Friends and Romans Directed
Christopher Kublan USA / 2014 / 102 minutes World Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Christopher Kublan, Gregg Greenberg, Michael Mailer, Michael Rispoli
Family man Nick DeMaio drives a fruit delivery truck by day, but his passion is doing background extra parts in mob movies. Yearning to be a “real” actor and prove to his family, and the world, that he’s more than just a stereotypical “goombah,” Nick convinces his mob movie buddies to put on a staged production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in their local Staten Island theater. Only the theater is the hideout of camera shy mob boss Joey “Bananas,” on the run from the FBI, and with acting ambitions of his own. Now the Feds plant one of their own in the cast to determine who among the familiar, and “Familial” cast, is the real Mafioso.
Cleverly exploring the parallels between Shakespeare and the cinematic myth of the Mafia, Friends and Romans is a comedy about the danger of stereotypes, the joy of acting, and the real meaning of Family.
Director/Co-Writer Christopher Kublan has previously written and directed the feature films, Giving It Up starring Mark Feuerstein, Ali Larter and Dabney Coleman, and the upcoming “Some Of The Time” with Gabriel Mann and Kadeem Hardison. A lifelong New Yorker, Mr. Kublan is currently at work on the screenplay Gone, a film he will direct later this year about Joe DiMaggio’s iconic 56-game hitting streak, as well as Later Days, a dramedy set in a wealthy North Shore Long Island enclave in the halcyon 80s.
Cast/Featuring: Michael Rispoli, Annabella Sciorra, Tony Sirico, Paul Ben Victor, Anthony DeSando, Katie Stevens, Charlie Semine, Patrick Kerr, Tony Darrow
Executive Producer(s): Gregg Greenberg, Michael Rispoli
Producer(s): Michael Mailer
Director(s): Christopher Kublan
Screenwriter(s): Gregg Greenberg, Christopher Kublan, Michael Rispoli
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