Anthony Costa [Writer/Director]
Anthony is “The Miracle Movie Man” says Jesus Alvarez of Vortex Magazine.
Kristian Fraga (Arts & Entertainment) and biographer of acclaimed Hollywood director,
Tim Burton, states: “He [Anthony] is one of the most innovative film artists around.”
Adam Zoblotsky (ranked the 6th Best Film Festival director in America by the
entertainment bible, the “Ross Report”) says: “Anthony consistently writes and
directs great movies that are both powerful and entertaining.”
Anthony has also worked with Academy Award Winners and Actor’s Studio Members,
and his films have won numerous awards and accolades, such as:
Best Director (angelciti Los Angeles International Film Festival)
Best Actor & Best Editor (New York City Filmmakers Festival)
Most Popular Film (Long Island Film Festival Stony Brook)
Best Director (Santa Fe International Film Festival)
Critics around the country said Anthony’s last feature film was…
Monumental – The Detroit News
An Incredible Cinematic Achievement – Fox News
A Modern Classic – Arts & Entertainment
Striking In It’s Sinister Beauty – Ann Arbor News
Together Anthony and his partner, Cinematographer & Technical Expert,
Darren Levine are creating a “fast-paced & powerful” new feature film about:
*Halting the corruption of America’s “rich & powerful”…
*Smashing a horrific “child trafficking” ring right here in the U.S. and…
*Forcing an immoral “Wall Street Firm” to pay for their crimes…
To learn more about Anthony and Darren’s extensive credits, see the links further down
in the “Learn About Us” section.
The Story (inspired by actual events):
“After a daring, daylight robbery of a high-end Wall Street Investment Firm, several
prominent NYC judges show up – dead – still dressed in their judicial robes. Their
bodies have been placed at the foot of iconic New York City sites such as:
the Statue Of Liberty… the Empire State Building… Yankee Stadium…
the U.N Building… and Times Square!
Detective Michael Maggio confronts his main suspect, a man known only as “Silver”.
When questioned, Silver reveals that both cases – the Wall St. robbery, and the dead
Judges – were actually linked. He also reveals the true nature of the Judges… Each of
them was heavily involved in “child trafficking” and the sexual exploitation of children.
Silver provides enough information, so that Detective Maggio knows it’s all true. Then
the detective decides on a greater justice and allows Silver to carry on. Later, he and
Silver create a Children’s Support Center with the money that Silver gained from the
original “Wall Street” investment firm robbery.
Why we’re making this film & why we appreciate your help.
A Special Note From Anthony:
Three years ago, I had the good fortune to be accepted into, and then later receive
two awards (Best Actor and Best Editor) at the New York City Filmmakers’ Festival.
At that time, it was my pleasure to meet the festival director, Darren Levine, who is
also a professional cinematographer by trade. He had an easy-going, friendly demeanor,
and it was obvious that this bright, dedicated man loved movies and the people who
In particular, Darren loved “indie” (independent) filmmakers because they somehow
manage to create their art without the assistance of big studios and big money.
Being an indie filmmaker, myself, I could not have agreed with Darren’s sentiments more.
And so, about a year after Darren and I met, when I decided to start my next project,
I thought I’d give Darren a call to see if he’d like to get involved.
To my delight, he told me that he’d been looking into what his next project might be,
and was thinking of calling me too. And so, after an extensive in person meeting, we
decided to team up and go forward together.
Now, not only do we both love movies, but like most people of late, Darren and I are
very concerned about the excesses of the top executives within the Banking Industry,
and on Wall Street. So we decided to create an exciting and intriguing drama about
that particular subject.
However, around that same time, we saw a very disturbing Special News Bulletin
about “Judges & Attorneys” being actively involved in child trafficking and the
sexual exploitation of children.
It was then that we both agreed our next feature film ought to do more than just
“excite and entertain”. It should also be about these two very important topics, if we
could only find a way of combining the two very diverse story lines.
We desperately wanted to raise awareness about the atrocities happening to children
around the world, especially right in our own back yards, here in the U.S.. However,
we also wanted to continue bringing attention to the failed financial system that was,
and still is, wrecking havoc to the vast majority of Americans.
