Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Principato Prepares for Premiere Showing

THE PRINCIPAL CAST OF ‘CRACKERS’ – From left are Beth Ann Bonner, Anthony Laciura, Vincent D’Onofrio, Brenda Vaccaro and Sal Richards --

Italian Tribune, 10.13.10

Like a proud father, newly minted script writer Gregory Principato is awaiting the “imminent” birth of his first film. The filming, by New Jersey-based Exit 135 Productions, of the short independent movie Crackers has finished and everyone involved is preparing for its premiere.

Crackers is a dark comedy about an Italian chef named Gus whose life is turned upside down after a mishap during a Sunday dinner when Jack, his father-in-law, chokes to death on an ossobuco bone. Gus is happily living in his small paradise surrounded by his younger wife, his vibrant garden, his kitchen and his opera music. This all changes when his overbearing, loud, large and obnoxious mother-in-law Bidelia invades his home. Gus slowly loses his paradise and his sanity as Bidelia methodically destroys everything that is sacred to him.

The idea for the film first came to Gregory Principato about ten years ago after a trip to New Orleans and a tour of some of the haunted spots in the French Quarter. After years of thinking of the story line and changing the plot a few times, Gregory teamed up with Timothy Reinhardt and completed the script in a few short months. “Although I have been in the film business for over 16 years, mainly working in the camera department, I have yet to write a story of my own that I can be proud of,” Greg explained. His co-writer Tim added, “Working with Greg was an incredibly creative and enjoyable experience.”

Greg carefully selected an all-star cast for this film, writing many of the roles with a specific actor in mind. Vincent D’Onofrio, in the role of Gus, is best known for his role of Detective Robert Goren in “Law and Order Criminal Intent.” He has also acted in many other films and TV productions such as “Mystic Pizza,” “The Break-Up,” “The Whole Wide World” (which he helped produce) and also in the recent highly acclaimed film Full Metal Jacket. He was pleased to work with Gregory when he was contacted and asked to join the film cast.

“There has to be some loyalty in our business,” he told the Tribune during a break in the filming. “I worked with Gregory on ‘Law and Order,’” he continued, “and when I received a call from him asking me to join the cast I had an opening in my schedule. I was glad to participate in this project due to the relationship I had established with Gregory.”

Also featured in the film is the legendary Brenda Vaccaro, who was recently nominated for an Emmy in the award winning film You Don’t Know Jack. Ms. Vaccaro has been in numerous feature films and TV series in the course of her career with a variety of nominations for her work. In 1976 she was awarded a Golden Globe for the film Once is Not Enough, and in 2001 was given an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Awards. In the film Crackers Ms. Vaccaro plays the role of Bidelia.
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Peyton said...

Good Lord, he's so much bigger and taller than the rest of them! "If you're this height, don't get on the ride.

janethyland said...


jamie said...

Very good intersting cast, good luck to you all

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
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Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

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Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
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Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

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Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

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'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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