This is getting weird. A month or two ago I was told that we were part of the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival. They wanted to bring me, Andy Garcia, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Julianna Margulies and my producers Lauren Versel and Zachary Matz. Then Andy couldn't make it on the date they'd suggested screening the film and giving a big gala for him. They didn't offer any alternative date. He passed on the festival. Emily couldn't make it for personal reasons. Julianna Marguiles, in case you haven't heard or noticed, is currently the hard-working star of a major network hit series, "The Good Wife" (and very good in it too, by the way). So it's me, the producers and the wonderful Steven Strait who are attending.

Except click on this link and tell me if you see any mention of "City Island" in the festival line-up. Mind you, nobody has dis-invited us. Then again, usually when a film festival invites you they...invite you. And I haven't received any official communication from the festival welcoming me and my movie. Furthermore, this is all supposed to go down...in a week?

I'll be the first to eat a healthy portion of my hat if its all a big misunderstanding and I wind up writing to you next from the Copacabana. I've never been to Brazil and was counting on this glammy (and free) trip to introduce me to this much beloved part of our earth. So come on guys. Get your shit together and officially invite "City Island". We're a goddamn hit at every festival we play, so why pussyfoot around? And if you don't want us for some reason, leave a comment telling me to go away.

Meanwhile, some Antonio Carlos Jobim--father of the samba and friend of Sinatra's--to hopefully rekindle the good Brazilian vibes.

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  1. Mr. De Fellita, the more I read this blog, the more I realize that you are an arrogant person... you have to stop sounding so uppity and that you think you're the best thing since sliced bread. It doesn't help that you always say things like "not to self promote myself," etc. You even came off arrogant at a showing in Tribeca. Get over yourself.

  2. That's not so Raymond is a true
    gentleman I was at Tribeca there
    was know arrogance at all on his
    part and I am not that fond of
    sliced bread either. ciao

  3. When I hear you talk of Raymond in this manner you bing out the
    Cyrano De Bergerac in me. En Garde you fool En Garde........

    (Have a nice weekend)

  4. Seems a bit silly to berate a person for "self-promoting" when I would think that if one industry was MADE for it, it'd be the entertainment industry. If you don't promote your own movies, who will?

  5. Raymond's Baby MamaSeptember 28, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Raymond IS the next best thing since sliced bread. Trust me, I've known him for 17 years and have plenty of experience with sliced bread too. Raymond is much more enjoyable company, and would give me the hat off his head if I were hungry.

    Perhaps some self-effacing person's blog would suit your literary taste better. May I suggest Mr. Magoo?