Sean A Kaufman is a Brooklyn native, Staten Island-raised, New Hampshire-educated theatre actor who worked on such crowd-pleasing productions as Twelve Angry Men at the Northern Stage and Les Misérables at The New London Bam Playhouse stars in his first leading acting role in R&F Entertainment’s 9-Time Award-nominated heartfelt film Maturing Youth gaining him industry attention with his second straight acting nomination for Best Actor alongside in competition with fellow Oscar-nominated nominee Chazz Palminteri at the Brightside Film Festival.
The Multi-Award-Winning producer and Founder/CEO of the R&F Entertainment, Chase Michael Pallante had a chance to catch up with the actor asking him how does it feel to be nominated in the same category with an Oscar-nominated actor, and Sean stated, “It fills me with a sense of pride! And with [the] affirmation that I’m on the right track!”
Sean’s fellow nominee at the festival in the category of Best Actor is Chazz Palminteri in writer/director Nick Vallelonga’s 17-Time Award-Winning film Unorganized Crime. Nick Vallelonga, the Hollywood filmmaker, is also the Oscar-nominated producer for this years 5-Time Academy-Award nominated film Green Book. Chazz Palminteri is an Academy Award nominee for his riveting role in Woody Allen’s 1994 mobster drama motion picture, Bullets Over Broadway, amongst well-known flicks such as Robert DeNiro’s 1993 directoral debut The Bronx Tale, Bryan Signer’s Two-Time Oscar-Winning film The Usual Suspects and Golden Globe and Emmy-Award Winning hit TV shows such as Modern Family, Law & Order, and Blue Bloods. Both actors are nominated in the Best Actor category along with Dan Gregory for Tell Me Something Good, Gregg Prosser for Time’s Up, Lester Greene for Control, and Beavin Lawrence for The Saxophonist.
The exuberant young Aquarian-born thespian plays Roger, an under-achieving, unemployed 30-year-old man child who lives a life void of responsibility and chivalry much like the entitlement of this generation deemed millennials. This exciting and thought-provoking new film revolves around a man who enjoys his freedom of neglecting any obligation except his self-gratifying vices, however, his life is thrown into a whirlwind when his ex-girlfriend, played by the remarkable Two-Time Award-nominated actress Kim Paris, interrupts his life with a surprise Roger is not at all ready nor willing to accept, Junior, his alleged son. Not before long, a tempestuous argument, which quite possibly might be the reason why they both are nominated, erupts between the doomed lovers resulting in a rather quick dysfunctional situation that leaves Roger with the ultimatum to begrudgingly face fatherhood or take the blind eye of denial.
The film forces us to watch the difficult characteristics of what certain individuals we would want to stay away from, or rather never want to become. Being afforded a life of independent means it can be a blessing in some regards, perhaps, but it can also be the definitive test of one’s character and certainly for the co-dependency on life itself with the excuse of entitlement for Roger. If one chooses to use such a situation toward altruistic ends, or at the very least a venture that can provide some personal fulfillment, it says something about who a man is, and that was one part of playing this character Sean stated that he had to find justification to order to play him. On the other hand, if he squanders the opportunity on a totally self-absorbed, shallow existence, there’s not much to conceal about a man’s self-worth and dignity let alone the future for his abandoned son. And the decisions on taking the latter path may provide some interesting moments, it’s a cosmetically created, external bubble that serves no other purpose than covering up an empty life, and sooner or later, that bubble is bound to burst. This dramedy questions the responsibilities of our actions, the sorrow in our happiness, the joy in our pain and the ultimate test of character of becoming what we truly are deep down inside.
Maturing Youth will be making its New Jersey Premiere with the films first ever 25-minute version instead of the 34-minute World Premiere version at the Brightside Film Festival on Sunday, March 3 at 4:00 pm followed by the award ceremony. The festival will be hosted at the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City, NJ. Live interviews will be available to watch on R&F Entertainment Facebook page and on Instagram. Be sure to subscribe to their pages so you can tune in the night of the event.
The Brightside Film Festival is held on March 2 and 3. The 91st Academy Awards air February 24 on ABC in the US and on Sky in the UK.