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Mobster Satire by Local Filmmaker to Premiere at Blue Back Square

'The Joe Baccala Story' will open in West Hartford on July 19.

The story of living a mobster lifestyle has been an audience favorite for years.  Many view The Godfather movies as the best ever produced and the HBO series The Sopranos was a hit for six consecutive seasons. Now, a local filmmaker is putting his touch on telling the mob story with a comedic style. 

The Joe Baccala Story is a satire and spoof that poses as a documentary, chronicling the life of supposed Connecticut mobster Giuseppe “Joe” Baccala.  He is a quintessential “wannabe” portraying himself as a tough-guy mobster. Everyone presumes Baccala to be a made guy, but it turns out that’s not necessarily the truth. The story is narrated by Joe Baccala and his childhood friend Billy C. from undisclosed locations across Connecticut.

“This mockumenatry uses humor to bring attention to bigger issues of Italian American stereotypes,” said writer and director Rocco Mesiti. “For the last 40 years, Hollywood and the mass media have portrayed Italians as guidos and mafiosos. This film pokes fun at a character who has assumed that role.”

The film’s cast of more than two dozen actors all hail from Connecticut and Massachusetts. Director and writer Rocco Mesiti is based in East Longmeadow, MA. The film will premiere on Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at .

The event promises to be nothing short of spectacular with special guests Italian Singer and soundtrack contributor Jimmy Alleva, who will perform one of his hits and Cav. Quintino Cianfalione President of C.O.M.I.T.E.S. of NY/CT and U.S. Coordinator of C.O.M.I.T.E.S., who will be the Master of Ceremony for the evening.

“You don’t have to travel across the country to California to find talent in cinema,” adds Mesiti. “We hope to spread the word that New England is ripe with aspiring movie makers and actors.”

To learn more visit www.joebaccala.com.

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