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Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire," Seven Psychopaths), Tony Award® winner Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris, Broadway’s "Venus in Fur"), Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III, Ocean’s Twelve) and Emmy® winner Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "Parenthood") star in Rob the Mob, a thrilling and poignant crime-thriller about two lovers whose audacious heists of Mafia social clubs result in a discovery that could forever change the face of organized crime in America. Directed by Oscar® nominee Raymond De Felitta (City Island, Two Family House) and produced by William Teitler (What Maisie Knew, The Polar Express) the film is based on the true story of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva.

New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks TOMMY (Pitt) and ROSIE (Arianda) have two things in common: a crazy-passionate love for one another and—after they’re caught robbing a florist on Valentine’s Day—prison records. Trying to go straight, Rosie lands a job at a debt-collection agency and persuades Tommy to join her. But soon Tommy is skipping his shifts to do something much more interesting—attend the landmark trial of Gambino-family boss John Gotti, where Mafia hit man Sammy "The Bull" Gravano provides graphic testimony that could finally bring down the flamboyant mob kingpin.

Tommy’s fascination with the mob is deeply personal; when he was a boy, he saw his father suffer a brutal beating at the hands of local gangsters. So when he hears Sammy name a Mafia-owned social club where no guns are permitted, he has an idea: Why not rob the joint? And so begins a series of Bonnie-and-Clyde-style stickups of mob hangouts around the city, with Tommy wielding an Uzi and Rosie driving the beat-up getaway car. The brazen daylight raids net enough cash for the lovers to move in together, taking their fiery romance to the next level. They also draw the attention of the FBI and veteran mob reporter JERRY CARDOZO (Romano), who splashes their unlikely story across the front page of the paper. But while the attacks enrage the mob, reclusive crime-family head BIG AL FIORELLO (Garcia) orders his men only to scare the couple. After all, he says, eagles don’t kill flies.

It’s a decision Big Al will come to regret. During one of their heists, Tommy and Rosie stumble upon a Mafia secret so closely guarded that rank-and-file mobsters don’t even know of its existence. To the Feds, it’s the smoking gun they’ve been looking for—a key to dismantling New York’s already-faltering crime syndicate once and for all. To Big Al, it’s the high cost of his earlier leniency—a mistake he quickly moves to correct. For Tommy and Rosie, caught between the law and a mob contract, the future depends on who gets to them first.

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Michael PittTommy Uva Andy GarciaBig Al Nina AriandaRosie Ray RomanoJerry Cardozo Griffin DunneDave Lovell Muchael RispoliSal Val VazquezVinny Frank WhaleyAgent Fred Hurd Burt YoungJoey D.

About the Filmmakers

Michael Pitt

MICHAEL PITT (Tommy Uva) is known for his gripping and unforgettable performances, working with talented filmmakers such as Academy Award and Palme d’Or winners Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Haneke and Larry Clark. Haneke cast Pitt in his U.S. remake of Funny Games, alongside Tim Roth and Naomi Watts. Bertolucci cast him opposite Eva Green in his cult classic The Dreamers, nominated for the Golden Globe Award® for Best Foreign Film. Van Sant chose Pitt to play the lead role in Last Days and score the film. Inspired by the life and death of Kurt Cobain, Last Days was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pitt stars opposite Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in the forthcoming I Origins, a sci-fi drama seen through the eyes of a molecular biologist whose discoveries make us question conventional views of love, death, science and spirituality. The film is directed by Mike Cahill, whose first feature Another Earth won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

Pitt has just completed work on You Can’t Win, based on the classic underground memoir by Jack Black. The story of a transient thief in the early 1900s, the book greatly influenced William Burroughs and the Beat Generation. Pitt stars in, co-wrote and produced the film adaptation directed by Rob Devor.

Other film credits include Silk, with Keira Knightley; Delirious, opposite Steve Buscemi; M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody and William Hurt; and Gus Van Sant’s Finding Forrester, with Sean Connery and Anna Paquin, which was an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival.

Small-screen credits include Martin Scorsese’s Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” opposite Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg and Kelly MacDonald.

Pitt’s first job as an actor was his Off Broadway debut in “The Trestle at Lick Creek,” written by award-winning playwright Naomi Wallace. His other theater credits include Mary Shelley’s “Monster,” at Classic Stage, and “Birdy,” directed by Naomi Wallace at Duke University.

