Sunday, November 25, 2007

Southsiders Producing/Filming Locally Mafia Drama "Chicago Overcoat" with Celebrity Talent

Indie Film “Chicago Overcoat” by Local Production Company

Attracts Celebrity Talent to its Cast

Chicago Overcoat, a feature-length crime based drama, is shooting throughout Chicago this month. The film stars veteran mob actor Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Casino, The Sopranos) as Lou Marazano, and showcases the city and its infamous mob history.

The story takes a chilling look into what remains of the most powerful organized crime syndicate in the second half of the twentieth century. They were known as "The Outfit" and controlled the city of Chicago. Their most deadly hit man, the notorious Lou Marazano, killed several high profile officials without leaving a trace of evidence. Years later he is being pursued by the relentless Detective Ralph Maloney (Danny Goldring). With time against him, Marazano must finish the job as he struggles with old age, a splintered family, and a lifetime of regret.

The 'Chicago Overcoat' stars veteran mob actor Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Casino, The Sopranos) as Lou Marazano, and showcases Chicago and its infamous mob history.
Lou, played by Frank Vincent, prepares to deliver some Chicago Lightning with his Tommy Gun.

Overcoat also stars Mike Starr (Goodfellas, Dumb & Dumber) as the powerful street boss Lorenzo Galante, and Kathrine Narducci (A Bronx Tale, The Sopranos) as Marazano’s love interest. Most recently, Stacy Keach (American History X, Prison Break) joined the cast to play retired Chicago detective Ray Berkowski, and Armand Assante (Gotti, American Gangster) signed on to play mob boss Stefano D’Agnostino.

In addition to the impressive celebrity ensemble, Overcoat features a talented cast of local Chicago actors. Among them are accomplished actors Danny Goldring, who just played Grumpy in Batman: The Dark Knight, and Tim Gamble, who plays Jack Crawford opposite Daniel Baldwin in The Devil’s Dominoes. Also featured in the cast is local actor Dominic Capone, the great nephew of Al Capone. Dominic is one of the few Capone descendants who embraced the family name, but went into show business rather than the family business.

The film is being produced by Chicago based company Beverly Ridge Pictures. This is the first feature-length film for the production company known for its Shorts Collection with their premiere short The Small Assassin. Beverly Ridge Pictures consists of six recent Columbia College graduates who are trying to bring production back to Chicago: producer John W. Bosher, producer William Maursky, director Brian Caunter, production designer Phillip S. Plowden, cinematographer Kevin Moss, and casting director Chris Charles.

“We hope that audiences acknowledge the new roles for most of these actors,” says Producer John Bosher, “by casting people you’ve seen in the genre but not in this type of role. Frank Vincent has a lot of fans from ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas,’ but they’ve never seen him as a character with this kind of arc.” To follow the progress of Chicago Overcoat, you can check out the official Beverly Ridge Pictures website at: www.beverlyridgepictures.com. Watch out for Overcoat in theatres this Fall.

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