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Opens in New York City on October 1st, 2010.
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Five New Yorkers — of different ages, races, backgrounds — hunger for sensual, emotional and spiritual fulfillment. Their intersecting and colliding paths reflect the zeitgeist of our times, in which the desperation of the West smacks up against the religious teachings of the East.
Writer/Director – MICHAEL IMPERIOLI
Michael Imperioli is best known for his portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti on the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos," for which he won a Best Supporting Actor EMMY Award and was nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE. In addition to his role as a cast member, he also wrote five episodes of the hit show.
Michael first came to the public's attention in the role of "Spider" in Martin Scorcese's GOODFELLAS. In his more than 30 film roles since, Michael has worked with acclaimed directors such as Spike Lee (JUNGLE FEVER, MALCOM X, CLOCKERS, GIRL 6, SUMMER OF SAM), the Hughes Brother's (DEAD PRESIDENTS), Nancy Savoka (HOUSEHOLD SAINTS), Gary Winnick (SWEET NOTHING, starring opposite Mira Sorvino), and Peter Jackson (the forthcoming LOVELY BONES). He was recently cast as a lead in "Life on Mars," which premiered on ABC in October.
As a writer, Michael has worked for Dimension and penned the screen adaptation of Mario Puzo's OMERTA for Miramax. He also wrote and executive produced SUMMER OF SAM.
Working on the New York stage for over a decade, Michael has produced, directed and acted. Some of his work includes critically acclaimed performances in AVEN' U BOYS directed by Frederick Zollo, DISPLACED PERSONS (opposite Martha Plimpton), HALF DESERTED STREET, Seth Zvi Rosenfield's THE WRITING ON THE WALL, and LITTLE BLOOD BROTHER.
Demonstrating a longstanding commitment to the New York City stage, Michael and his wife Victoria Imperioli launched Studio Dante, a 60-seat theatre focused on presenting and mounting new works. The theater was built to inspire the next generation of our City's performers and audiences. THE HUNGRY GHOSTS marks Michael's debut as a writer/director, and was written with many of his favorite actors and colleagues in mind.
Producer – DIANE CRESPO
After several years producing and directing theater off Broadway, Diane co-founded Cicala Filmsworks in 1997. Over the years she has directed and produced films for clients including the Guggenheim Museum, the March of Dimes, and Roundabout Theatre, as well as documentaries and feature films. Diane produced the TV documentary CONTESTED STREETS, which aired on the Sundance Channel in early 2008, and co-directed/produced her first narrative feature ARRANGED in 2007, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and has played at over forty festivals and sold to over thirty international territories. Recent producing credits include THE HUNGRY GHOSTS, and the TV pilots "Circledrawers" and "Late on Laight."
Producer – STEFAN SCHAEFER
A co-founder of the New York-based production company Cicala Filmworks, Stefan has worked in independent film for over 12 years. His films have premiered and won awards at top-tier festivals such as Berlin, Hamptons, and SxSW, among many others, and have been successfully released theatrically, via cable outfits such as HBO and the Sundance Channel, and on DVD. Recent feature film credits as a writer, director and/or producer include THE HIGHER FORCE (2008), THE AMAZING TRUTH ABOUT QUEEN RAQUELA (2008), ARRANGED (2007), CONFESS (2005), and the documentary CONTESTED STREETS (2006).
Awards include: Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at the Skip City Int'l Film Festival in Japan (2008), the TEDDY Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin Int'l Film Festival (2008), Best Film at the Berkshire Int'l Film Festival and Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival (2007), Best Screenwriter at the Hamptons Film Festival (2005), Grand Prize in Digital Filmmaking from Panasonic and Apple (2004), the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Screenwriting (2003), and selection to attend the Talent Campus for emerging filmmakers at the Berlin Int'l Film Festival (2003).
Production Designer/Producer – VICTORIA IMPERIOLI
Victoria currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of Studio Dante, the New York theatre she founded with her husband Michael Imperioli. In this capacity, she is at the center of selecting what new shows go up, overseeing the set and costume design, and ensuring plays receive the critical and audience support they deserve.
Victoria studied architecture and design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, while also attending classes at NYU. She has been involved in various projects in both Europe and the US since the early 90s. Victoria has developed a distinct and admired style in her set work and interior design work. Her work has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest Magazine.
– Tina Thor, Producer, TMT Entertainment Group
– Howard Axel, Producer, TMT Entertainment Group
– Joseph Scarpinito, Executive Producer
– Joseph Laurita, Executive Producer
– David Greenberg, Co-Executive Producer
– Andrew Lund, Co-Executive Producer
Cinematographer – DAN HERSEY
Dan has worked for years with Cicala Filmworks, shooting award-winning documentaries and features such as CONTESTED STREETS (2006), and ARRANGED (2007). He has also worked on such highly regarded features as THE SAVAGES (2007) and THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (2005).
