Entertainment Interview with Verdi Productions (VP) CEO, Chad A. Verdi
EAST GREENWICH, RI -
- VP plans aggressive 2017/2018 campaign with four projects green lit to date and more to follow
- Man in Red Bandana, Elephant and the Butterfly, Malevolence and Vault lead the way
- VMI Worldwide, snaps up worldwide rights of Malevolence; Verdi, Scorsese and Koskoff team up again
Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including entertainment, interviews Verdi Productions http://www.verdifilms.com/ President and CEO, Chad A. Verdi. Mr. Verdi talks about plans for an aggressive 2017/2018 film campaign with four films already green lit with several others soon to follow. First up is Man in Red Bandana, followed by Elephant and the Butterfly, Malevolence and then Vault.
Chad, tell us about the next projects on the books for your Production Company.
A: Chad A. Verdi
First off is Man in Red Bandana, narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow. The debut of our documentary film entitled "Man in Red Bandana" was screened at Tribeca on Sunday, April 23rd. The film was part of a special screening and was an invite-only event. The film will hit theaters and VOD platforms throughout the US in a limited day and date release in September 2017. The film will premiere in RI, NY, and LA and then expand to other states. This will be the third film released by Verdi Productions over the last two years, following Ten Thousand Saints, starring Ethan Hawke and Hailee Steinfeld, and Bad Hurt, starring Theo Rossi, Karen Allen, and Ashley Williams. Man in Red Bandana was written and directed by Matthew J. Weiss. I and Joshua Sason are producing. Executive Producers are my wife Michelle, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Nick Koskoff, Neil Cortel and Tom DeNucci. The film editors are Doug Forbes and Sam Eilertsen. The film is narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow with an original song performed by Lyle Lovett. This film is very, very special to me. Next up is
Elephant and the Butterfly, "Drole de pere," is a drama that was filmed in Belgium. The film tells the story of a beautiful relationship between a father and daughter and the difficulties involving separation. It was written by Amelle van Elmbt and Matthleu de Braconier with Amelle van Elmbt directing. Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Phillipe Logie and Michelle and I are all executive producing. Verdi productions acquired the domestic rights to the film and we are planning for an early 2018 release. Then we move on to
Filming in London, England in October 2017, I can't wait to be on set. BranDon Jones (Dolph Lundgren) is an undefeated underground fighter of exceptional talent who doesn't know how to lose... but he is ordered to do just that for a crucial high stakes fight. Failing to follow through on this command, a merciless punishment is exacted, resulting in the brutal murder of his wife and daughter, and Brandon himself is brain damaged, a shadow of the man he once was.
With the help of his best friend and trainer Dutch, Brandon must rebuild himself mentally and physically to take revenge on those that tore his family apart and left him for dead. In his way stands a cartel of cold-blooded fighters, a corrupt police force headed by Detective Cain (Scott Adkins) and the limitless resources of mob boss Vincent, a ruthless and twisted individual, who holds sway over the city.
As Brandon exacts his revenge, leaving a trail of devastation and destruction in his wake, he comes to realize that all is not what it seems and what he once feared lost may prove to be his salvation. The film is currently in pre-production and I am producing with Craig Baumgarten, Gudrun Giddlings, Andre Rellis. VMI has the worldwide rights to this film. This is my sixth project with VMI and for sure not my last.
After Malevolence comes another passion project of mine; Vault.
Written by B. Dolan and Tom DeNucci and inspired by true events, Vault tells the story about a group of small time criminals in 1975 who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history; stealing over $30 million from the Mafia in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island. Tom DeNucci will direct with Michelle and I producing. Sam Eilertsen will be the director of photography. We will begin shooting in April 2018 and it will be filmed entirely in the state of Rhode Island. So, I don't need to travel too far!
With all of those projects underway, do you ever sleep?
A: Chad A. Verdi
No, I don't and that's not a good thing either. But we are planning a very aggressive 2017/2018 campaign with four films already green lit and several more to be announced soon. The next 24 months will be exciting times for everyone involved. By the end of 2018, Verdi Productions will have over 25 films under its belt, filmed in six different countries, and will have worked with over 2000 actors. Who has the time to sleep?
About Verdi Productions http://www.verdifilms.com/
Verdi Productions is a fully funded film Production Company located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and Edgartown, Massachusetts, with additional satellite offices in New York City and Los Angeles. The company pursues all aspects of filmmaking, carrying projects from concept through postproduction.
Verdi Productions is redefining how films are made on the East Coast. Unlike other production companies that come to the Northeast, Verdi is establishing itself as a fixture in the Rhode Island community. Verdi Productions does not operate on a project-to-project basis, but instead functions like a west coast studio with established offices, full time employees and a continuous stream of product.
Verdi has produced four films in partnership with Emma Tillinger Koskoff and the legendary Martin Scorsese. Verdi produced Bleed For This (starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katay Sagal, Ciaran Hinds), and executive produced Silence (directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ken Watanabe), Bad Hurt (starring Theo Rossi, Ashley Williams) and the documentary The 50 Year Argument (directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi).
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