Peter Facinelli as Bobby and Jaimie Alexander as Lucy in Michael Corrente's LOOSIES. Photo by Nick Mele. An IFC Films release.
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Opened: 01/11/2012 Limited
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Rated: PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and language.
The feature film screenwriting debut from Peter Facinelli (TWILIGHT, NURSE JACKIE), LOOSIES stars Facinelli as Bobby, a New York City pickpocket who roams the city disguised as a stockbroker. Handsome and charming, Bobby's father is gone and his mother unemployed, which has forced him to live a life of crime in order to make ends meet.
Bobby tempts fate with the law by lifting the badge of a NYC Detective (Michael Madsen), much to the annoyance of his viciously manipulative fence Jax (Vincent Gallo). Bobby comes the center of a a citywide search and is reprimanded by Jax for bringing the eyes of the cops too close to his business.
At the same time, Bobby runs into an even bigger challenge - three months after a passionate affair with Lucy (Jaimie Alexander) he discovers she is pregnant with his child.
With the two world colliding, Bobby is forced to reevaluate a lifetime of missteps. In a city where he was once invisible, he is now very much exposed - after being hunted by the police and confronted by Lucy, Bobby must decide between his criminal lifestyle he once led, or change to finally take responsibility for his actions.
LOOSIES is all at once the story of an outlaw and a relationship, with a raw and visceral performances from it's all-star cast.
Q&A with Writer/Producer Peter Facinelli
Why did you decide to take on this particular story and what was your creative process?
Growing up in Manhattan, I just rode the subway and wondered what it would be like to do a pickpocket film there. There is nowhere better to shoot than the streets of New York City. I am also a huge fan of 70's movies. Similar to movies from that time, I wanted to create an anti-hero who was flawed but who the audience could also root for.
You are not only an actor, but also the writer and a producer on this film. Can you talk about what it is like to wear so many different hats and how you balance those roles?
When the director says "action" you are acting. When the director says "cut," you are producing. And everything prior to that is being a writer. It is also nice to be on set and to be able to answer questions the other actors have as a writer - tweak lines, give advice. The most frustrating part is when you have a problem with dialog because you can only blame yourself. That is the only downfall.
As someone who grew up in New York City, what role did the city play as a character in the films?
The city absolutely plays a character. We couldn't have shot it anywhere else. We shoot in Grand Central Station, subways and the Brooklyn Bridge. We were able to capture many landmarks on screen. Bobby lives an underground lifestyle. Because of circumstances in his personal and professional life, he is forced to come above ground. The subway symbolic of that.
As a producer, you were very involved with all aspects of making the film, what was the process of selecting the director?
There was a film of Michael Corrente's "Brooklyn Rules" that I wanted to do but couldn't because my schedule didn't permit. I have always been a fan of Michael's. I sent him the script for "Loosies" but he was really busy with "Brooklyn Rules" and never had a chance to read it. I ran into him two years later and asked him to read it again. He called me shortly after and let me know he loved it. We partnered up and he then brought in a financier.
How did you go about casting this film with such a great group of actors?
I wish I knew. The casting director reached out to a lot of fine actors. To my amazement, it worked out. As a writer, it feels good to hear other actors want to do your films. As there is not much money in independent film, it is the material they respond to. To get the cast they got, made me feel good as a writer.
Peter Facinelli (Bobby)
Peter Facinelli has established himself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors with distinctive, versatile, and impressive performances.
Facinelli can currently be seen as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." Since opening on November 18, it has made over $650 million worldwide at the box office. He also starred in the first three installments of the blockbuster franchise, "Twilight," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," for Summit Entertainment. The Twilight film franchise is based on Stephenie Meyer's #1 New York Times bestselling literary series. All four films shattered multiple box office records. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will be released in November 2012.
Facinelli recently wrapped production on season four of Showtime's critically acclaimed series "Nurse Jackie." Facinelli appears as Dr. Cooper, a golden boy afflicted with a quirky variation of Tourette's Syndrome opposite Edie Falco. For its second season, "Nurse Jackie" earned 8 Emmy nominations, a record for the network, including a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show was also nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe Award in the Best TV Series Comedy category and a 2011 Writers Guild Award for Comedy Series. "Nurse Jackie" was also named one of the American Film Institute's Top Ten TV Shows of 2009.