Pitt was introduced to the Sundance Film Festival in his debut feature Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The film won Home Audience and Best Director awards. His next role came in Larry Clark’s indie drama Bully, nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, and his first studio film was acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder’s Murder by Numbers, co-starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling.

In addition to his score for Last Days, Pitt has produced original music compositions for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and The Heart Is Deceitful above All Things, Asia Argento’s adaptation of the J.T. Leroy novel. He has also performed on stage with Patti Smith and Thurston Moore, is the front man for alternative rock band Pagoda, and is currently working on a solo record.

Andy Garcia

ANDY GARCIA (Big Al) has been honored for his work as an actor, director and both film and music producer. He earned Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III (1990). He later received an Emmy nomination and his second Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.” As the executive producer of the telefilm, Garcia also earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film won two ALMA Awards and was Golden Globe-nominated (Best Miniseries or Made for Television Movie). The score, which Garcia produced, won an Emmy.

In association with his production company, CineSon, Garcia recently produced and starred in Adam Rodgers’ comedy At Middleton, opposite Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga and his daughter, Daniella Garcia-Lorido. Garcia and Farmiga won the best actor and actress awards at the Boston Film Festival. At Middleton premiered at the Seattle Film Festival and Anchor Bay is releasing the film.

Garcia is a member of the voice cast on the new Rio sequel slated to hit theaters in April. He also stars in Luke Greenfield’s forthcoming feature Let’s Be Cops and recently completed What About Love, co-starring Sharon Stone.

Among the many projects in development at CineSon is Hemingway & Fuentes, which Garcia co-wrote with Ernest Hemingway’s niece, Hilary Hemingway. He will direct and co-star as Captain Gregorio Fuentes. Jon Voight is attached to star as Ernest Hemingway and Annette Bening will play Mary Welsh.

Previously, Garcia starred in thriller Open Road, co-starring Camilla Belle; Damian Lee’s actioner The Dark Truth, with Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker; Mexican historical drama For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, co-starring Longoria and Rubén Blades (Grace Award and Alma Award nomination for Best Actor); as well as Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.

Another CineSon project was Raymond De Felitta’s critically acclaimed City Island. Garcia produced and starred alongside Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, Ezra Miller and his oldest daughter, Dominik García-Lorido. The film premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award. Other honors include Best Comedy at the AARP “Grown Up Awards” and a Best Actor nomination (Garcia) at the International Press Academy Satellite Awards. Garcia also received an Imagen Award nomination (Best Actor) and García-Lorido won Best Supporting Actress.

Previously, Garcia was seen in 5 Days of War, directed by Renny Harlin; The Pink Panther 2, with Steve Martin; New York, I Love You, directed by Wen Jiang; La Linea, co-starring Ray Liotta; The Exodus of Charlie Wright, opposite Aidan Quinn and Gina Gershon; The Air I Breathe, an indie crime drama; Smokin’ Aces, directed by Joe Carnahan; Modigliani, in the title role (also executive producer); Twisted, with Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson; and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, voicing a German Shepherd alongside Drew Barrymore and George Lopez.

Additional film credits include Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Ridley Scott’s Black Rain, Mike Figgis’ Internal Affairs, Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again, Stephen Frears’ Hero, Luis Mandoki’s When a Man Loves a Woman, Gary Fleder’s Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan and Barbet Schroeder’s Desperate Measures.

On the small screen, Garcia recently starred in ABC’s critically acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame production “Christmas in Conway,” starring opposite Mary Louise Parker and Mandy Moore.

Garcia formed the production company CineSon Productions in 1991. Under the CineSon banner, he made his directorial debut with the documentary concert film Cachao…Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos (Like His Rhythm There Is No Other), about the legendary co-creator of the mambo, Israel “Cachao” López. He recently produced another Cachao documentary, Cachao Uno Mas, which screened at the 2009 Miami Film Festival. Garcia also executive produced the coming-of-age story Magic City Memoirs, which also premiered at the Miami fest (2011).

In 2006 Garcia made his feature directorial debut with The Lost City, a project he developed for 17 years. The film earned Garcia Best Director and Best Film Awards at the 2006 Imagen Awards. He also received a Best Director nomination at the 2007 Alma Awards. Garcia composed the original score for this CineSon production and also produced the soundtrack, which features several legends from the Cuban music world.

On the music side, Garcia produced and performed on Volumes I and II of “Cachao: Master Sessions,” earning one Grammy® nomination and one win. The CD “Cachao: Cuba Linda,” produced by Garcia’s CineSon record label, was nominated for a 2001 Grammy and a 2000 Latin Grammy Award. Garcia won both Grammy and Latin Grammy awards for his latest collaboration with Cachao, “¡Ahora Sí!”

