Film Title:  Frankie (Italian Roulette)

Filmmaker Name:  Francesco Mazza

Genre: Comedy

In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
It's about the struggle of the Italian immigrant Frankie Tramonto to live his American Dream in contemporary New York city.

What inspired you to make this particular film?
My experience as an immigrant in New York, where I moved in 2012. 

What’s the best experience you had making this film? What’s the worst?
Why?
The best was getting to work with some fantastic actors and actresses, the kind of talents you can only find in New York.

The worst was dealing with an environment which is not very friendly towards indie productions anymore and very demanding in terms of money. 

In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made? The worst? Why?
My favorite films are Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange and Rocky. I'm incapable of naming one because they all tap into something unique and give you insights both on the society we live in and the inner part of ourselves. 

Worst film ever made? Probably any contemporary Italian comedy - full of stereotypes from last century. 

RE: a short bio… Tell us about your start in filmmaking. Who are your
heroes? Did you get your start as an actor? A screenwriter? A grip?
I worked for many years as a featured writers for some of the most popular TV shows of my country (Italy). I then  moved to New York to pursue a career in filmmaking. Besides Frankie (Italian roulette) that gives me the honor to take part to some of the most important festival in the U.S. I shot a documentary called "Graffiti a New York"  on the birth and raise of graffiti writing in the American society during the 70's and the 80's. It was  broadcasted in Europe by Sky Art last fall. I'm working to do a version for the American market. 

Tell us about your connection to Mississippi. If you don’t have one,
why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
It' always time for a trip to Mississippi, and if you do it for a film festival, that's even better! 

Tell us about your social media presence:
You can follow me on Facebook (Francesco Mazza) or on twitter @dirfmazza or instagram @dirfmazza.  For additional content, including film clips of recent projects, see my website francescomazza.com.