Boston writer John K. Fiore’s latest success is another example of how social networking sites have spurned a new way of filmmaking – viral global collaboration. In 2007, Fiore ‘met’ actor/writer/producer Rick Borgia on Myspace and the two immediately connected artistically. That connection produced the film Twists of Fate, written by Fiore and produced by Borgia’s Dream X-Treme Productions. Borgia also starred in the film.
Despite all the action and “Mobish drama” of the film, Fiore says it really is a romantic tragedy. The film centers on Joey DeMarco (Borgia), who has just been released from a fifteen year prison term. While incarcerated, he realizes that his life of crime, primarily as a hit man, has gotten him nowhere and vows never to return to that life. But ‘fate’ has other plans for DeMarco.
The film, released in 2009, has garnered attention in the festival circuit – winning audience choice award at the Staten Island Film Festival 2009 and Best Actor Atlantic City Cinefest 2011. And it has garnered other attention as well. It will soon be available on DVD, having just been picked up for world-wide distribution.
Fiore, who co-founded his company Story Street Productions with partner Michelle Hynes, has several other projects in the works. Final Hours, directed by Paul Medico, is a suspense thriller about a small group of lost souls who are held hostage in a tavern by a ruthless and badly wounded jewel thief. Capture, co-written and directed by Cate Carson, is set in the summer of 1972 and is about two young women on vacation who find themselves at the hands of a mentally unstable photographer trying to create the ultimate portfolio of human emotion. A third film, Stilettos, is in pre-production and tells the story of a vicious gang and an eighty-five million dollar diamond heist gone bad.
Last year, Fiore and Hynes started Show Your Shorts events where filmmakers could screen their short films and network with other people in the New England film community. Originally held in Boston, the events are growing and the next one takes place in Providence on June 15th. Films can be of any genre and cannot exceed fifteen minutes in length. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.
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