On the Set: Federico Castelluccio Directs Lily of the Feast

September 28, 2014 10:04 PM

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On the Set: Federico Castelluccio Directs Lily of the Feast

On the last day of shooting Lily of the Feast, a feature set in 1970's Williamsburg, Troy Garity, in a suit, sits on the edge of a bathtub, counting. The L.A. based actor, son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden plays Santo Bastucci, a young man with a gift for memorizing numbers, a handy skill, and members of the mob are making offers he can't refuse. The bathroom is miniscule in the soundstage clutter of Windmill Studios in Brooklyn, a set specifically designed for the movie by its director, Federico Castelluccio. We know him as Carmella's heartthrob in HBO's The Sopranos, when things are not going so great between this suburban mob wife and husband Tony, but here for Lily of the Feast, director Castelluccio, a known fine artist, extends his art to the screen. As many have told me, in making the feature length version of this story from a short, his artistic vision informs every frame. The film also stars Paul Sorvino and David Proval and is a passion project for screenwriter/ producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr. who grew up in this neighborhood.

While this project is a far cry from The Sopranos, the atmosphere on set is similar, said Castelluccio: "It's a family, and nothing less than great. Troy Garity is a phenomenal actor, giving a very nuanced and layered performance." Castelluccio played the role of Santo in the short. "In the scene in...

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