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FEATURE STORY: a New Haven news feature on the documentary FIVE FRIENDS - its on bromance, men's friendships, Charlie and friends

                                                                 10/17/11 view the trailer


October 17, 2011
Contact: Hank Mandel, Co-Producer

New Haven, Connecticut: A New Haven business cast featuring Charles Negaro, CEO of Chabaso Bread and Atticus Café; Barry Svigals, Senior Partner of Svigals and Partners, Architects; Robert (Cliff) Tucker, retired Associate professor at Yale University and Business Consultant; Tom Maloney and his men’s’ clothing store “RAGGS” on Chapel Street all join Hank Mandel, Producer of the “Five Friends” Documentary for the New Haven premiere at the Shubert Theater. The evening will include a pre-screening party at Raggs at 5:30 pm, followed by the screening of the movie at 7:00 PM at 247 College Street with a dialogue with the Connecticut cast at the end of the film and an after party from 9:00 – 10:00 pm at the theater. Having just been screened at the Arlington International Film Festival outside Boston, Massachusetts to a rave response and reviewed in Connecticut Magazine which states, “It’s a film, wherever it’s been shown since its’ April debut, that has provoked laughter and tears.” The film focuses on the importance of authentic, transparent and vulnerable relationships among men.

Conceived and produced by previous New Haven resident and People’s United Bank executive, Hank Mandel and written, directed and co-produced by previous Norwalk, Connecticut resident Erik Santiago, the feature documentary reveals a new expectation of how men are able to relate to each other in today’s America. The introduction of the Film “Five Friends” raises the bar of how to look at the opportunities that men have to share their lives with each other and women. We live in the age of the "bromance." Never has pop culture been so fascinated with male friendships. What do they look like? Why are they important? And how do we talk about them without seeming…unmanly? Films like "I Love You, Man" or the GQ article entitled "Are You Man Enough for the Man-Date?" are just a two examples of how men are wrestling with what male relationships look like in our evolving society.

But even the word "bromance" implies a certain awkwardness, an uncertainty, about how to refer to these close relationships between men. For guys, talking about relationships is like a cumbersome backslap embrace that quickly diverts to sports conversations. Out of the current and tenuous exploration into men’s’ desire to deeply connect with one another comes the documentary "Five Friends."

“Five Friends” is beautifully shot, from the mountains of Southern California to the Connecticut coastline and New Haven. It captures the intimate relationships of a man and his five friends as they reflect on their lives together, support each other in struggle and mine the depths of meaningful friendship - success, conflict, marriage, divorce, children and dying. These men, several from New Haven, reveal their fears and dreams to one another in a way that helps us understand just what vulnerability and transparency among men really looks and sounds like.

This delicate subject of male intimacy is navigated by other experts in the field. Michael Kimmel is a sociologist at SUNY Stonybrook and author of more than twenty books on men and masculinity. He provides unique insight from his studies of how men relate to each other and the barriers the male ego presents in men making an authentic connection with other men.

Alan Frow is a pastor in Southern California who teaches and speaks to men around the world in a variety of cultures. He explains, “We want to look like we’ve got it together. It takes a humble man to admit that he’s weak, that he’s struggling, and that he doesn’t have it all together. But it’s just an incredible gift to be in a relationship where you don’t have to pretend.” Frow offers a profound perspective that exposes some of the hidden insecurities that lie beneath the fragile masculine façade.

Early American writer and philosopher, Elbert Hubbard, wrote, "My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life." Five Friends is the story of how one man sought to live that life set against the backdrop of an expectant father’s search for answers as he prepares for the birth of his son. Connecticut Magazine states, “Women who saw the film, responding to many of the poignant scenes, ask to show it (the film) to their brothers and fathers.”

For more information about the film including purchasing the film and booking screenings, go to the website. Tickets will be available at the door of the Shubert Theater, New Haven for $20.00.