Curto is more than a Hollywood film. It is a voice for victims of abuse that they too can fight back and win. Read more
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About this project
ROCKY meets GOODFELLAS meets SCARFACE. A True Story.
Part Documentary/Part Narrative, CURTO recounts the life of Boxer, Mobster, Cartel Member, Vinnie Curto, and the doomed 1997 attempt to make the film of his life, "OUT ON MY FEET", starring Mark Wahlberg and Robert DeNiro. Like everything else in Vinnie's life, the movie came an inch away from the title before blowing up in his face.
What happens when the person in your corner is the most dangerous predator of all?
CURTO is much more than a fight film. It's the story of abuse; physical, emotional, and sexual. It chronicles a father's perverse hold over his son and the lasting effects of abuse. Throughout it all, Vinnie does the only thing he knows, keep punching... "It's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you get up".
By sharing his story with the world, Vinnie will inspire abused children to speak up and fight back.
Below is a post written by Vinnie on Boxing.Com, April 23, 2013:
If and when this documentary is completed, the boxing world will know the truth. In a sport where you need 100% positive mental condition to go along with the obvious physical, I fought every fight with 10% mental health, and I fought all the baddest fighters the world had to offer in this condition. I was fighting for my very existence, and nobody knew it. I hope this documentary will answer the many unanswered questions that plagued and helped my career. In recent years, I made peace with myself, along with Sylvester Stallone, and I posted a little something on Hagler’s website in the same spirit. A close friend of mine, named Rooshi Kumarpondya, who I met at McGill University in Canada, when I was preparing to fight this young lion named Eddie Melo helped me. Eddie Melo, God rest his soul, did his homework and found out about my child abuse as a kid, and he made snide remarks at the weigh in, that really got to me, about my father. Russ Anber, who I discovered up there when I was training, was attending the school and told me about Rooshi. When I went, Rooshi had the article on his desk, and said he saw all that was said about me and my father. He said, “Do you want to win!” I said, “That’s why I’m here.” He said, “Good, we will get started right away! Are you prepared to love this man?” My eyes got real wide, I took a deep breath, and I said, “Yes I am, Rooshi!” I beat him, after Don King had just signed him, everyone had thought he would win. Now, I am finally winning in the rest of my life. It sounds cliche, but Love IS the answer. It’s strange, over the years, when it seemed like it was me against the world, my two silent admirers, Larry Golin and his wife Patty, never forgot me, and they are the reason why this is coming to fruition. Thanks to all you readers also, so much, for all the contributions and support!!!!! VC
HURRAY for Kickstarter!
Kickstarter enables creative projects like CURTO to find the financial support they need from the public and allows you to be part of the team by pledging money towards our dream. In return, we offer life-long gratitude and reward gifts based on various donation levels. Kickstarter operates with an all-or-nothing model, so this campaign must reach its stated goal of $45,000 or we can’t keep ANY of the money pledged. You will ONLY be charged your pledge amount when we reach our ENTIRE funding goal. With these funds, we will be able to pay for Finishing Costs such as Sound Mixing, Color Corrections, Licensing Fees, Legal Fees, Music Rights and Clearances. With your financial support and word of mouth, we can get this done and share it with the world.
If we were to exceed our goal, it would allow us to film more narrative scenes starring well known actors and locations. With your help, we can take home the title!
Thanks for checking out CURTO, and remember, it's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you get up!
Click on the link below to read about the script that started it all, "Out on My Feet!"
hankkaplanarchive.wordpress.com - My name is Steven Calco and fortune has granted me the chance to work in the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive where I have spent the last year of my life processing boxing articles, programs, handbills, ...
Click on the link below to read about why Vinnie helps abused kids. He is truly a survivor and an inspiration to us all.
Check out the CURTO Page on facebook. Please share the Kickstarter link with EVERYBODY! Thank you!
Risks and challenges
I've been working on this project for 20 years and have compiled a lifetime of footage and material including scenes, anecdotes, fight films, newspaper clippings, and interviews to fill a full length feature film. The biggest hurdle remaining is trying to fit it all in. What we really need now are the funds necessary to finish it on a polished, professional level and get it out there to be seen. The KickStarter audience will now be aware of the project and spread the word through like-minded circles of friends that this film is a must see.
Our goal is to finish the film and find distribution. I have been won awards at festivals such as Tribecca (Cross Bronx) and Sundance (Loved Walked In) in the past and this film will hopefully find a place there as well. We won't stop until the bell rings!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have more footage to show. Let us know what you would like to see - more fights, more behind the scenes footage, more wild Hollywood stories, Vinnie training teens? Just write us and we will do our best to put it up as quickly as possible. Remember, all the footage that we have is pretty raw. That is why we are raising funds; to put the film together the best way we can. Please let us know your thoughts! Thanks!
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A big thank you from Vinnie and Larry for believing in this film and for helping make this dream come true. We will keep you updated on all the advances that come our way. Stay tuned and keep punching!Estimated delivery:
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THE JAB - A big thank you on the CURTO facebook page for supporting our title shot. We couldn't make this happen without you!Estimated delivery:
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NEW Reward! A digital download of the completed film AND exclusive clips from the making of the film that will make your heart melt and also make you laugh your ass off! We will send it right to your inbox!Estimated delivery:
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BODY SHOT - An autographed 8 x10 of Vinnie signed especially for you and a digital download of the completed film sent right to your inbox!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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THE MIDDLEWEIGHT - Movie Night IN! An autographed 8x10 of Vinnie and the DVD of CURTO sent to you or anyone you wish. Complete with a bag of popcorn! What a great gift!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE RIGHT HAND - An autographed 8x10 of Vinnie, a digital download or a DVD ( your choice) of the completed film and the original script of "Out on My Feet" sent right to your inbox!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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LEFT HOOK - ALL OF THE ABOVE plus a bad-ass "CURTO BOXING" t-shirt.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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THREE PUNCH COMBO - ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS a smelly boxing glove signed by Vinnie.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
UPPER CUT - ALL OF THE ABOVE plus a SKYPE call, COFFEE or DINNER with Vinnie and the director, Larry Golin, who have more tales of Hollywood than you could imagine. They'll tell you stories that will make your head spin. You will also be given a credit at the end of the film for your participation! One more thing - a portion of this donation will buy equipment for Vinnie's gym for at risk kids.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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KNOCKOUT - ALL OF THE ABOVE plus a signed first addition of Vinnie's upcoming book, "How to be a Fighter in Ten Days". It will give you the ability to be like Vinnie and "knock somebody the fuck out." should the occassion arise. And one more thing, a credit at the end of the film!Estimated delivery:
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THE CHAMP - ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS Associate Producer Credit AND a 1 week training session with Vinnie himself - the man Angelo Dundee proclaimed a "Defensive Wizard".
**Must be in the Southern California area or able to travel.
That means, you will receive an autographed 8x10, the CURTO DVD, the "Out on My Feet" script, a signed boxing glove by Vinnie, a "Vinnie" tee, dinner with the director and Vinnie, the book "How to be a Fighter in 10 Days", one week of extensive training with Vinnie, and Associate Producer Credit!Estimated delivery:
- (45 days)