Garcia composed four songs for the soundtrack of Steal Big Steal Little, in which he also starred. He also produced and performed several songs for the soundtrack of Just the Ticket, a film he produced and starred in.

Born in Havana, Garcia was only 5 when his family fled to Florida after Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba. He began acting in regional theater before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career. He first gained attention for his performance in Hal Ashby’s 8 Million Ways to Die.

In 2005 the UCLA Johnson Cancer Center Foundation honored Garcia with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award and the Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award. The Covenant House honored Garcia with the prestigious Dove Award, which recognizes role models who give back to their communities and help at-risk youth.

In 2009 Garcia received a lifetime achievement award at the Deauville American Film Festival. He has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a Rudolph Valentino International Cinema Award and the Anthony Quinn Award for Excellence in Motion Pictures.

Nina Arianda

NINA ARIANDA (Rosie) captured the attention of the New York theater world in her breakout role as Vanda in the 2010 Off Broadway production of “Venus in Fur,” shortly after graduating from NYU’s Tisch graduate acting program. Following her acclaimed performance, Arianda landed feature-film roles in Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris, Tom McCarthy’s Win Win and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground. After “Venus in Fur” moved to Broadway in 2011, Arianda’s performance became the most critically hailed of the 2011-2012 season and earned her the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Arianda was previously nominated for a 2011 Tony for her Broadway debut as Billie Dawn in “Born Yesterday.” She has been honored with numerous accolades for her stage work, including recognition from the Drama League, an Outer Critics Circle Award, the Actors’ Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award, the Theater World Award and the Clive Barnes Award. Arianda was named 2011 Stage Star of the Year by New York Magazine and topped Forbes’ 2011 Top 30 Under 30 list in entertainment. She was also honored by Marie Claire with their 2012 Women on Top Award for top performer.

In 2011 Arianda appeared in Universal’s Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. On the small screen, Nina has appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock” as well as CBS’s “The Good Wife” and “Hostages.” Upcoming film roles include The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and Lucky Them, starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt. She will return to the stage in February 2014 in Manhattan Theatre Club’s “Red Vienna,” directed by Kate Whoriskey.

Ray Romano

RAY ROMANO (Jerry Cardozo) was the star of one of the most respected sitcoms in television history, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” a huge hit for CBS. Romano won numerous awards including a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. As one of the show’s executive producers, he shared in Emmy wins in 2003 and 2005 for Outstanding Comedy Series. In 2003 the cast won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Romano also won three People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Male TV Performer and shared in another when “Everybody Loves Raymond” was named Favorite Television Comedy in 2006.

Romano is currently reprising his role as photographer Hank Rizzoli on the NBC series “Parenthood,” now in its fifth season. The actor has starred in such films as Eulogy, with Zooey Deschanel; Welcome to Mooseport, opposite Gene Hackman; Grilled, with Kevin James and Burt Reynolds; and The Last Word, alongside Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley. In 2006 Romano was the subject of 95 Miles to Go, a documentary about his life on tour.

Romano never gave stand-up comedy any serious thought until one fateful open-mic night at a New York comedy club in 1984. Positive response from audiences encouraged him to pursue stand-up full time. Romano performed regularly at comedy clubs across the country, which led to appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (and later with Jay Leno) as well as “Late Night with David Letterman.” Letterman recognized something unique in Romano’s persona and offered him a development deal with his production company, Worldwide Pants, which led to “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Romano made his big-screen debut as the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in the blockbuster hit Ice Age. He reprised his role in the wildly successful sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Romano is the author of The New York Times bestseller Everything and a Kite, which was inspired by his comedy. In collaboration with his brothers Bobby and Rich Romano, he wrote the children’s book Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Spoken Word album. Romano’s comedy album “Live at Carnegie Hall” was nominated for a Grammy in 2002.

In 2009 Romano teamed with Mike Royce, a fellow stand-up comedian from New York and “Everybody Loves Raymond” writer, to create and star in the one-hour series “Men of a Certain Age.” The series, which also starred Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher, ran for two seasons on TNT and won the Peabody Award in 2011.

Romano resides in Los Angeles with his wife Anna and their four children.

