Nick Tortano (Ben Barnes), an ambitious criminal from the streets of Boston, finally proves himself to the boss (Harvey Keitel) after years of idolizing Italian gangsters. Once he becomes a made man, Nick's loyalty is tested when he must choose between his family, his girl (Leighton Meester) and the Mafia he was so desperate to join.
Ben Barnes (Nick) is a leading man who just wrapped production on the Warner Brothers’ feature The Seventh Son starring opposite Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, and the independent feature By The Gun for James Mottern. Ben is best known as ‘Prince Caspian’ in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise but has also starred as the title role in such indies as Dorian Gray and Killing Bono. He recently starred in The Words opposite Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Iron and Zoe Saldana, and in The Big Wedding with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried.
Harvey Keitel (Sal) came to prominence in the early films of Martin Scorsese after working in theatre for around a decade, particularly Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Faded into anonymity in the 1980s even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America's leading directors. He reemergered into star status with his role as Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, and The Piano.
Leighton Meester (Ali) recently starred on Broadway opposite James Franco as the lead role of ‘Curley’s Wife’ in Of Mice and Men directed by Anna Shapiro. She also recently wrapped Like Sunday Like Rain directed by Frank Whaley. Leighton stars as the female lead in Susana Fogel’s Life Partners. She also stars opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the Warner Brothers feature The Judge. She recently can be seen in The Oranges opposite Hugh Laurie and Allison Janney. Leighton also starred alongside Garrett Hedlund and Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong. She is widely known as the infamous ‘Blair Waldorf’ in the CW’s ‘Gossip Girl’.
Toby Jones (Jerry) In 2012, Toby was seen as ‘Coll’ the dwarf in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan and Nick Frost and as “Claudius Templesmith” in the box office hit, The Hunger Games alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks.
Toby also appeared in the psychological thriller Red Lights alongside Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Joely Richardson and won a British Independent Film Award for Peter Strickland’s horror film, Berberian Sound Studio, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year.
2011 was also an extremely successful year for Toby; he appeared in The Weinstein Company’s My Week with Marilyn alongside Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. Toby also played ‘Percy Alleline’ in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy alongside an all-star cast that included; Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Kathy Burke. Toby also starred in Paramount Pictures, Captain America: The First Avenger, alongside Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Samuel L. Jackson.
Toby also voiced the character of ‘Silk’ in Stephen Spielberg’s, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which won a Golden Globe for ‘Best Animated Feature Film’. Toby has also provided the voice of ‘Dobby’ the house elf in the highest-grossing film series of all-time, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1, for which he was nominated for ‘Best Digital Acting Performance’ at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
Other film credits include; Infamous, Frost/Nixon, The Painted Veil, Your Highness, The Rite, Virgina, Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll, Creation, W, City of Ember, St Trinians, The Mist, Nightwatching, Amazing Grace, Mrs Henderson Presents, Ladies in Lavender, Finding Neverland, Love and War in the Appenines and Hotel Splendide.
For television, Toby was most recently seen in ‘Titanic’, a four-part mini-series period drama based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic, created by producer Nigel Stafford-Clark and written by Julian Fellowes (‘Downton Abbey’). Later this year Toby will star as the lead and famous filmmaker, ‘Alfred Hitchcock’ in the BBC/HBO ‘The Girl’, based on the relationship between Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren, played by Sienna Miller which will premiere on BBC Two late August and on HBO in October.
Kenny Wormald (Vitto) grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and began taking dancing lessons at the age of six. He won a string of dance contests throughout the Northeast in his teens and took to dancing professionally. He worked as a dancer and choreographer, appearing in a number of music videos and touring with Justin Timberlake. He made his television debut in an episode of ‘The Drew Carey Show’ in 2002, but he rose to worldwide fame in 2010 when Paramount announced that he was to star in the remake of Footloose.
Slaine (George) was chosen off the street in a casting call for Gone Baby Gone, Affleck saw his raw talent and took a two page role into one of the films memoriable supporting Characters. The two were reunited on The Town. Slain was then recognized by Andrew Dominick to play side by side with Brad Pitt in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s Killing Them Softly.
James Mottern (Director) is an award-winning documentary and feature filmmaker. He is a recipient of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
His action-oriented animal poaching and smuggling series Saving the Endangered Species aired on the BBC and won several national and international awards.
His critically acclaimed film Trucker which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival was called “a powerful debut” by film critic Roger Ebert who gave it four stars, and was listed on Ebert’s top ten indie films of that year. The Los Angeles Times called the film “wonderfully unconventional;” and The Huffington Post described it as “a revelation.”
James has several film and television projects in development as a director or writer with Bona Fide Productions; The Jordan Kerner Company; Jennifer Garner’s Vandalia Films; Maven Pictures and Alloy Entertainment.
For 2014-15 James is set to direct the drama Cry For Life shooting in Brazil and New York produced by Marcelo Floriao, Sylvia Fraiha and Daniel Dreifuss, producer of the Academy-Award nominated Chilean political drama NO; and period dramatic-thriller Emily, the harrowing story of Emily Davison one of England’s greatest civil rights activists and freedom fighters.
Additionally, James is producing and directing an original grounded sci-fi action film independently financed, to be filmed in Boston in 2015-16.
James is a regular guest lecturer of filmmaking and screenwriting. He sits on the Board of the Woods Hole Film Festival where he consults on the screenwriting program and competition. A film historian and advocate of emerging filmmakers James is a former producer and programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival which serves to highlight and promote the work of first-time directors.
He is represented by Jennifer Levine at Untitled Entertainment and attorney Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Virginia, James makes his home in Southern California with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid car enthusiast and history buff.