Therefore, as socially conscious filmmakers we decided to make a suspenseful,
modern film noir which would be inspired by all the actual events that we had been
seeing and hearing so much about. Also, in order to ensure that the film was as true
to life as possible, we invited retired NYC Detective, Scotty Dillin to come aboard,
and he accepted.
Scotty is now a well-known Police Technical Adviser who’s been instrumental in keeping
some of Hollywood best crime dramas on the right track including “A Perfect Murder”, with
Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen… “American Gangster” starring
Russell Crow and Denzel Wasgington… and “Analyize That” featuring Robert Deniro,
Billy Crystal and Chazz Palminteri (from “A Bronx Tale”).
Our hope was to keep everything so real and exciting, that it would capture an audience’s
imagination with a powerful and riveting movie based on a script that I would write. Then,
Darren and I would produce it together, and create a feature film which would contain all
the elements we wanted to express and share with an audience.
Fortunately, we now have that script (see readers’ comments to the upper right under
“The Script”). Additionally, filming has been going spectacularly well, and we’re already
about 85% complete. You can click on the Photo Page to view some “production grabs”
a.k.a. still photos, from our actual footage.
(Please click below to listen to a recent radio interview Anthony did in Philadelphia
about raising awareness regarding child-tracking.)
If you’re wondering,”Can we really do such a high quality, realistic movie, inspired by
actual events, without a Major Studio behind us?” The answer is: “Yes, we can.” Here’s how and why…
Although Anthony’s worked with Academy Award Winners and Actor’s Studio Members,
he is a “fiercely private and independent man” and has intentionally decided to stay free of
the “Hollywood Studio System”.
In fact, Anthony is so private and independent-minded that he still has not chosen to list his
film history, credits, and awards on IMDB (even though he was graciously invited to after
one particular festival win). He also has not created a personal Facebook or Twitter account despite several requests from his closest friends and associates to do so.
However because of this fierce independence, in order to still make quality films through
the years, Anthony was forced to form close relationships with a number of top industry professionals. Those professionals provide a vast amount of goods & services to us at a fraction of the usual cost!
For example, in addition to Scotty Dillion as our police technical adviser, recently, both
Matt and Gino of the upscale, posh eatery and hangout the “Park Avenue Tavern”
agreed to let Anthony and I film there for one of the most important scenes in the movie.
It’s an in demand destination on the corner of 39th and Park that has appeared in many
other projects and commercials as well.
Adding contributions such as these, along with what we already contributed ourselves
makes our practical working budget actually stretch much farther than it might otherwise
be able to, even though we are not affiliated with a Studio.
Also, remaining successful independent “indie” filmmakers, has required both Anthony
and Darren to create and design a number of innovative production techniques. Those
techniques allow us to keep our production costs very, very low, all while maintaining
extremely high production value for each film.
Anthony’s film experience, along with Darren’s cinematographer’s expertise (both in
digital acquisition, and the most up-to-date technologies) also allows our films to be
shot in far less time than it takes other less knowledgeable or resourceful filmmakers.
The importance of Sound Design…
The world’s best directors such as: Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese, Coppola, Stone and
others all say that sound is equally, if not MORE important to the production quality
of any film than the visuals themselves!
We totally agree, and we already have a “master sound designer” aboard who will
create and enhance all the sounds needed for each scene in order to maximize the
film’s overall impact and feel.
Where can you learn more about us?
Please click on the links directly below to see our extensive bios.
Learn more about Writer/Director Anthony Costa…
Learn more about Cinematographer/Technical Expert Darren Levine… http://wp.mediahalo.com/members/dlevine/
We Greatly Appreciate Your Support
We greatly appreciate your support, and we will continually provide you with
“behind the scenes” access of what we’re doing, along with other rewards as
an acknowledgement of that support. And, along the way, we will do our best
to keep you updated and entertained regarding the entire process.
*Although we are shooting the film “in color“ it will be highly stylized as a
Modern Film Noir/Suspense, honoring the great Hollywood Classic films
such as: The Third Man, and The Maltese Falcon, and also more recent
classics, like The Usual Suspects.