Griffin Dunne

GRIFFIN DUNNE (Dave Lovell) is an accomplished actor, producer and director. Dunne made his first foray into directing with the short film Duke of Groove, starring Tobey Maguire, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His feature directorial debut was Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, which he followed with Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Other films include Fierce People with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland, Accidental Husband with Colin Firth and Uma Thurman, and recently contributed a vignette to the Farrelly Bros. comedy Movie 43 starring Emma Stone.

As an actor, Dunne is best known for Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London, and Johnny Dangerously starring Michael Keaton. He has acted in and directed episodes of the CBS series “The Good Wife,” and was most recently seen on the FX show “Damages,” as well as Showtime’s “House of Lies,” and can currently be seen in the award-winning drama Dallas Buyers Club opposite Matthew McConaughey.

Muchael Rispoli

MICHAEL RISPOLI (Sal) has amassed an impressive film and television career, by showing his range as an actor in dramas, comedies, and thrillers. Most recently, he was seen starring opposite Johnny Depp in Bruce Robinson's The Rum Diary. Other recent film credits include Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, Dito Montiel's Empire State, the Sundance indie Union Square, and The Taking of Pelham 123 opposite Denzel Washington and John Travolta and directed by Tony Scott. Rispoli’s film credits also include, Kick-Ass, Invincible, The Weather Man, Mr. 3000, Lonely Hearts, Death to Smoochy, Summer of Sam, Rounders, Snake Eyes, Two Family House, See You in September, Scar City, Volcano, To Die For, Feeling Minnesota, While You Were Sleeping, Black Irish, One Last Thing, The Juror, and One Tough Cop. On the small screen, Rispoli is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Jackie Aprile in the HBO series, "The Sopranos.” He was also seen as Jimmy Breslin in the ESPN miniseries, "The Bronx is Burning." Rispoli’s other television credits include, Dean Devlin's TNT series, "Talk to Me," David Milch's CBS series, "Big Apple," the NBC pilot, "Fort Pit" and numerous other television series including, "Naked Hotel," and "Bram and Alice" and the current ABC pilot "The Manzani's" opposite Kirstie Alley. His recurring roles for television are "The Black Donnelly's," "Third Watch," and "10-8". He has also appeared as a guest lead in "E.R.," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was recent recurring characters on the CBS hit drama "Blue Bloods" and also in the 2nd season of the STARZ hit series "Magic City.” Rispoli began his career on stage performing in the Circle Rep/Steppenwolf revival of "Balm in Gilead," directed by John Malkovich. He is a co-founder of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company (WCTC). The WCTC staged a production of "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder - Three by Thornton" that moved to off-Broadway and then to Broadway, earning a Tony nomination. In 2004, Michael starred and received glorious reviews in the off-Broadway production of the play "Magic Hands Freddy" opposite Ralph Macchio. Rispoli has appeared in New York and regional theatre in productions of "Macbeth," "Tartuffe," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "O'Neill's Sea Plays," among many others. The actor’s next projects include indie Not for Human Consumption and a recurring role on Chloe Sevigny’s A&E show “Those Who Kill.”

Val Vazquez

VAL VAZQUEZ (Vinny) can most recently been seen in feature films such as Captain Philips directed by Paul Greengrass and opposite Tom Hanks; Runner, Runner directed by Brad Furman and opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake; Blood Ties directed by Guillaume Canet and opposite Mila Kunis, Clive Owen, and Marion Cotillard; and Glass Chin directed by Noah Buschel and opposite Billy Crudup. Vazquez can next be seen in Kill The Messenger directed by Michael Cuesta and opposite Jeremy Renner; Anesthesia directed by Tim Blake Nelson; and The Cobbler directed by Tom McCarthy and opposite Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Steve Buscemi.

The actor starred as Victor Lazaro on the recent Starz drama “Magic City” opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Other recent TV roles include FX’s “Louie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” and HBO’s “Treme.” Over the years, he has had roles on some of television’s most popular shows. From his recurring character Bob, the “angry gay Puerto Rican,” on “Seinfeld,” to one of Samantha’s love interests on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” to 'Rueben the Cuban' on HBO’s "The Sopranos."