Facinelli's career boasts over thirty feature films in which he has starred alongside award winning actors such as Matthew Broderick in the dramedy, "Finding Amanda," which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. His portrayal in "The Big Kahuna" had Facinelli co-starring alongside Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito and earned him rave reviews. Other feature film credits include Penny Marshall's "Riding in Cars with Boys" opposite Drew Barrymore, "The Scorpion King" opposite Dwayne Johnson, a starring role in Walter Hills' sci-fi thriller "Supernova" with James Spader and Angela Bassett, "Tempted," opposite Burt Reynolds and Saffron Burroughs, "Dancer, Texas Pop. 81" with Breckin Meyer, "Foxfire" opposite Angelina Jolie, and the cult classic "Can't Hardly Wait" opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Facinelli also has an impressive television resume including a pivotal supporting role on the 2007 season of "Damages," FX's award winning legal thriller starring Glenn Close. Additional television credits include a recurring role on the award winning HBO Series Six Feet Under," for which Facinelli shared the cast's 2005 nomination for the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama; as well as the starring role in McG's sexy one-hour drama "Fastlane" in 2003.
In 2010, Facinelli started a production company, Facinelli Films. Facinelli Films' first feature, "Loosies," will be released by IFC in select theaters in January 2012. Facinelli wrote and stars in the fast-paced dramatic comedy about a successful pickpocket in the New York City subways. Facinelli Films has also acquired the rights to the autobiography "Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob" by Edward Mackenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas. With an adapted screenplay written by Nick Gordon, the untitled film will tell the story of Edward Mackenzie Jr., a drug dealer and merciless "enforcer" for notorious Boston crime kingpin, James "Whitey" Bulger. Brookstreet Pictures will co-produce. Facinelli Films has optioned the rights to Jennifer Fosberry's New York Times bestselling children's storybooks "My Name Is Not Isabella" and "My Name Is Not Alexander" for film and television development opportunities. The storybooks explore some of the amazing people in history who have changed the world. Through a heartwarming story, the tales of these historical figures unfold and are told in a captivating way that inspire children to learn and let their own personalities shine. Facinelli has also written and will produce and star in "El Chico Blanco," which is slated to shoot next year. The film follows the story of Ben Harper, a white kid growing up in a Hispanic community who rises against racial tension and a stint in prison to lead the most powerful and feared gang in the city. Facinelli Films is also adapting the documentary "The Last Word" into a feature film. "The Last Word" is the true story of Johnny Frank Garrett, a convicted and executed man in Texas, who professed his innocence until his last breath. On the night of his execution, Garrett cursed everyone that was involved in convicting him. Almost immediately after his death, others involved began to pass - seventeen in total. Facinelli recently wrote "Accidentally in Love," which premiered on The Hallmark Channel in February 2010 and starred Jennie Garth.
Facinelli was born and raised in New York, and attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jaime Alexander (Lucy)
Jaime Alexander (born Jaime Tarbush, March 12, 1984) is an American Actress best known for portraying Jessi on the TV series "Kyle XY" and Sif in the 2011 superhero film THOR.
Alexander was born Jaime Tarbush in Greenville, South Carolina but moved to Grapevine, Texas she was four years old. Alexander first got into acting in grade school where she took theater for fun. Alexander stated that she was actually kicked out of theater when she was in high school because she could not sing and went into sports. Her career was launched in 2003, when she was cast in the leading role of Hanna Thompson in the low budget award-winning film, THE OTHER SIDE (2006). According to the movie's commentary, she was originally at the audition to help out by reading against the male actors, but the director Gregg Bishop decided to cast her in the leading role after hearing her perform the lines.
Alexander's first role was in the movie SQUIRREL TRAP where she played 'Sara', the love interest of the main character, David, who is a socially introverted genius portrayed by Keith Staley. This was soon followed by a guest appearance in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," where she portrayed a femme fatale in the role of 'Tammy,' who through a combination of seduction and threats manipulates on of the main characters. She also has a small part in an episode of "Standoff." From there she proceeded to more significant roles. She appeared in the movie THE OTHER SIDE as 'Hanna Thompson,' the girlfriend of the main character; and in the series "Watch Over Me" where she portrayed the controversial character of 'Caitlin Porter.' In 2006, she had her first lead role in the horror film REST STOP where she portrayed 'Nicole Carrow,' a girl who escapes from home and goes on a trip with her boyfriend, which is unexpectedly interrupted at a rest stop by a deranged serial killer. In 2007, she had her second lead role, also in a horror film. In HALLOWED GROUND she played 'Elizabeth Chambers,' a girl stranded in a small town inhabited by a sect that plans to use her as a vessel for the rebirth of their founder. In both movies, her character is a strong character who fights back against her aggressors. Her most famous part so far was that of 'Jessi' on the ABC Family television show "Kyle XY." She portrays a girl with superhuman powers who is trying to find her way in the world, with increasing cooperation and eventual romance with her male counterpart Kyle. Her role generated a large fan base hoping to see a spin-off show for her character. She also has had guest roles on the show "CSI: Miami" where she played 'Jenna York,' a flight attendant involved in a murder case, and in 'bones" where she played 'Molly Briggs,' a student connected to the victim of the episode. In September 2009, it was reported that Alexander would portray Sif in the live-action superhero film, THOR, directed by Kenneth Branagh and released in May 2011. In July 1020 it was reported that Alexander had been cast in the independent comedy-drama film, LOOSIES co-starring Peter Facinelli and directed by Michael Corrente. In October 2010 it was reported that Alexander joined the case of "Nurse Jackie" in a sizable story arc as Jackie's (Edie Falco) wild, immature sister-in-law, Tunie Peyton. Alexander will appear in the upcoming film SAVANNAH directed by Annete Haywood-Carter about Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), a real life early 1900s aristocrat who starts an unexpected partnership with Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a freed slave. Alexander has done a photo shoot with her co-star Matt Dallas from "Kyle XY" for the photographer Tyler Shields. She also appeared in a Matthew Perryman Jones music video.
