INTERVIEW: ‘City Island’ Director’s Tribute To Working Class Families is a Sleeper Hit

INTERVIEW: ‘City Island’ Director’s Tribute To Working Class Families is a Sleeper Hit

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in City Island, Interviews

By CARL KOZLOWSKI [From Breitbart.com] Amid a spring movie season awash in mega-budgeted, big-studio releases, only one film has consistently shot up the box office charts week after week – rising more than 200 percent last weekend alone. That film is the delightfully funny movie “City Island,” starring and co-produced by Andy Garcia, and as […]

Interview: Raymond De Felitta, Director of ‘Rob the Mob’ Starring Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda

Interview: Raymond De Felitta, Director of ‘Rob the Mob’ Starring Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Interviews, Rob the Mob

By Danny Miller [From Cinephiled.com] New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie have two things in common: a crazy-passionate love for each other and — after they’re caught robbing a florist on Valentine’s Day — prison records. Trying to go straight, Rosie lands a job at a debt-collection agency run by Dave […]

Interview: Raymond De Felitta’s Unconventional True Crime Flick, Rob the Mob

Interview: Raymond De Felitta’s Unconventional True Crime Flick, Rob the Mob

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 in Interviews, Rob the Mob

By Edward Douglas [From Comingsoon.net] When it comes to New York City filmmakers, you have your Woody Allens and your Spike Lees and Martin Scorseses, but in recent years, a new breed of filmmakers has emerged trying to tell some of the other 8 million stories set in the city. Granted, filmmaker Raymond De Felitta is not […]

“BOOKER’S PLACE”: Director Reports a ‘Chilly Silence’…

“BOOKER’S PLACE”: Director Reports a ‘Chilly Silence’…

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 in Booker's Place, Interviews

“BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY”: Director Reports a ‘Chilly Silence’ About Film From Some Greenwood Residents [From Channelnonfiction.com] In 1965, Frank De Felitta traveled to Greenwood, Miss., to shoot the NBC documentary “MISSISSIPPI: A SELF PORTRAIT.” The murder of three civil rights workers in 1964 just outside Philadelphia, Miss., as well as other race-related crimes […]

IINTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta and Yvette Johnson talk Booker’s Place

IINTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta and Yvette Johnson talk Booker’s Place

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 in Booker's Place, Interviews

By Wilson Morales [From Blackfilm.com] Playing at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival is an incredible documentary called ‘Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,’ which is about an African-American waiter named Booker Wright, who gave an incredibly honest interview about racism in the south in 1965. In 1965, documentary filmmaker Frank DeFelitta traveled to Mississippi to shoot […]

INTERVIEW: The Leonard Lopate Show

INTERVIEW: The Leonard Lopate Show

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 in Audio, Booker's Place, Interviews

“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” [From WNYC.org] In 1965, Frank De Felitta made a documentary about the civil rights struggle in the Mississippi Delta. A black waiter named Booker Wright, who worked at a “whites only” restaurant, spoke openly about his thoughts on segregation in the film, and as a result, he lost his job […]

City Island: Interview with writer/director Raymond De Felitta

City Island: Interview with writer/director Raymond De Felitta

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 in City Island, Interviews

By Emanuel Levy Raymond De Felitta is the writer/director “City Island,” which stars Andy Garcia, Juliana Margulies, and Alan Arkin. The dramedy was released by Anchor Bay Films in limited cities on March 19. “I wanted to explore how our painful pasts intrude on our present and future lives,” says De Felitta. “I believe if […]

INTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta (Part 2)

INTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta (Part 2)

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 in 'Tis Autumn, Interviews

By Marc Myers (From JazzWax.com) ‘Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris is more than a bio doc. The film focuses on the sweet-and-sour life of a nearly forgotten jazz singer in the twilight of his years. But‘Tis Autumn goes farther—grappling with the clash between artistic integrity and compromise, and exploring what happens when an artist’s ego […]

INTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta: Part 1

INTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta: Part 1

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 in 'Tis Autumn, Interviews

By Marc Myers [From JazzWax.com] Writer and director Raymond De Felitta’s documentary,‘TisAutumn: The Search for Jackie Paris, is already a cult classic. The film had its premier in New York earlier in December and, just like that, it was gone. Why this film isn’t being aired regularly on PBS or Ovation is beyond me. As I […]

INTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta on ‘Two Family House’

INTERVIEW: Raymond De Felitta on ‘Two Family House’

Posted on Nov 1, 2000 in Interviews, Two Family House

[From Contactmusic.com] Writer-director Raymond De Felitta used his own determined Italian-American uncle as the inspiration for Buddy Visalo, the luckless blue-collar dreamer who takes one last shot at following his heart in the life-affirming, Americana-lite comedy “Two Family House.” “About the first of the movie is a true story about my Uncle Buddy,” the filmmaker […]