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Locust Pt. filmmaker helms Sandy doc

Bronx Times

Locust Point’s master of horror is tackling an even sinister monster – Mother Nature.

Jerry Landi, fresh off his release of “Krackoon” and the upcoming sequel “Bloodmarsh Krackoon,” will helm a documentary chronicling the devastating impact that storms like Superstorm Sandy left on the Bronx enclave, prone to heavy flooding after major storms.

“This storm woke a lot of people up,” said Landi, a gregarious lifelong Locust Pointer who enjoys “talking” with his hands.

He’s now scouting for neighbors to share their experiences about Sandy and other life-changing storms, such as 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, which condemned 40 homes. Sandy was just as bad as Hurricane Andrew. The small-town neighborhood, a Zone-A territory overlooking Long Island Sound, was batted by Sandy’s record-breaking surge that flooded homes, eroded beachfronts and knocked out the much-revered Locust Point Civic Association building, the nexus of community involvement.

“When I went into the house, and saw it, I cried,” said Landi, working inside his editing lab, a small bungalow nestled in his backyard.

It’s a sort of man cave complete with Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees action figures. An autographed picture of Landi with legendary horror filmmaker Roger Corman hangs prominently in his tiny office.

Landi has other photos detailing Locust Point’s brush with storms, including a sepia-colored picture featuring the former LPCA house smacked in the middle of a frightening deluge during the 1948 storm.

The photo, belonging to a longtime Locust Point local, will be one of many images incorporated into the documentary. Neighbors will also provide storm videos, along with actual accounts, which will be used as part of the film’s narrative.

“I want it to be the voice of the people who lived through it,” said Landi, convinced Sandy’s power was a product of global warming. “The storms that have hit in the country have never been seen before.”

Landi’s latest project will also work as a time capsule for Locust Point, featuring the nabe’s brush with violent storms. Landi’s philanthropic efforts were instilled by his father, Jerry Landi Sr., president of LPCA a few years back.

“My dad always said…’if you’re going to stay in a neighborhood, become part of the neighborhood to help make it better,’” said Landi, who followed in his dad’s footsteps, becoming LPCA president until his film career picked up.

Landi said he plans to showcase the documentary at large venues to help raise money to rebuild LPCA. His project is part of a larger effort by LPCA to raise funds for the clubhouse, which is also working on a comedy night event.

To take part in the Landi documentary email landijerry@yahoo.com.

David Cruz can be reach via e-mail at DCruz@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 742-3383

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