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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VINCENT PASTORE TO STAR IN A MAFIA TALE
New York, NY, February 9, 2009 - Vincent Pastore, aka “Big Pussy Bonpensiero” in the award-winning HBO series “The Sopranos,” has been signed to star in Gotham-based Pavaline Studios’ upcoming short. The film will be scripted by the winner of Pavaline’s Filmmakers Network Mafia Short Script Competition, the first in a series sponsored by the recently established indie studio.
“I am very happy to be a part of this competition,” Pastore expressed. “I have always been a strong supporter of independent films and look forward to reading many interesting scripts.” Paul Borghese, having worked with many Italian American actors, including Pastore, and who is no stranger to the Mafia Genre, has been set to helm the project as director and will have a hand in the screenplay selection process.
With a February 21st submission deadline the contest winner for the Mafia Short Script Competition will be announced in April, and production slated for late spring. Joseph James, Jr., Executive Producer for Pavaline Studios, has added a sense of importance for the entire slate of short films to be produced this year. “We value our short films and their writers the same way we do our features. We will use marquee lead actors in our shorts and support their submission to leading film festivals as well.”
Pavaline Studios has been active in the development marketplace, including its partnership with DreamAgo, an international script-to-film development association. In addition to soliciting screenplays through Pavaline.com’s open door submission policy, the East Coast studio has participated in last year’s IFP Emerging Narrative in NY, co-sponsored events at the AFI/AFM, and was a favorite exhibitor at the Screenwriting Expo in LA where they registered nearly 1,000 screenwriters to the website.
About Pavaline: Founded in April, 2008 in New York City, Pavaline Studios is a creative environment with an innovative approach to developing and producing films that matter. In addition to utilizing a proprietary management platform for production, the studio created an online Filmmakers Network to find and cultivate talent and material from all over the world. For more information about Pavaline Studios, log onto www.pavalinestudios.com and for more on the Filmmakers Network, script submissions and competitions, see www.pavaline.com.
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