Michael Madsen (Lt. Nick Sullivan)
Michael Madsen is most notably recognized for his role as the sadistic killer, Mr. Blonde, in Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS. Although his career has leaned toward playing tough guys, partly because of his strong 6'2" stature and husky voice, Michael has been working to change that image. Most recently, he gave a remarkable performance in STRENGTH AND HONOUR as Sean Kelleher, a boxer who had promised his dying wife that he would never fight again. When their son becomes ill after her death, he must go back in the ring and fight in order to pay for the exorbitant cost of his son's medical treatment.
Michael Madsen's career spans over 25 years and over 170 films. He has played memorable characters in the myriad of box office hits, including KILL BILL, SIN CITY, HELL RIGHT, DIE ANOTHER DAY, DONNE BRASCO, SPECIES, THE GETAWAY, THE DOORS, THELMA AND LOUISE, and yes, he played the loving father in FREE WILLY.
Michael also is an accomplished poet. His eighth book of poetry, "American Badass," was released on September 25, 2009, which is Michael's birthday.
Michael continues to turn in memorable performances and continues to stretch as an actor. Some believe his best work is yet to come.
Joe Pantoliano (Carl)
One of today's best character actors, the inexhaustible Joe Pantoliano boasts over 100 film, television and stage credits. A favorite of directors Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Davis, and Andy and Larry Wachowski, he is also a dependable scene stealer with more than his share of memorable roles -- including killer pimp guido in RISKY BUSINESS (1983), bumbling criminal Francis Fratelli in THE GOONIES (1985), double-crossing bail bondsman Eddie Moscone in MIDNIGHT RUN (1988), cynical U.S. Marshall Cosmo Renfro in THE FUGITIVE (1993), turncoat Cypher in THE MATRIX (1999), and shady sidekick Teddy in MEMENTO (2000).
Born on September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, NJ, the actor is the only son of Dominic, a hearse driver, and Mart Pantoliano, a part-time seamstress/ bookie. When he was 12, Pantoliano's mother left his father for her distant cousin Florio, though the couple never officially divorced. Pantoliano suffered from severe dyslexia, and at age 17, he was still reading at the third-grade level. After seeing the youngster perform in his senior play, Up the Down Staircase, Florio convinced him to pursue acting professionally. Pantoliano moved to Manhattan, where he worked as a waiter while juggling acting classes and auditions. In 1972, he landed the coveted role of stuttering Billy Bibbit in the touring production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Four years later, Pantoliano moved west to try his luck in Hollywood. After making his television debut in the sitcom pilot "McNamara's Band" he landed the recurring role in Rob Reiner's summer replacement series, "Free Country." Reiner then tapped Pantoliano to co-star with him in James Burrows' television movie "More than Friends" (1978). This led to the part of Angelo Maggio -- a role originated by fellow Hoboken-ite Frank Sinatra -- in NBC's miniseries adaptation of James Jones' "From Here to Eternity" (1979). After making his major feature film debut in THE IDOLMAKRE (1980) Pantoliano guest starred on "Hart to Hart," "M*A*S*H" and "Hardcastle and McCormick," as well as appearing on the Los Angeles stage in "Orphans." He also landed a sizable part opposite a young Tom Cruise in the surprise hit RISKY BUSINESS (1983). The comic ruthlessness with which Pantoliano's pimp tortures Cruise quickly earned the character actor a loyal cult following. He gave standout performances in EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS (1983). And the off-Broadway play "Visions of Kerouac," before thrilling audiences again in the Spielberg-produced adventure THE GOONIES (1985). Scores of plum roles followed: Pantoliano joined Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines in RUNNING SCARED (1986), portrayed Lou Diamond Phillips' music producer in LA BAMBA (1987), re-teamed with Spielberg in EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987), and acted opposite Robert De Niro in MIDNIGHT RUN (1988). He then topped these performances off with an unforgettable turn opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford in THE FUGITIVE (1993), delivering a funny, fiery tour de force that was pure Pantoliano right down to the recognizable name and a devoted fan base. While making numerous television guest appearances, he starred with Jennifer Tilly and Gine Gershon in directors Andy and Larry Wachowski's debut thriller, BOUND (1996). Pantoliano's edgy performance as a doomed money launderer impressed the Wachowskis so much that they created the character of