MICHAEL FRANZESE, SON OF COLOMBO CRIME FAMILY UNDERBOSS JOHN “SONNY” FRANZESE,
RECOUNTS HIS SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION IN TRUE LIFE DRAMA, GOD THE FATHER
Set to release in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 14, GOD THE FATHER takes us on the untold personal journey of Michael Franzese, a young and charismatic Capo in the Colombo Crime family during the 1980‘s-90‘s and whose notorious father, Sonny Franzese was also a renowned Underboss. Following in his father’s footsteps, in the mid-1980s, Fortune Magazine named Franzese as number #18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses”.
According to a Federal report, Franzese made more money for a crime family than anyone since Chicago Outfit boss, Al Capone. A revelation that Michael’s own father went along with a contract hit on his life, Michael’s love for his wife and children and the realization his own life was heading the same way as every other mob guy that came before him…straight to ST. JOHNS Cemetery in NYC, Michael took the decision to leave the ‘Life’.
GOD THE FATHER…utilizes every cinematic ingredient available to tell Michael Franzese’s remarkable journey from a ‘made man’ to a man of God. From choreographed dance sequences, traditional interviews, stock footage, visceral re-enactments and sophisticated animation sequences…specifically designed to show the more violent aspects of mob life, in a subtle and intelligent way. This film is the first time the Michael Franzese story has ever been told cinematically and with such originality and power.
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God The Father is narrated by Franzese himself and his story is told through a unique blend of archival footage, interviews, re-enactments, and animation. The film stars Tom Knight (“Doctors,” Amazing Grace, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, “EastEnders”), Bashar Rahal (The Expendables 3, The Legend of Hercules), George Georgiou (300: Rise of an Empire, Game of Thrones, Mamma Mia!), and Amanda Fernando Stevens (Cloud 9, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy). Co-written by Franzese and Moshe Diamant (The Black Dahlia, Tristan + Isolde), the true life drama is produced by Diamant, directed by Simon Fellows, and executive produced by Sagiv Diamant, Kevin Flannagan and Jonas McCord. The cinematographer is Academy Award-winner Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Long Goodbye, The River).
“Rocky Mountain Pictures is excited about working with the filmmakers of God The Father and the marketing team they have put together,” says Randy Slaughter, president of Rocky Mountain Pictures. “It’s a true story of redemption and one we hope will move many people to want to share Michael’s life experience with family and friends.”
The movie follows Franzese, son of Colombo underboss John “Sonny” Franzese, who drops out of college to become a mobster and eventually a captain in the Colombo crime family making over $1 billion in undocumented income for “the family.” While serving time in “the hole” in prison for racketeering, extortion, and tax fraud, Franzese discovers the Bible. Devouring its contents, he finds parallels between its teachings and his own experiences in the ‘Life’ translating into Franzese developing his own unique religious perspective and faith.
“I spent over 20 years on the street, every day in violation of both God’s laws and the laws of man,” says Franzese. “I could have easily been dead or in prison for the rest of my life like most all of my former associates. The fact that I am both alive and free makes me one of the most fortunate, blessed men alive. God the Father tells my story in a most unique and entertaining way. The producers held nothing back. I’m excited about it and I believe you will be, too.”
About Michael Franzese
Following in his father’s footsteps, in the mid-1980s, Fortune Magazine listed Franzese as number 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses.” According to a Federal report, Franzese made more money for a crime family than anyone since Chicago Outfit boss Al Capone. A revelation that his own father went along with the hit on him, the love for his family and a realizing his life was heading one way like every other mob guy before him, straight to St. Johns Cemetery in Queens, New York, Franzese took the decision to leave the ‘Life.’ An act thought impossible, he publicly walked away from the Colombo family and organized crime.
Today, Franzese speaks to audiences across the country about his past and transformation through a Christian ministry called Outreach and works diligently to re-direct the lives of at-risk-youth through his charitable organization, Michael Franzese Ministries. Franzese has also authored several books about his life, including “Quitting the Mob,” “Blood Covenant,” “I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse,” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Forgiven.”
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