PLEASE NOTE: THESE FILMS HAVE ADULT THEMES AND ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.
Four Short Films by Anthony Marinelli
The first film on the program will be “Walt Whitman Never Paid For It,” about two brothers in Bensonhurst, one a semi-employed would-be poet (who also happens to be a 32 year-old virgin) and the other a neighborhood tough guy who pays a Ukrainian prostitute to put an end to his brother’s celibacy. Written by Angelo Berkowitz, adapted from his 2011 play which was originally presented in Chelsea Repertory’s E-merging Artist 1-Act Play Festival, the film went on to win the Audience Choice Award in the 2014 Richmond International Film Festival. Produced, Directed and Edited by Anthony Marinelli. Starring Angelo Berkowitz, Joseph Cassese and Amanda Greer.
The second film is “Acoustic Space.” A couple out to dinner at an elegant restaurant cannot complete a conversation due to their constantly ringing cell phones, which alters the course of their relationship, and serves as a comment on how technology has changed the way we communicate. “Acoustic Space” was originally presented on stage in 2014 and won the award for Best Play of the Season in the Strawberry One-Act Festival. The film adaptation won Best Original Screenplay in the Richmond International Film Festival in 2016 and screened in the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner. Written, Directed and Edited by Anthony Marinelli. Produced by Luloco Productions and Peregrine Films. Starring Joseph Cassese, Rick Schneider and Alison Parks.
Third on the list is “Subway,” a 2 minute short about a connection that is made between a man and a woman on a New York City subway train. Starring Patrick Avella and Rosa Rodriguez (who are now husband and wife), the film has screened in both the NY and LA New Filmmakers Series as well as Reel 13 on PBS.
Last but not least is “Marital Arts,” a short film about the art of marriage and a celebration of cinema. Joseph Cassese and Amanda Greer play a married couple in the midst of a heated argument who have agreed that neither of them can leave the bedroom until it is resolved. The film has so far screened in three festivals, including the 2017 Cannes Short Film Corner, and is currently a semi-finalist in NYC’s Katra Film Series.
Anthony Marinelli has written and directed for both theatre and film. On stage, he produced and directed Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” and Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” both in NYC. His one-act plays include “Acoustic Space” (2014 Best Play of the Season, Strawberry One-Act Festival) and “Another Famous Dead Artist” (semi-finalist, 2015 New York New Works Festival)
At Center Players, he directed a staged reading of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow” as well as full productions of Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam” and Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two.”
He has won awards for Best Play, Best Original Screenplay and Audience Choice as well as Best Video Diary for a Behind-the-Scenes video for “Another Famous Dead Artist.” His latest screenplay, “Books, Beds and Baths,” has been accepted into the HollyShorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition and is a semi-finalist for the Screen Craft Film Fund.
Anthony lives in Manalapan with his wife and three kids.