This is super exciting news for Bronxites. City Island is no stranger to film and television crews -- many productions film there, but they always seem to portray the island as a faraway quaint seaside setting. (Every time I watch 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' I think to myself, where the hell was this filmed? Turns out...City Island.)
Raymond De Felitta, the film's writer and director, was determined to keep the movie as authentic and true to New York as possible. The lead character, Vince Rizzo (portrayed by Andy Garcia), is a corrections officer who has lived on City Island his whole life and is afraid to admit to his family that his lifelong dream is to become an actor. Here's the trailer if you're interested in learning more about the film:
We've been invited to attend a screening of 'City Island' in March, and we can't wait to see it and report back to you all! In the meantime, you can learn more about the making of the movie by following Raymond De Felitta's blog, www.moviestildawn.blogspot.com. More here in a New York Post piece about the movie.