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A new movie rooted in Rochester screens at Pittsford Cinema 9 this weekend.

Wildflower airs on the Lifetime Movie Network in June and will show in hundreds of theaters in Latin America soon thereafter.

But you can catch it here first.

“I’m numb. I’m excited for the release to finally be here,” said Nicholas DiBella, of Webster, who wrote, directed and produced the movie that was filmed exclusively in the Rochester region. “It was a four-year process.”

DiBella, the director of King’s Faith, wrote the script for Wildflower, which stars Nathalia Ramos, of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Cody Longo, of ABC’s Nashville drama series, in 2012.

“After King’s Faith, I wanted to make a film that was thriller-esque,” DiBella said.

While writing the film, he was tapped by Bivona Child Advocacy Center, in Rochester, to help them with a public service announcement called “Be Brave,” about child sexual abuse. That experience gave DiBella the inspiration he needed for Wildflower’s plot.

“I learned so much about child sexual abuse working on the PSA for Bivona,” DiBella said. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to weave this topic into my film and shine some light on this important, not often talked about issue.’ ”

The result is a rich, faith-based psychological thriller about the power of the mind and the resiliency of the human spirit.

Ramos plays Chloe, an artistic college student, and Longo plays Josh, a heartbroken young man who helps Chloe solve the mysteries of her own traumatic childhood.

“I connected with my character from the moment I read it,” said Longo in a phone interview from New York. “He had a lot of levels to him. He was in really deep pain and seeking spiritual support.”

Longo, a Colorado native, loved the Rochester area, which he visited for the first time when filming the movie last fall.

“It’s a beautiful place with really nice people,” Longo said. “In between scenes, I’d go fishing on the canal. It was great.”

Much of the movie is set in Rochester’s Erie Canal village of Brockport. Specific locations used for filming were BeBe Mills boutique, Barber’s Grill and Tap Room and The College at Brockport. Chloe’s apartment was a loft above the Nothnagle office on Main Street in Brockport.

Other Monroe County places you may recognize in the film are the village of Spencerport, Parkside Diner in Irondequoit, Unity Hospital and Fairport’s First Baptist Church.

“I’ve always loved the look of the canal and the bridges,” said DiBella, a Greece native, describing why he picked Brockport as the main setting. “The people in the community were so supportive — there was so much buy-in from the community.”

Tamara Barrus, owner of BeBe Mills, enjoyed having the thirty person film crew use her Main Street Brockport boutique as Chloe’s place of business.

“It was a great experience,” Barrus said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the movie on the big screen. I hope it does well and that it brings awareness for those who don’t understand the struggles of mental illness.”

The movie becomes available digitally and on DVD at Walmart and other retailers nationwide beginning April 5. An exact airdate on the Lifetime Movie Network is not set, but will be sometime in early June.

The movie will be shown in about 200 theaters in Latin America, but DiBella’s main focus for distributing it in the U.S. is via non-theatrical means.

“I’m really excited to see how many lives it could touch,” DiBella said.

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If you go:
What: Wildflower, rated PG-13, (Dove Foundation’s “Faith Friendly” seal for ages 12 and up).
When: Friday through Sunday show times are: 11 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 9:25 p.m.
Where: Pittsford Cinema 9, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave.
Tickets: Various ticket prices depending on age and time of screening. Call (585) 383-1310 or visit pittsford.zurichcinemas.com. Learn more about the movie at wildflowerthemovie.com.

“Wildflower” Official Trailer

Posted by Jen on
January 15th, 2016

One of Cody’s newest films will be released very soon, be sure to keep your eyes open for a release!

Photos: Post-Golden Globes Party

Posted by Jen on
January 11th, 2016

Last night, Cody attended the Golden Globes and photos from HBO’s Post-Golden Globes Party have been added to the gallery.

Gallery Links
Events > 2016 > Jan 10 | HBO’s Post 2016 Golden Globe Awards Party

‘What Up Tho’ Single Release

Posted by Jen on
June 24th, 2015

Yesterday, Cody’s highly anticipated first single from his debut album was finally released. Thanks to all the fans who have already purchased the single! If you haven’t yet, head to iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play and grab it!

I have also just added the song lyrics to the lyrics archive – be sure to help correct any wrong lyrics!

‘Wretched’ Puts A Spell On You

Posted by Jen on
April 11th, 2015

Cody is set to begin working on a new film soon! Check out the details!

B. Harrison Smith just got in touch with us about a witchy new feature film he’s got boiling in the cauldron called Wretched, and it sounded so tasty that we had to share!

The film stars C. Thomas Howell, Stacey Dash, Dee Wallace, Felissa Rose, Cody Longo, Brittney Alger, Cameron Moulene, Gabrielle Stone, and Andrew Caldwell. Even cooler? All creature FX in the flick will be practical and created by Roy Knyrim of SOTAFX. Wretched will be shooting in Northeast Pennsylvania at end of this month with eyes on a October release.

Synopsis:
The town of Mill Falls has a debt to pay. Seen as a quiet slice of life town that time has forgotten, it harbors a dark secret that has come for its due. A small group of young people find themselves at the center of a dark mystery that brings childhood fears and sinister realities to life.

Source: Dread Central

In the video below, Cody explains what he loves about working on his new movie Wildflower.

Today, Cody has announced that he will be a judge for the very first Achieve The Dream Artist Showcase, presented by DMC Productions! The ATD Artist Showcase is a Christian and Gospel Showcase April 9-11th in Chattanooga, TN!

The ATD Artist Showcase is a program designed to lift up those who have been called to share the message through the power of music. Artists will be provided the opportunity to perform in front of leading music industry professionals, receive feedback, and have a shot at winning an artist development deal and a full blown recording contract! Top winners will also be invited to perform in the 2015 Achieve The Dream Tour lineup! The other judges include producer/songwriter Aaron Pierce and musician Willie Kitchens Jr.

As of now, special VIP tickets are currently on sale. The VIP tickets include a special Meet & Greet with Cody as well as their surprise Christian recording artist guest artist. To purchase VIP tickets, head over to ATDArtistShowcase.com! These tickets are on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to grab them fast!