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Author of books on films makes his own with ‘Thirst’

McCarty to show movie at Siena, Mabee Farm

John McCarty, right, helps actor Nick Brigadier prepare for a scene during the filming of "Thirst," McCarty's short film about the Civil War.
Photographer: MAAMAN REZAEI
John McCarty, right, helps actor Nick Brigadier prepare for a scene during the filming of "Thirst," McCarty's short film about the Civil War.
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John McCarty has authored 15 books and ghost-written about 15 more, but when it comes to telling a story these days, he’s thinking strictly as a screenwriter. McCarty’s 30-minute film about the Civil War, “Thirst,” is a fictional tale he wrote based on a short story by 19th century writer Stephen Crane. The film was made largely with a cast and crew assembled from the student body at the University at Albany, where his producer, ...

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