After a successful film festival run, “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream,” Antony Osso’s award-winning documentary chronicling Rudy’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, will be released on Vimeo On Demand, for rental or purchase, on October 15. Starting October 8, Viewers can pre-order the film at this link: www.vimeo.com/ondemand/pizzashop
The hourlong documentary explores brothers Charlie and Fred Osso’s emigration from poverty-stricken southern Italy in the 1960s, their journey from odd jobs to owning a successful restaurant, and the inner workings that lead to the delicious pizza and Italian food for which they’re known. “Pizza Shop” has screened at several film festivals across the US and Italy, picking up an audience award at the Indie Street Film Festival in Red Bank, NJ this summer.
“When I first started making the film, my intention was to celebrate my father and uncle’s pizzeria, which has been feeding families for decades,” Antony Osso explained. “But when I looked at the footage more closely, I found an immigrant experience marked by sacrifice, bravery, hard work and a certain optimism. It was the American Dream, realized. I’m excited to share a story celebrating the immigrants who are the backbone of America.”
To celebrate the film’s release and Rudy’s longevity, EDENS, the owner, operator and developer of Closter Plaza, has commissioned muralist Jason Naylor to design and create a mural on Rudy’s 23-foot-tall external side wall. Jason is an artist, designer, and creative director based in Brooklyn. His work ranges from video to illustration, to typography and murals, supporting brands like Mac Cosmetics, Xbox and Fenty Puma.
“Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream” Synopsis:
PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, brothers from Calabria, Italy, who have run a successful pizzeria in northern New Jersey for over forty years. Emigrating from impoverished post-war Italy, they had little chance for advancement, but through hard work and resilience, they've thrived.
Now in their seventies, they’re facing the construction of a new restaurant and encroaching old age. But retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a short fuse and a soft center, while Fred is light-hearted and easy-going, a passionate chef and bon vivant.
With humor and insight, filmmaker Antony Osso explores how a Mom-and-Pop shop can be a vital hub for a community, the sacrifices parents make for their children, and what it means for immigrants when they live out the American Dream.
"Worthwhile... the shots of pizza coming out of the ancient gas ovens – watch Charlie light one – can almost make the viewer smell that distinctive aroma." - Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Magazine
"This movie isn't just about pizza, it's about the beauty of the Italian culture, the importance of family, the dedication from a loyal community, and the simple beauty of hard work." -Facebook Review
Pre-Order the Film: www.vimeo.com/ondemand/pizzashop
Available for rental or purchase. Purchase includes the film, a version of the film with Italian subtitles, and “Inside Rudy’s,” a seven-part series of short docs made during the filming of Pizza Shop!
Official Film Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PizzaShopMovie/
Official Film Website: https://www.pizzashopmovie.com/
Official Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=HQJsaIVIaLc
Official Film Soundtrack: https://soundcloud.com/tony-osso/albums
Rudy’s Ristorante and Pizzeria is located at 55 Ver Valen Street, in the newly renovated Closter Plaza in Closter, New Jersey. It’s open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
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