Cypher in THE MATRIX (1999) exclusively for him. Shortly afterward, his co-star in the sci-fi spectacular, Carrie-Anne Moss, insisted that director Christopher Nolan hire Pantoliano for the third lead in his sleeper-hit MEMENTO (2000). In 2001, at the behest of producer David Chase, Pantoliano joined the case of the landmark HBO series "The Sopranos." While portraying psychopathic mobster Ralphie Cifaretto on the hit show, that actor published Who's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy, a bittersweet memoir about his New Jersey childhood. He is also putting the finishing touches on his directorial debut, JUST LIKE MONA (2002), and began filming his role as reporter Ben Urich in the comic book adaptation DAREDEVIL (2003), which also stars Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Colin Farrell.
Vincent Gallo (Jax)
Vincent Gallo, American born, Buffalo, New York, 1961. Left home, moved to New York City in 1978, and began playing in the experimental musical group Gray with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. After leaving Gray he formed the band Bohack and recorded the highly regarded avant-garde industrial noise album "It Took Several Wives." During the same period Gallo also became known in New York City for his very unusual street performances, which were spontaneously executed in public and also witnessed by invted guests in the know. The One Armed Man, The Man with No Face, Sandman, Boy Hit by a Car, and Boy Cries in Restaurant Window to name a few. These radical public performances were upsetting and disturbing and were meant to provoke though, self-reflection and consciousness. Gallo's invted guests could witness his performance's impact in this larger public context.
One invited guest, New York Underground filmmaker Eric Mitchell, cast Gallo as the lead in his film THE WAY IT IS alongside newcomer Steve Buscemi. THE WAY IT IS was Gallo's first appearance in a feature length film, though previously he had directed himself in several short films including If you Feel Froggy Jump, The Gun Lover, and Rocky 10 as well as collaboration with filmmaker Michael Holman Vincent Gallo as Jesus Christ (used in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat) and Vampire LeStat.
Since his early performance art days Gallo has continued to create very conceptual performance pieces. Examples are a series of protesting of protests. Gallo has also created his own website which upon closer examination is actually a highly conceptual artwork resonating with his early performance work.
On his website www.vincentgallo.com in the merchandise section Gallo is selling his sperm and sexual fantasies as conceptual works. Gallo's Internet art questions celebrity, procreation, ego, social agenda, and views of religion, race, and sexuality. These public offerings are motivated by extreme sensitivity, concept and thoughtfulness, however their presentation appears crude and offensive. Misinterpretation of this work is common and Gallo is often incorrectly categorized as a racist, sexist, homophobe.
Gallo has had over 25 one-man shows of his painting, including several with famed New York art dealer Annina Nosei and four museum shows including one at the Hara Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
Gallo has also released several musical albums including 2 on the prestigious Warp Records Label -- When and Recordings of Music for Film. Gallo wrote, composted, and performed the original music for the films BUFFALO 66, THE AGENT, and PROMISES WRITTEN IN WATER.
In the 1980's Gallo reached the professional lever of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, though he did not win a national championship. Gallo is one of the actual motorcycle riders in his feature film THE BROWN BUNNY.
For many years Gallo has been known and highly respected in hi-fi and music recording circles and his considered by many professionals in the field as having world-class knowledge and experience. He has been published many times by specialty magazines focused on high fidelity designs and equipment as well as music recording techniques and equipment. His collection of vintage hi-fi and recording gear as well as musical instruments is amongst the largest and most refined in the world. Gallo is also a fanatic record collector, owning over 35,000 Vinyl LP's.
Gallo has no agent, manager, assistant, or intern, and he makes his films without producers, and with extremely scaled down crews. He has self distributed his movies and is directly involved in his films' sales for distribution. Gallo has also created all of his films' trailers and posters.
Gallo is one of the most misunderstood, misquoted, misrepresented talents in the past 25 years and a brief review of his IMDB page suggests he has also been incredibly prolific.