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BAKED ZITI is a mob comedy about two low-level wiseguys, Sal and Pauly, who get orders to whack their boss’ rivals or get whacked themselves. But they’re thieves, not killers, desperate for a way to do the job and still survive. At Sonny's restaurant, they learn that a surprise death befalls any customer who sits with a guy named Louie — the joint’s best patron — when Louie eats baked ziti. But can Sal and Pauly pull off a miracle and bring everything together so the rivals die and they live?
Friends and family have been asking to see our work on the screen. We’ve gotten incredible feedback on BAKED ZITI, especially from members of We Make Movies in Hollywood—a terrific community of filmmakers and actors—who participated in table reads of the script and encouraged us to move forward. So, this is a chance to support our writing and acting, and enjoy the talents of our amazing cast and crew. We hope you’ll donate to help us make BAKED ZITI, a fun mob comedy, come to life.
Also, we wrote a killer monologue that you'll only see if we get to make the movie.
Director and Executive Producer SASCHA SCHNEIDER is an Emmy-winning producer of Hill Street Blues who directed the award-winning documentary Chuppa: The Wedding Canopy, and episodes of the TV series Berlin Break and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He is currently a producer on USA Network’s Graceland, and has produced and exec. produced numerous series including Commander in Chief, The Division, Dellaventura, Nash Bridges as well as the movies D-Wars: Dragon War, Nothing Special and more.
KAENAN OLIVER and DOMINIC OLIVER are award-winning writers who sold an MOW for the Lifetime network with their partner Jay Flynn, and have optioned projects separately and together. Flynn and the Olivers also wrote the novel Jitterbug Lift, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Dominic has produced and co-produced stage productions and co-directed the prize-winning short film Crushed, written by and starring Tirosh Schneider.
RONNIE MARMO is an award-winning quadruple threat who starred for three years on General Hospital; wrote, produced, directed and starred in the feature film West of Brooklyn and has appeared in many films and guest-starred in numerous TV series such as Adults Only and Jag. Among his theater work, he starred in the one-man show Lenny Bruce is Back, was nominated as a producer for an NAACP Award and is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre 68 in New York City and Los Angeles.
JAMES MARSHALL starred as popular biker James Hurley on the Twin Peaks series, and in the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. He starred in the major motion pictures A Few Good Men, Gladiator, and others. His first big break was playing the lead in a CBS Schoolbreak Special directed by Martin Sheen. James is a talented musician, composer and portrait artist.
CARMINE CARIDI is a Broadway veteran who appeared in Godfather II and Godfather III, Bugsy, played Gino Mascone in Prince of the City and Sam Giancana in Ruby. He recurred as Detective Vince Gotelli on NYPD Blue and was a series regular on Fame, Phyllis and Starting From Scratch, among his countless work in TV and film. He was Francis Ford Coppola’s original choice to play Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
DOMINIC OLIVER is the co-writer/co-executive producer of Baked Ziti. As an actor, he's appeared on stage, guest-starred in numerous series, movies and MOWs such as NYPD Blue, House, Double Bang (with William Baldwin), Dragon Wars: D-War, That Marino Thing and more. He feels lucky to have played dual roles as a fleet Commander and a Klingon in the multilevel video game, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.
LESLIE SIMMS currently stars as Sister Margaret in the Golden Globe-winning series Jane The Virgin. She has a stellar background on stage and has guest-starred and starred in TV series, shorts and films such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community, The Last American Virgin and the miniseries Captain and Kings.
CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK trained in improv with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Comedy Sportz, and in the Miesner technique at The William Esper Conservatory. He's starred on stage in I Am A Camera, among his theater work, and in films and new media including Hunt The Maguffin, Snuggle Bunny (Funny or Die), Heads & Tails, The Arizona Project, Finding Maria and more.
GINA JULIET is a graduate of Second City who appeared in Shrink (with Kevin Spacey), Angels and Demons, Moonlight Serenade (with Amy Adams) and on TV in General Hospital and Erroneous Convictions. Her theater roles include Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Bus Stop and Waiting for Lefty Off-Broadway. She continues to produce, write and star in her own short films, including the festival award-winning A Likely Story.
JULIAN ACOSTA jump-started his career on Denis Leary's heralded series "The Job" and hasn’t looked back, accruing numerous credits in film and on TV, including the series Dirt, Strong Medicine, The Defenders, Hollywood Heights, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Being Mary Jane. His acclaimed directorial stage debut of Short Eyes by Miguel Pinero at LATC was selected by the Department of Cultural Affairs to represent the city of Los Angeles at the International Hispanic Theatre Festival.
JOHN BIGHAM studied acting with Oscar® winner Olympia Dukakis. He currently stars in the web series Sweet Caroline and appeared in the feature films Trial and Error (with Jeff Daniels and Charlize Theron), Angel’s Dance and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. He wrote and co-directed the series Speed Faithing and co-stars in the new media films Delicious, The Pradys, King of the Road, eerieHarmony and more.
THOM RIVERA is an accomplished actor who did three seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival among other and repertory work. He has guest-starred on TV in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Llama Cop, and co-stars in the upcoming films Boone: The Bounty Hunter, Borderland, Heels and the series Speed Faithing.
Risks and challenges
Making a movie is always challenging but we have an incredible team behind the scenes, along with our expert cast. We’re part of We Make Movies (U.S. and Canada), a growing international community of more than 4000 talented actors, writers, directors, and skilled crewmembers. The experienced WMM community has directly funded, workshopped and produced more than 50 shorts and 6 features, and successfully rocked 3 Kickstarter campaigns. Once we receive the money, even if the film takes longer than expected to make, we always fulfill.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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