Editor – ERIN GREENWELL
Erin has worked with Cicala Filmworks for years, editing films such as ARRANGED (2007) and content for many clients, including Roundabout Theatre, Prep for Prep, Times Square Alliance and The March of Dimes. She has also directed several features herself, including BIG DREAMS IN LITTLE HOPE (2006).
Producing Company – CICALA FILMWORKS, INC.
Cicala Filmworks is a full-service film, video, and new media production company headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1997 by Diane Crespo and Stefan Schaefer, the company has grown to produce content as varied as documentary programming, industrial videos, TV commercials, music videos, new media installations, and feature films. In the last three years, the company has produced five films, among them the multiple award-winning feature films ARRANGED and THE AMAZING TRUTH ABOUT QUEEN RAQUELA.
Other Producing Companies:
– TMT Entertainment Group partners, Howard Axel and Tina Thor, are longtime Imperioli managers and frequent producers and collaborators. Having produced several Studio Dante plays, THE HUNGRY GHOST is the first film they worked on with Imperioli and Cicala Filmworks. They primarily represent actors in NY and LA.
– Cinema Dante
US PREMIERE on Feb. 5th & 6th, 2010 at
25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival
STEVEN R. SCHIRRIPA (playing lead role of 'Frank')
Steve Schirripa was born in Brooklyn. A series regular on David Chase's acclaimed HBO drama "The Sopranos," the Brooklyn College graduate's acting odyssey began while working at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
As the one time entertainment director of The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Steve worked with such comedians as Drew Carey, Kevin Pollack and Bruce Baum. His cameo roles in their comedy specials led to episodic work on the big and small screen. Over the years he has guest starred on "Joey," "Enterprise," "Law & Order," "My Wife and Kids", "Ed," "The George Lopez Show," and "The King of Queens." He is also a regular guest on the talk show circuit, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and many more.
Steve's big screen credentials are as formidable as his portrayal of Bobby Bacala on "The Sopranos." He's played memorable roles in DUANE HOPWOOD, HIGH ROLLER (with Michael Imperioli), MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM (with John Turturro), MEET JOE DIRT (with David Spade) and SEE SPOT RUN (with David Arquette). He's also appeared in DETROIT ROCK CITY, FLINTSTONES-VIVA ROCK VEGAS, Martin Scorsese's CASINO, and Terry Gilliam's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.
AUNJANUE ELLIS (playing lead role of 'Nadia')
Aunjanue Ellis is an accomplished film, TV and theatre actor. Her film credits number over fifteen, including box-office hits such as RAY, UNDERCOVER BROTHER and MEN OF HONOR. On the small screen she has had recurring roles on "E-Ring", "Justice", "Johnny Zero" and, most recently, HBO's "True Blood." She holds a B.A. from Brown University and studied acting in the graduate program at NYU.
NICK SANDOW (playing lead role of 'Gus')
New York actor Nick Sandow has over twenty films to his credit, including Swimf@n, CONNIE & CARLA and RETURN TO PARADISE. TV credits include recurring roles on such hit shows as "Third Watch" and "Law & Order."
He is also well known for his stage work, including work at Studio Dante, where he starred in "Baptism by Fire", directed by Michael Imperioli.
SHARON ANGELA (playing Lead role of 'Sharon')
Sharon Angela is a veteran actor of stage and film. Perhaps best known for her work on "The Sopranos," in which she played the character of Rosalie Aprile, she has worked consistently for over twenty years in NY theatre, TV and film. Her first professional gig was playing Tina in "Tony and Tina's Wedding" and since then has appeared in over fourteen films, among them: GHOST DOG, TWO FAMILY HOUSE, ON THE RUN, THE DUTCHMASTER, RED PASSPORT and LBS.
She studied acting with Elaine Aiken and for many years sang, played harmonica, produced, created sets and costumes, and did hair and make-up with the Zoo Theater on East 4th Street.
Select theater credits include "The Mayor's Limo," "The Father" and "Sicilian Limes." She has worked with Michael Imperioli and the Studio Dante team for many years as an acting coach and Board Member. She grew up in the projects, in a part of Connecticut that is not included in the state's brochures.
EMORY COHEN (playing lead role of 'Matthew')
Emory is a young actor from New York City. He recently graduated from Elisabeth Irwin High School and is studying acting on a full scholarship at UArts in Philadelphia. THE HUNGRY GHOSTS marks his fist leading role in a feature film.
PAUL CALDERON - whose credits include PULP FICTION, GIRLFIGHT, 21 GRAMS, among many others.
JOHN VENTIMIGLIA - known for his work on THE SOPRANOS and in films such as PERSONAL VELOCITY, TREES LOUNGE, among over 40 others.
JERRY GRAYSON - whose film credits include STRIPTEASE, FIND ME GUILTY, PUSHING TIN and TV credits include "The Sopranos" and "Law & Order."