Dana had a clear vision of what he wanted. He was great to work with."

Kathryn Schmidt's South Irving home was used for the exterior shots, but the interiors required more space and were shot down the street.

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"I have a small party-planning business and started out offering craft services, snacks and drinks for the cast and crew," Schmidt said. "But Dana saw my house and said it could work. The house is definitely a character in the movie."

Because filming was done outside her house, Schmidt said, "they didn't have to do a lot" to make it film-worthy.

"They filmed night and day, even at a fountain in our backyard," Schmidt said.

Mahwah resident Suzanne Curry said she enjoyed her "second career" as co-producer of the film. She is also an extra in the retirement party scene.

"My job was publicity, packaging and marketing," Curry said. "But people are not going to theaters, so it's hard to recoup costs."

Curry said the new film museum in Fort Lee where the industry began demonstrates that the state is "in the forefront of the film."

"New Jersey is the place to be," Curry said.

"A Case of Blue" is available for rent or purchase on Amazon, iTunes and streaming platforms such as Apple TV, Google Play, Xbox, VUDU, iN Deman Movies, Vubiquity, and Dish. It's also available at

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