A Monetary ‘Magician’ of Dirty Tricks in ABC Drama ‘Madoff’

A Monetary ‘Magician’ of Dirty Tricks in ABC Drama ‘Madoff’

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 in Madoff

(Reposted from the New York Times) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Don’t look to Richard Dreyfuss to defend Bernie Madoff. Dreyfuss, who plays this rapacious investment guru in ABC’s miniseries “Madoff” (airing Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. EST), isn’t about to plead Bernie’s case. “But actors don’t only play people they approve […]

One Director, One Miniseries

One Director, One Miniseries

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 in Madoff

(Reposted from the Director’s Guild) by ANN FARMER Not only does having a single director on a miniseries assure a unified vision, it can help the logistics of a complicated production. We asked five solo directors to describe their experience doing it all. A smoke machine wasn’t enough for Raymond De Felitta. While directing a […]

City Island and Two Family House: Two Screenplays

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 in Books

The new book by Raymond De Felitta is now available! Pick it up on Amazon today! “City Island and Two Family House: Two Screenplays” (and too much information on the making of two independent films) by Raymond De Felitta Two Family House introduces you to Buddy Visalo, a frustrated factory worker who can’t get over […]

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 […]

Dreaming of Staten Island

Dreaming of Staten Island

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Two Family House

By Richard Natale [From the Los Angeles Times] It’s as if you can hear Frank Sinatra crooning “My Way” in the background as “Two Family House” writer-director Raymond De Felitta discusses his circuitous route toward becoming a working filmmaker–a route that ended up being very personal. “There’s no real way to break into Hollywood,” De […]

‘Rob the Mob’ almost undone by story’s mafia connections

‘Rob the Mob’ almost undone by story’s mafia connections

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Rob the Mob

By John Horn [From the Los Angeles Times] Even in the annals of dumb crooks, Tommy and Rosemarie Uva weren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. In the early 1990s, the young Queens couple decided to stick up Mafia social clubs. In the abstract, the choice of location made sense. The clubs were filled with […]

‘Booker’s Place’: Exploring the South’s Troubled Legacy of Race

‘Booker’s Place’: Exploring the South’s Troubled Legacy of Race

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Booker's Place

by Raymond De Felitta [Featured in the Huffington Post] Recently I was asked if I thought the tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s killing would cause more people to take an interest in my new documentary, Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story. The film is about the deeply racist conditions that existed in the southern United States in […]

Director De Felitta opens his own ‘Cafe’

Director De Felitta opens his own ‘Cafe’

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in Café Society

[From Variety.com] NEW YORK — Earlier this year, writer-director Raymond De Felitta was walking around lower Manhattan when he stumbled upon the Screening Room, the hip cinema-restaurant. What a great place for a premiere, thought De Felitta. The film he had in mind was his own. Tonight De Felitta will hold a soiree at the […]

Paris, His Springtime and Fall

Paris, His Springtime and Fall

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in 'Tis Autumn

by Raymond De Felitta [Featured in The Guardian] Attempting to uncover information about the life and work of a long forgotten jazz singer in the pre-internet era was about as rewarding as attempting to locate a name in a book before the invention of the index. I first heard Jackie Paris on a Los Angeles […]

Director Raymond De Felitta Talks ‘Rob the Mob’, Italian food, and More

Director Raymond De Felitta Talks ‘Rob the Mob’, Italian food, and More

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Rob the Mob

By Dan Casey [From Nerdist.com] It may be hard to find a city as celebrated in film as New York; its rich pastiche of cultures, gritty underbelly, and ability to mold to fit whatever genre a director needs makes it one of the perfect cinematic backdrops. In particular, New York often serves as the canvas on […]