Tipp City Teenager To Debut In Neon Short Film

A fan of iconic filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott and the Coen Brothers, Warner says his aesthetic leans toward drama and science fiction.

“I love exploring different genres,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of movies of the same genre produced by major studios today. I’m more drawn to movies that are different and bring something new to the table that puts more emphasis on the craft.

Garrett Piel plays Detective Nolan in ‘Cooper’.

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Garrett Piel plays Detective Nolan in ‘Cooper’.

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“The world of media creation and distribution has changed dramatically over the past few years, and some filmmakers and content creators are content to simply release their material virtually,” noted Jonathan McNeal, director of The Neon. “Knowing that Jonathan has created so many short films and is now embarking on longer works, I am happy that he is taking steps to show his film in a public place. Sitting in a room with an audience live is a valuable experience on many levels, not only can it be rewarding, but you can also learn a lot about the job itself.

“I love The Neon,” Warner repeated. “It’s really cool and intimate.”

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Warner is looking forward to studying film in college and continuing his film career. He hopes “Cooper” will resonate with audiences in both storytelling and art.

Detective Cooper (played by Jonathan Warner) solves cases in his small town while driving his Mini Cooper.

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Detective Cooper (played by Jonathan Warner) solves cases in his small town while driving his Mini Cooper.

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Detective Cooper (played by Jonathan Warner) solves cases in his small town while driving his Mini Cooper.

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“Ever since I saw ‘Jaws’ and became obsessed with Steven Spielberg, I had the urge to make movies – that was never a question,” he said. “I’ve always been pushed into this as a career. I hope audiences recognize the passion that has been put into ‘Cooper’ from all directions and hope the main character feels relatable.

“Having taught film/video production at both Stivers School for the Arts and Wright State University, I love seeing young people passionate about film and filmmaking,” McNeal added. “Neon’s main clientele tends to be a bit older, so it’s always refreshing when young people show an interest in exploring what we have to offer as well as contributing to our range.”

HOW TO GET THERE

What: “Cooper”

When: Wednesday July 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Cost: $5

Tickets: neonmovies.com

Operating time: 1 hour

More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjcBWCBEono

The Neon will screen Jonathan Warner’s “Cooper” on July 27.

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The Neon will screen Jonathan Warner's film

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The Neon will screen Jonathan Warner’s “Cooper” on July 27.

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