After the long career in front of the camera, and recent work with Martin Scorsese, Reed Morano, and a recent raft of indie filmmakers, Ray Romano got behind the camera for the formerly titled Mr. Russo. Production began this past April with the actor starring alongside Laurie Metcalf in a New York City dramedy that promises pasta sauce, hoops, arguments and other blue collar bliss. This acquisitions title is also a first film offering from TV series / Scrubs writer Mark Stegemann.
Gist: Leo (Romano) and Angela (Metcalf) Russo live a simple, blue-collar life in Queens, surrounded by the big personalities of their overbearing Italian-American family. When their lanky soft-spoken son ‘Sticks’ finds success on his high school basketball team and a chance at a life beyond what tradition expects, Leo tears the family apart trying to make it happen.
Production Co./Producers: Bonafide Productions’ Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. ICM Partners (domestic, international).