What can I say? Giddy with acheivement I can't stop the flow of love and appreciation. So more tributes!

Let's start with...myself. Click here to read a superb and insightful review of my documentary "Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris",which opened a few weeks ago in Canada and will make it's appearence on DVD late this year. This writer, Rick Groen, is now the official author of my favorite review of my own work. By the way, bad reviews are as easily dismissed by me as good ones are embraced. Call me a spineless whore. I laugh at your words.

Zachary Matz, my co-producer, old friend and occasional jazz co-hort (he plays guitar and bass) deserves another major thank you for having had the worst job on the movie and pulled it off. He was locked in an office for most of production juggling the accounts--er, rather, making financial sense out of things.

Kudo's to Dan Fisher, a great property master (an extremely important and often underrated job) who is also the author of a number of fictitious book titles that gave me great pleasure (see previous posts). My favorite: "Beam Me Up; Dramatic Monologues From Star Trek". He also digs the same old tunes that I do and even knows the lyrics...

A toast to Tere Duncan, who wardrobed up our actors in excellent fashion, made great choices along the way and kept showing me pictures of various clothing options up until the penultimate day of shooting.

Big time thanks to Phil Caruso, an extraordinarly talented photographer and a presence that you truly want gracing your set.

And Ged. And Andrew. And Glen. And Brendan. And Shannon. And John Greenway. And Rachel Connors. And Johnny and Sorangel and Marina and Kelly and, and...

And to everyone else and everyone I haven't mentioned, know that I love and appreciate your participation and will not forget your hard work. Here, in a fit of Italian-American over-emotion, is a clip that perfectly expresses how I feel; Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performing "That's Amore" from 1953's "The Caddy". I'll calm down in another day or two. Meanwhile...

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  1. Goddamnit, you just made me cry. No director has ever given me such a lovely and public thanks before.

    This was truly one of the most fun movies I've ever worked on. The gift that you have, Raymond, is the ability to take an idea or offhand comment, whether it is given by an actor, producer, lowly prop man, craft service, doesn't matter, and if it's a good idea, you use it. (I remember your favorite Altman quote, about accepting the input of others, because the director will get all of the credit anyway.) I can't tell you how many directors I have worked with, both first-timers and long-time auteurs, who were threatened by ideas that were not their own, who seemed to feel that a collaborative atmosphere made them appear weak and indecisive.

    Make no mistake, this is wholly a Raymond DeFelitta film, through and through. For all of the actors' (excellent) improvisations, all of the changes that had to be made because of budgetary limitations, there is no mistaking who the auteur is here.

    As for my role, to be allowed to participate in the creative process to the extent that you allowed made coming to the set every day a pleasure.

    And I believe that "City Island" is gonna be one terrific film. It's proof that entertaining movies don't have to be about superheroes or natural disasters, they can be about human moments that can amuse or move us, because we recognize ourselves up there on the screen. There is life up there, big, loud, slam-bang, slapstick, hurtful, gooey, emotional life, and God bless you for that, Raymond DeFelitta. I am proud to have been a part of it all.


  2. Dannnn what do you mean
    Lowly prop man....

    Only joking

  3. Ray blog something, anything, so we
    can get our jollie's

  4. Updates please Raymond! We're dying here!

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