New Jersey filmmaker Frank Gigante and Enrico Muzzi are teaming up to film “The Other Side,” an independent project produced by Gigante’s company My Way Produzioni. The film examines racial stereotypes and how prejudices are formed, with a focus on the Italian-American culture.
“The Other Side” features many New Jersey locations such as Valentino’s on Park in Rutherford and interviews important New Jersey Italian-Americans such ex-Senator Anthony Scardino and prominent Newark-based attorney Anthony Pope.
The film also features recognizable personalities from the entertainment industry such as actor Danny Aiello of “The Godfather II” fame, whose passion for this project spills over in a detailed interview to be featured in the film.
Muzzi, of Bologna, Italy, first made an international name for himself with his film “The Variable,” winner of the “Best Film” award at the 2013 New York Denouement Film Festival.
The film comments on the Italian economic crisis through the story of Silvano, a middle-aged man who suddenly finds himself out of work and struggling to find a new job, a situation affecting millions worldwide.
Gigante, the son of Italian immigrants that settled in Hoboken, recently produced a pilot episode for upcoming TV series “Work of Art” directed and co-produced by Vincent Scarza from “Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force” and “The Live Aid Concert,” the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time.
Muzzi will also be the director of photography for Gigante’s short film “Broken Silence” about bullying and today’s youth.