The Film

Director's Statement

Synopsis

Trailer

Crew Bios

Behind the Scenes

Crew Bios


NADINE C. LICOSTIE (Director/Producer)

Nadine's range of experience in the entertainment industry spans nearly 20 years and a variety of disciplines. With a passion for theatre, film, television and new media, she has produced projects with some of the top talent in television, film and theatre including Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Kim Catrall, Jane Curtin, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Jim Dale, Donna Murphy, David Copperfield, Mariah Carey, Gloria Gaynor, and The Jersey Boys, and The Blue Man Group.

As a director, Nadine is focused on creating stories that resonate politically and socially while also attaining entertainment value. Film and television projects include The Good Mother of Abangoh, The Best of the GLAAD Media Awards (MTV Networks), GLAAD Image (The L Word Season 4 DVD), and the Be an Ally, Be A Friend PSA Campaign for GLAAD.

Through Red Thread Productions, Nadine is also developing 3 feature films along with director/writer Phil Allocco including Margate, 5lbs of Pressure and the feature bio-pic on Sister Jane, entitled, The Good Mother of Abangoh.

Also in development is The Defender, an episodic drama series for television which Nadine has created and written.

Nadine produced Allocco's short film Joseph Henry which has traveled the festival circuit and won numerous awards including "Best of Category" at the Damah Film Festival, the "Audience Choice Award" at the Hollyshorts Film Festival, "Best Cinematography" at the Staten Island Film Festival, the "2nd Place Prize" at the IndieProducer Short Film Contest and won the "Special Jury Award" at the USA Film Festival.

Nadine is a partner of Red Thread Productions and her client list includes CBS, ABC, Court TV, Discovery Channel, HGTV, American Express, and Lucent Technologies. As an Executive Producer, Nadine has led teams of writers, graphic designers, editors and multimedia programmers creating award winning national television commercials, promotion, interactive media, and corporate events. Projects for CBS, Discovery Online, The Travel Channel, ABC, and Discovery Channel have won the PROMAX Gold Award, The Telly Award, and The International Monitor Award.

Nadine began her career in the arts while achieving a B.F.A at New York Institute of Technology and pursuing work as a stage manager at independent theatre companies in the New York City theatrical community. Her relationships include the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Writers' Theatre, and Queens College Theatre at Colden Center.


CONNIE GRAZIA (Producer)

Connie has been a vibrant part of the New York production community for 20 years. She began her career in educational video, moving into commercial and corporate production in the 1990's.

She is a partner of Red Thread Productions which was established in 2000. Connie has produced and directed both documentary and dramatic projects, image packages, public service announcements, promos, opening modules, patient profiles, leadership and training video.

In 2007 Connie directed a series of documentaries featuring eight bipolar patients across the United States. Each profile included the unique perspectives of their doctors and family members. Film producing credits include The Good Mother of Abangoh, Last Dance at The Roxy, and Joseph Henry.

Since 1995 Connie has led a team of designers, animators and programmers to create the CBS Upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall. She also produced the speaker support for the CBS Keynote Presentation at CES. Joining Leslie Moonves were Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise, along with Ileen Chaiken and Jennifer Beals of The L Word.

Working in a broad spectrum of film and video formats, her clients include VIACOM, CBS, ABC, LOGO, GLAAD, Court TV, Verizon Wireless, SONY, AstraZeneca, santofi aventis, Pfizer, Prudential and NY Downtown Hospital.

Connie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Communications Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego.


DANIEL MARRACINO (DP) Daniel Marracino grew up in the MTV school of crash and burn television, working as a Director of Photography on shows like Cribs and Beach House.He has shot dozens of buzz clips and DVD extras on multiple seasons of Sex and the City, Oz, The Sopranos and scores of other HBO original films.

Daniel has worked on documentaries for MTV News and VH1, covering films such as On Parole with ODB, The New Swingers, Club Drugs, and DMC: My Adoption Journey (which won an Emmy in 2006). From 2006-08 Daniel worked on three documentaries that went theatrical: He filmed roughly half of What Would Jesus Buy?, and the third act of Sicko, the third highest grossing documentary of all time.

Recently, Daniel captured Morgan Spurlock's Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, for which he was embedded with US troops in Southern Afghanistan and was awarded the BTEC Level Three (Advanced) qualification through Britain's NQF for Surviving Hostile Regions. He has has spent extensive time in the Middle East and Northern Pakistan as well. Daniel in is currently in principal photography on Faster, a feature documentary about a 60 day juice fast with miraculous results.