Emilio Mauro (Writer) is an Italian American screenwriter and producer. Emilio is the co-creator and co-Executive Producer of a Boston crime series at Fox Television entitled ‘The Middleman’. The project is currently in preproduction with Ben Affleck as Executive Producer and attached to Director the pilot.
His other work includes adapting Harlan Coben’s bestselling novel The Woods into a screenplay for South Paw Entertainment and optioning The Fallen to Golden Globe-winning producer Celine Rattray.
Emilio is currently working on his first Novel entitled Reins of Fate.
Emilio is Represented with Sentient Entertainment’s Reene Tab and Chris Tuffin.
Matthew Chausse (Producer) brings a wealth of knowledge in the production and financing of both domestic and international films. After attending the University of Southern California, Mr. Chausse quickly established himself in the independent film industry by working with such companies as Catchlight and Social Capital Films. Within a short time he was successful in aligning himself with award winning filmmakers and talent.
With a sharp focus on European co-productions, Mr. Chausse has produced and secured the financing for a number of feature films under his own company, Mirabelle Pictures, which he started in 2008. His body of work includes The Countess, a period piece directed by and starring international talent Julie Delpy, which gained worldwide critical acclaim after premiering at Berlinale in 2008. In 2011 Mr. Chausse produced the thriller Dark Tide starring Oscar-winner Halle Berry. Dark Tide is a UK/South African co-production, theatrically distributed this year by Lionsgate.
In late 2010 Chausse joined Artina Films. Under Chausse's partnership, Artina produced Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Gere has been nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe for best actor for Arbitrage. In 2012 Chausse produced The English Teacher starring Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear released worldwide in 2013. Chausse currently has several projects in post-production and pre-production.
Jimmy Lindsey (Director of Photography) Hailing from Austin, Texas, Jimmy Lindsey has been making films for over twenty years. As an Operator and Assistant, he studied the art of visual storytelling under many respected Cinematographers including Caleb Deschanel ASC, Roman Osin BSC, Bob Yoeman ASC, and Academy Award Winner Guillermo Navarro ASC.
Serving as the Principal or Second Unit Director of Photography, Jimmy has lensed a wide range of projects for film and television. Recent efforts include Robert Rodriguez’ action epic Machete for 20th Century Fox, and Armando Iannucci's Emmy Nominated comedy series 'Veep' for HBO.
Jimmy is a member of The International Cinematographers Guild and The Society of Camera Operators.
Banner Gwin (Editor) is an American feature film editor based in Los Angeles, CA.
Gwin began his career with ten formative years of working in various capacities for directors Sydney Pollack, John Hillcoat, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese and more. As an assistant editor on films like Child 44, Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, Nailed and many more, his aesthetics in storytelling have been shaped by some of the best film editors in the business. By The Gun is his first feature as lead editor.
Gwin is originally from Memphis, Tenn and along with his editorial collaborations with various filmmakers and artists, he has garnered awards for his directorial work from the LACMA, the MOCA, The Museum of Modern Art, MTV and more.
Nathan Whitehead (Composer) is film, television, and video game composer who has contributed music to Desperate Housewives, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Gears of War: Judgment among others. Recently he completed scoring the feature films By The Gun and The Purge.
Nathan began his career in Hollywood working for a film sound design company by day while feverishly writing music nights and weekends. This eventually led to writing additional music and arrangements for several film and video game projects including Pride and Glory, Epic Mickey, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and Your Highness.
Nathan is originally from Tennessee and makes award-winning cornbread. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
Jessica Kelly and Suzanne Smith (Casting) Jessica Kelly most recently cast Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Her other credits include Labor Day, Young Adult, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2 Days in New York, Lola Versus, The Wrestler, and Precious, where she found Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe.
Suzanne Smith’s casting credits include Se7en, Good Will Hunting, American Psycho, Young Adult, Shakespeare in Love and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Artina Films was founded in 2005 by veteran producers Robert Salerno and Naomi Despres, quickly becoming established as a leader in the independent marketplace with such worldwide successes as 21 Grams, A Single Man and We Need To Talk About Kevin.
We Need To Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring Tilda Swinton, premiered to rave reviews at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, receiving a nomination for the prestigious Palm d’Or award, and a Golden Globe nomination for Tilda Swinton. A Single Man, which was directed by Tom Ford, and starred Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, garnered many accolades including a 2010 Oscar nomination for Colin Firth, three Golden Globe nominations as well as three Independent Spirit Awards. 21 Grams, which was directed by Alejandro González-Iñárritu and starred Naomi Watts, Oscar winner Sean Penn and Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, was released by Focus Features in 2003 and received numerous awards including Academy Award nominations for Watts and Del Toro, and a 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Outstanding Filmmaking.
The first film to be produced under the Artina Films umbrella was Delirious in 2005, starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, and Alison Lohman. Delirious premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival along with another Artina Films production, Chapter 27. Chapter 27 took a bold glimpse into the mind of Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the killing of John Lennon, starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan. In the years following, the team produced such films as Fragments in 2008, Tell Tale in 2009 and Twelve in 2010.
In 2011, Artina Films welcomed a new partner to the team, Matthew Chausse, in time for Artina to produce the independent comedy The English Teacher starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, and Lilly Collins. Then followed the corporate thriller Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically this September 2012 by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. Artina currently has a full slate of projects in development for production in 2014 and 2015.
Mirabelle Pictures is a Production Company specializing in development, financing and distribution. Founded by Matthew Chausse in 2007 in Newport, Rhode Island, Mirabelle has set up offices in Paris and Los Angeles. Over the past several years Mirabelle has produced financed The English Teacher starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins, Dark Tide starring Halle Berry, and By The Gun.