Vázquez has appeared in over 35 films, working with directors such as Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Steven Spielberg. Other film credits include The A-Team opposite Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson, John Sayles’ Amigo opposite Chris Cooper, Salvation Boulevard opposite Jennifer Connolly, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear, Little Fockers with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster alongside Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington (a 2008 SAG nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, opposite Tom Cruise, Bad Boys II opposite Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, Runaway Bride opposite Julia Roberts and Nick of Time opposite Johnny Depp. He reunited with director Steven Soderbergh to star opposite Benicio Del Toro in Che. Soderbergh first cast him in Traffic, for which he and his fellow cast members won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Seamlessly moving between film, television and stage, Vázquez was nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Cousin Julio in the Broadway production of “The Motherf**cker with the Hat” opposite Chris Rock, Bobby Cannavale, and Annabella Sciorra. He is a founding member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company. Other theater credits include “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell and directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman; “The Stendhal Syndrome” (Primary Stages) with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas; and “The Floating Island Plays” (Mark Taper Forum).

Frank Whaley

FRANK WHALEY (Agent Fred Hurd) first broke into acting as the young Francis Phelan opposite Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in the Academy Award nominated Ironweed. Whaley has appeared in over 60 films including, Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, JFK, The Freshman, Career Opportunities, Swing Kids, Hoffa, IQ, John Woo’s Broken Arrow opposite John Travolta, Red Dragon and School of Rock. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Guy, the put-upon assistant opposite Kevin Spacey in the now cult classic Swimming With Sharks and as the ill-fated drug dealer Brett in Pulp Fiction. His recent film roles include a fourth collaboration with Oliver Stone in World Trade Center, and his intense and terrifying performance as Mason opposite Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale in Vacancy and As Good As Dead, opposite Andie McDowel, and Janie Jones, opposite Abigail Breslin."

On television Frank appeared in the mini-series “Marina and Lee” opposite Helena Bonham Carter, with Jessica Tandy in “To Dance With The White Dog,” HBO’s “When Trumpets Fade,” and opposite Ben Kingsley and Annette Benning in the Emmy award winning “Mrs. Harris.” He starred opposite Sam Shepard in the ABC television mini-series “Ruffian” and opposite Tom Berringer in Arthur Haley’s “Detective.” He also starred in “Where There’s A Will” for Lifetime, opposite Blythe Danner in “Homage.” Whaley recently received critical praise for his portrayal of FBI Agent Van Miller opposite Liev Schrieber and Jon Voight in the hit Showtime series “Ray Donovan.”

Frank has written and directed four feature films. His first, Joe the King premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival where he received the Waldo Salt Award for screenwriting and a Grand Jury Prize nomination. His second feature, The Jimmy Show that he wrote, directed and starred in opposite Carla Gugino and Ethan Hawke, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. New York City Serenade premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. His latest feature Like Sunday, Like Rain will be released later this year.

Aside from his work in television and film, the stage-trained Whaley has appeared Off-Broadway in numerous productions, including his drama desk award winning performance in “The Years” and Charles Evered’s “The Size of the World” with Rita Moreno, which earned him his second Drama Desk nomination. He appeared in the critically acclaimed revival of Sam Shepard’s “A Lie Of The Mind” at the New Group in 2010 and recently starred opposite Marisa Tomei in the revival of Wallace Shawn’s “Marie & Bruce.”

Burt Young

BURT YOUNG (Joey D.) is known as a talented character actor who has remained consistently busy playing "rough at the edge" type characters, often on the wrong side of the law. Young was born on April 30 1940 in New York City, where he received his dramatic arts training under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Young first gathered notice playing tough thugs in such films as The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, Across 110th Street, Chinatown and The Gambler. Fiery director Sam Peckinpah cast Young as the getaway driver / assassin, Mac, in The Killer Elite, and Young came to the attention of newcomer Sylvester Stallone, who cast him as future brother-in-law Paulie in the 1976 sleeper hit Rocky. The talented Young was nominated for an Oscar, and has gone on to reprise the role in all five Rocky sequels to date. Peckinpah re-hired him to play renegade trucker Pigpen in the moderately successful Convoy.

Young has also appeared in numerous other major productions, including Once Upon a Time in America, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Mickey Blue Eyes, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Win Win.

About The Filmmakers

RAYMOND DE FELITTA (Director) is an independent filmmaker whose work as a writer and director has been honored around the world, including the festivals in Cannes, Park City (Sundance), Toronto, Deauville, New York (Tribeca), Austin (South by Southwest) and Milan. In 2009 De Felitta wrote and directed the independent film City Island, starring Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin, which received the First Place Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. More recently, he directed Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story.

His AFI thesis short Bronx Cheers was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991. The following year, his screenplay Begin the Beguine won a Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting.