PHIL ALLOCCO (Editor) In 2007 Allocco was one of fifty directors hand picked by Steven Spielberg after a world wide search of over twelve thousand for his first TV series in over twenty years, “On The Lot,“ on FOX, produced by Spielberg and Mark Burnett.

Allocco has written & directed several short films including Joseph Henry, which won “Best of Category“ at the Damah Film Festival, the “Audience Choice Awards“ at the Hollyshorts Film Festival, the "Best Director" and "Best Script" awards at the Directors Chair Film Festival, the “Best Cinematography“ at the Staten Island Film Festival, the “2nd Place Prize” at the IndieProducer Short Film Contest and won the “Special Jury Award” at the USA Film Festival. His short screenplay for the film was a finalist in the Cyclone Entertainment Group’s 8th Annual Screenwriter’s Project, American Gem Short Script Competition, 12th Annual Writer’s Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition and The Bare Bones Script-2-Screen Fest. His first film Delivered, won “Best Comedic Short” and was runner-up for “Best Short” and at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology’s 2004 World Tour. It was also nominated for the “Grand Jury Award” at The Bare Bones International Film Festival. His short film The Mirror screened at over The Mirror” screened at over 30 festivals and received honorable Mention at The 2006 IFCT for best screenplay. His feature script We Shall Be Forgiven was a finalist in The 9th Annual Fade In Awards, The Indiefest Film Festival Chicago and The Beverly Hills Film Festival, a semi- finalist at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival and The Bare Bones International Film Festival, and received honorable mention at the 2005 Cinequest Film Festival.

Allocco joined Red Thread Productions in early 2005 and produced and edited The Best of the GLAAD Awards for Logo. Prior to joining Red Thread Allocco was the associate producer, segment director and editor of the TV series Repo Men Stealing for a Living on TLC starring Vincent Pastore. He was also the associate producer of The Talent Collector for AMC and helped pitch and develop the show. He has also directed and edited numerous TV pilots, commercials and industrials.

With an extensive background in the visual arts, new media, and music, Allocco began his career as a musician and singer/songwriter. He was the driving force behind two bands that were under contract with MCA and Def Jam/Mercury records. Law and Order released two international records with MCA, Guilty of innocence, 1988 and Rites of Passage, 1992, and toured with acts such as Pearl Jam and Blind Melon. In 1989, after the band hosted 30 writers at a national press conference in Memphis, TN, Allocco was awarded honorary citizen and given the key to the city.

In 1995 Dogma was signed to Def Jam/Mercury and released Feeding the Future in1997. Both bands toured the US and Europe, and had several songs reach top ten on college radio. Allocco performed in, and helped develop five music videos, three of which appeared on MTV, where he made several guest appearances.


SALVADORE POE (Composer) Salvadore attended Berklee College of music in Boston where he studied jazz arranging and composition. In the early 90's he founded and led the rock band Spread Eagle, which released two albums on MCA records and included two videos that were aired on MTV. After touring for a few years with this band he decided to put his composing talents to work for movies and television. His first project was a co-composition for the guitar driven film score of 'The Basketball Diaries', featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg. At around this time he was also asked to compose the theme opening for VH-1's 'Rock'n'Roll Picture Show'. This successful show ran for several years. He also composed the show opening for VH-1's 'Behind the Music', which still airs today. Along with these shows Salvadore composed several other pieces for VH-1 as well as for CNN, CBS and the 1998 Winter Olympics.

In 2001 Salvadore moved to Europe where he wrote the songs, music and lyrics, for an entire album of bossanova jazz performed by Swedish singer Lisa Ekdahl. This highly acclaimed album, entitled 'Lisa Ekdahl sings Salvadore Poe', complete with orchestral arrangements, was very successful throughout Europe and became a Gold selling album in France. From this he was asked to compose for two of France's biggest stars. He wrote a song, 'All I Really Want is Love', for one of France's superstars, Henri Salvador. He also co-wrote 3 songs with another famous singer, Elie Semoun. While living in Europe Salvadore composed the music for the short movie, 'The Mirror', written and directed by New York filmmaker Phil Allocco.

In 2004 Salvadore decided to take a break and moved to India where he lived for three years. There he continued to write songs for his own forthcoming album entitled Weightless.

Salvadore has recently moved back to New York City where he is once again composing for movies and television.