Auburn native Anthony Baldino, who has been working in the film industry for over a decade, just released his first directing project, ‘The Dust Storm’, a film written and co-directed by Ryan Lacen.

The full-length feature was officially released this past week to major streaming services including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Playstation, XBOX and Vimeo on Demand. It is also available on DVD.

After graduating from Auburn High School in 1998, Baldino attended Quinsigamond Community College and Emerson College.

“Emerson has a program in L.A., which is where I wanted to go to get into film” said Baldino.


Baldino has since racked up numerous credits as a producer and production on assistant on films such as ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘The Green Hornet’, along with numerous independent titles.

Written and co-directed by Lacen, ‘The Dust Storm’ is a romantic drama set in Nashville, TN.

“We have friends who work on the show ‘Nashville’ [ABC]” said Baldino. “We had resources available and we were able to shoot the film on location in 11 days.”

The cast features Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time; The Rite; The Tudors) as Brennan and Kristen Gutoskie (The Vampire Diaries; Containment) as Nora. The movie also stars Chris Carmack (Nashville; Alpha & Omega).

Brennan and Nora are former lovers who run into each other while Brennan is on a business trip in Nashville. The two spend a whirlwind weekend rekindling old feelings. The film is not rated.

Early reviews of the movie have been positive, with critic Michael Knox-Smith giving the film 4 stars (of 5):

‘The Dust Storm’ is a 4 star film. It delivers on many different levels. The camera work is spot on and so is the editing. The lighting is crisp where it needs to be and soft as required.

The movie also features an original soundtrack, which is available for download for free at

Baldino and Lacen have spent the better part of the past year touring film festivals, where they have garnered numerous awards and recognitions for the project. Baldino is looking forward to getting the film out to the public.

“It’s doing really well with zero advertising, so we are pretty excited about that” said Baldino. “I’m going to be back in the Auburn area this weekend, I’m looking forward to seeing some people and talking about the film. I’d like to get a local screening, if we can.”

We will certainly keep you updated of any developments, but in the meantime, head to Amazon, iTunes, or your favorite streaming service and give the movie a look.


Watch the Trailer