Greetings all. Click on the above to enlarge a view of our crew on the street in front of the house across the street from the Rizzo house. How would you like to have this madness going on in front of your house at night? The owners of this place were terribly nice and came out and watched us shoot exterior night scenes, inviting friends of there's over and serving cocktails.

Christmas madness has descended so this will be brief.

Item: Dig the below clip--Andy Garcia being pushed through the streets of Tribeca in the old Ford Galaxy that is Vince Rizzo's
much loved old car in "City Island". Don't know why but I thought this clip was appropriate given the lumpy, clumsy and oafish season that is upon us. All I can say about getting through the holidays is: shlep, shlep and more shlep.

Item: The Twitter streams have been full of nice words to say about "City Island", most of it stemming from our screenings over the past couple of weeks. If any of the movies new fans find their way here, I hearby welcome them and urge them to stick around. Because...

Item: I will definately be writing the book about the making of "City Island" on this blog beginning in early January, 2010. This on-line extravaganza, replete with witty anecdotes and angry e-mails, will occur in real time (whatever that means) and will culminate with the story of the films release...on the eve of the actual release date--March 19, 2010. After that, there will either be good reason to keep blogging away (like good reviews to pass on, good box office numbers to report) or...well, let's not worry about the alternative. What the hell good ever came from worrying?

Item: Click here to read the best xmas gift I've gotten this year--the only one, in fact.The Self Styled Siren, one of the blogospheres best cinema historians, was asked by a magazine to choose her favorite "off the beaten track" Christmas movie (in other words, NOT "It's a Wonderful Life"). And guess whose movie she picked? Mine! My 2000 movie "Two Family House", while not strictly a Christmas story, jumped over the worthy heads of many many other films to land in that singular place of honor. I thank you, Siren. And "Two Family House" thanks you as well.

Item: Have you noticed on the updated blog page that you can click to purchase some of my films? Say, for instance, that the previous paragraph whetted your appetite to see "Two Family House". Just go to the right column for info on the film and hit "click to purchase". Go on. Do it. Now. I'm waiting. Tis the season to spend, after all.

And now, hit that clip, Jack...

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