CT POST: Succession's Brian Cox stars in 'Mending the Line' new movie from Connecticut writer
May 25, 2023
Stephen Camelio grew up in Connecticut and wrote his first movie, "Mending the Line," which stars "Succession" actor Brian Cox and Sinqua Walls.
Throughout the ten years his dad was battling cancer, Stephen Camelio fished a lot.
His father, Andy Camelio, a Vietnam War veteran, got sick from exposure to Agent Orange during the war, Stephen Camelio said. His father died in 2013. Stephen Camelio took his grief out on the rivers near his Montana home and went fly fishing. The fluidity of the movements was therapeutic for him.
“You can't really think about anything else. It sort of clears your mind. And that sort of refreshes you,” he said.
Camelio, an alumnus of Wilton High School, has taken those elements from his life to write his first-ever movie. It's about fly fishing’s healing effects on veterans.
In “Mending the Line,” which comes out June 9, a marine named Colter (Sinqua Walls) is wounded in Afghanistan and gets sent to a Veteran Affairs program in Montana. There, he learns how to fly fish from a Vietnam War veteran named Ike, played by Golden Globe winner Brian Cox of the HBO show "Succession." The unlikely friendship and new skill help Colter cope with his post-war trauma and gives him something to live for after losing the only family and life he’s ever known.