De Felitta’s debut feature Café Society premiered at the Cannes Film Festival during the 1996 Directors Fortnight. The film starred Peter Gallagher, Frank Whaley and Lara Flynn Boyle. His second film, Two Family House, won the 2000 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (including Best Screenplay) and was cited by the National Board of Review as one of the most outstanding films of that year.

Next, The Thing About My Folks, starring Paul Reiser, Peter Falk and Olympia Dukakis, won the Audience Award at the 2005 Santa Barbara Film Festival. De Felitta’s documentary ’Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews and played at festivals in Milan, Newport Beach, Philadelphia, Kansas City (where it won a Best Documentary Award), Sarasota and Baltimore. Released in 2007 by Outsider Pictures both nationally and internationally and now available on DVD, the film tells the story of the career and mysterious disappearance of the great jazz singer Jackie Paris. The subject is one dear to the filmmaker’s heart, as he is a lifelong jazz lover and professional pianist.

De Felitta’s music appears on his CD releases “Movies Til Dawn” and “Fatha’ Land,” the first being original compositions and the latter a solo tribute to jazz pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines.

De Felitta is an active member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and co-chaired (with Steven Soderbergh) the East Coast Independent Directors Committee. He also served as chair of the DGA’s East Coast Special Projects committee, whose purpose is to preserve and explore the history of filmmaking through oral histories as well as special screening events.

Film history plays an important role in De Felitta’s life. Initially, he aspired to an academic career teaching the history of cinema. He still writes about film on his blog “Movies Til Dawn” (www.moviestildawn.blogspot.com).

De Felitta is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s directing program.

JONATHAN FERNANDEZ (Writer) is a writer and producer working in Hollywood. He is currently writing a thriller for Universal Pictures inspired by the true story of Stephanie Lazarus, an L.A.P.D. cop who, while in uniform, murdered her former lover’s wife. Fernandez has written television pilots for CBS, NBC and TNT. He penned “Wrestling Moses” for HBO and the late James Gandolfini.

Additional writing credits include “Y2K,” Crisis in the Kremlin and “Star Trek: Enterprise” (story editor). He was an executive producer on Jonathan Mostow’s Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan.

Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Fernandez attended Harvard University, where he was the president of the Harvard Lampoon and graduated magna cum laude. Heading to California as soon as he could, Fernandez began his career running the production companies of iconic filmmakers Roger Corman and Dino De Laurentiis.

Fernandez lives with his wife and sons in a Hollywood home once owned by screen legend Marie Dressler.

WILLIAM TEITLER (Producer) is a highly respected film producer with a host of notable credits. Most recently, he produced the critically acclaimed What Maisie Knew, based on the novel by Henry James, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and starred Julianne Moore, Alex Skarsgård, Steve Coogan and Onata Aprile.

Teitler is developing a number of film projects including The Great Gilly Hopkins, based on Katherine Paterson’s National Book Award-winner; The Sweetest Fig, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg; and a reboot of Jumanji for Columbia Pictures.

Teitler produced Ross Katz’s “Taking Chance,” starring Kevin Bacon and winner of the 2010 DGA Award for Best Direction in a Movie or Miniseries Made for Television. The telefilm won a WGA Award and was nominated for two Golden Globes, with Kevin Bacon winning Best Actor. Other honors include 10 Emmy nominations and a PGA Award bid.

Previously, he produced “Empire Falls,” which won a Golden Globe and was nominated for 10 Emmys. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Richard Russo, this HBO miniseries starred Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Ed Harris.

He also produced three films based on the books of Chris Van Allsburg: Jon Favreau’s Zathura, starring Tim Robbins and Kristen Stewart; Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks; and Joe Johnston’s Jumanji, starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt.

Other producing credits include Norman Jewison’s The Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington in an Oscar nominated, Golden Globe-winning performance; Stephen Herek’s Mr. Holland’s Opus, starring Richard Dreyfuss in an Academy Award-nominated role; Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard, starring Pacino, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder (DGA Award, Best Documentary Feature); Jay Russell’s Tuck Everlasting, starring Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek and Alexis Bledel; Clare Kilner’s How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore, Alison Janney and Peter Gallagher; Glenn Gordon Caron’s Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr and Olympia Dukakis; and John Dahl’s Unforgettable, starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino.

Previously, Teitler produced the award-winning anthology series “Tales from the Crypt,” for HBO; the telefilm “Two Fisted Tales,” for Fox Broadcasting; and the anthology series “Tales from the Darkside,” for Laurel/LBS.







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