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Reckoning: The film about my grandfather, the jewish mafioso. The choices he made and the consequences he faced. $14k in 14 days.
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My grandfather was a Jewish mobster in Cuba and Florida.  He succeeded beyond most people's dreams.  And he lost everything in the blink of an eye.

Grandpa Ben at his bar, the Brass Rail
Grandpa Ben at his bar, the Brass Rail

Burglars stole his cash, rare coins, gems and guns.  Late in life he'd left his Alzheimers afflicted wife home alone - and a crew with inside knowledge of what to look for posed as utility workers and made off with most of what he'd 'earned' over 60 years of crime.

The movie is inspired by those events.  It represents a cinematic redemption for a life mis-spent.

Me, My Grandfather and his wife, Lil
Me, My Grandfather and his wife, Lil

Now, narcissism has gone from a diagnosis to a recipe for success in America, and I'm desperate to offer a glimpse of who we are becoming as a culture.  We are the sum of our choices, and this movie is about owning the decisions you make that make up your life.

My Grandpa's life ended without his ever coming to terms with the things he'd done. Reckoning offers the rest of us a chance to avoid his fate. 

Starring Academy Award Winner Richard Dreyfuss as Ben Myers, Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino as his daughter, Nick, DW Moffett as Congressman Billings, Cress Williams as Jimmy and Pruitt Taylor-Vince as Tommy, Reckoning begins filming February 2nd in Savannah, Georgia.  

Shooting RD as Grandpa Ben in Grandpa Ben's Bar
Shooting RD as Grandpa Ben in Grandpa Ben's Bar

Written and Directed by Adam Lipsius ("16-LOVE," and "Amy & Sophia," and Produced by Dark Castle Entertainment President, Alex Mace ("Orphan" and "Joy"), this movie will be released in 2020 - North American distribution has already been secured.  

But we need your help to finish the bits & pieces that inevitably come up at the end of a shoot. Lets get Reckoning to the big screen in style! 

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