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…
Please read on to learn more…
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 locations 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 – are actually linked. He also explains the true nature of the Judges… Each of
them was heavily involved in “child trafficking” and the sexual exploitation of children,
including a teenage girl that was very close to Silver himself.
Silver provides even more information, until Detective Maggio realizes that it’s all true.
Then, the detective decides on a greater justice and allows Silver to go free. Later, he
and Silver (through intermediaries) help to create an Abused Children’s Support Center
with the money that Silver gained from the original “Wall Street” robbery.
Why we’re making this film & why we appreciate your interest.
A Special Note From Anthony:
Four 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 loves movies and the people who
In particular, Darren loves “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 agree with Darren’s sentiments more. So,
about a year and a half after Darren and I met, when my wife and I were discussing
starting another project, I thought I’d give Darren a call to see if he’d like to join in.
To my delight, he told me that he’d been considering what his next project might be,
and was thinking of calling me too, which was a pleasant surprise for us both. Then,
after an extensive in person meeting, we decided to team up and go forward together.
Now, clearly Darren and I both love movies. But, like most people of late, we’re also very
concerned about the excesses of the top executives within the Banking Industry, and on
Wall Street, and how they have ripped off the American populous. So we decided to create
a fast-paced, intriguing drama about that particular subject.
Additionally, around the same time, I saw not one, but two Special News Bulletins. The
first was the exciting news about same sex marriages finally being legalized in New York.
Being social and human rights activists, this news pleased my wife and I very much.
However, the second news bulletin was a very disturbing report about “Judges & Attorneys”
being actively involved in child trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.
It was then that we all (my wife, Darren and I) agreed our next feature ought to do more than
just “entrall and entertain”. It should also be about these three very important topics. If only
I, as the writer, could find some way of combining the three very diverse subject matters,
into one cohesive storyline.
Of course, we now wanted to celebrate the human rights victory for our LGBT brothers and
sisters… And, we also 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… Not
to mention, that we remained committed to bringing attention to the failed financial system
that was, and still is, wrecking havoc on 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 a well-known Technical Adviser, retired NYC Police Detective, Scotty Dillin
to come aboard, and he enthusiastically accepted.
Scotty has been instrumental in keeping many of Hollywood’s best crime dramas on the
right track, such as: “A Perfect Murder”, with Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen, “American Gangster”, which stars Russell Crow and Denzel Wasgington, and “Analyze That”, featuring Robert Deniro and Billy Crystal.
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 bring to life.
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, I was able to create that script (see readers’ comments to the upper right,
under “THE SCRIPT”). Additionally, filming has gone spectacularly well, and we have
completed our principle photography… You can click on “PHOTOS” at the top of this
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
with the late, great Beryl Wolk about raising awareness regarding child-trafficking.)
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…
As we shared earlier, Anthony’s worked with Academy Award Winners and Actors’ Studio Members. However, 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.
Because of this fierce independence, and in order to still make quality films, through the years
Anthony has formed 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, the highly talented
visual artist, Alexandra “Alex” Ditullio (currently with Viacom & Nickelodeon) has agreed
to assist us with any special visual effects that our film may need.
Also, two of the owners, Matt and Gino of the posh, upscale 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. The tavern is an in demand destination on the corner of 39th and Park,
and has appeared in many TV, film and commercial projects.
Adding contributions such as those above, along with what we’ve already brought to the
table 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 relatively 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 resourceful, or knowledgeable filmmakers.
The very important aspect of Sound Design…
One of the ways that clever producers and directors keep costs down, while actually
increasing the production value of a film, is through the creative use of sound. In fact, 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 movie
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.
The Film Style
*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. (Again, please see some of our production stills by clicking
on our “PHOTOS” link at the top of this page to see how well we’ve already
accomplished this look.)
We Greatly Appreciate Your Support
Thanks so much, we greatly appreciate your support. We will continually keep
you updated and entertained with “behind the scenes” access of how, and what
we’re doing, as we keep everything moving forward.
P.S. If you’d like, you can see how well Anthony re-created the 1980′s in his modern
period piece entitled, Thicker Than Water. It received a number of awards from
LA to New York, and was also a double winner at the 2010 NYC Filmmakers Festival.
To view a brief trailer of this multi-award-winning feature film, just click the link below:
Thanks Again Everyone…