Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast takes starring role in new mob movie

Jul 29, 2016 491

It is ready for its close-up!

The Giglio festival will dance its way onto the silver screen in the new mob film "The Brooklyn Banker," opening Aug. 5. The flick, which follows a bank official from Williamsburg with ties to a local organized crime family, features scenes set during the 113-year-old Italian-American festival, and to get the right look, filmmakers went right to the source, said the film's producer.

"We took scenes from the actual feast," said Michael Ricigliano Jr., who also wrote "The Brooklyn Banker." "All of the guys in movie are guys who lift the actual Giglio tower every year." The mob movie was filmed entirely in Williamsburg, featuring scenes shot inside and outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and local figures such as the members of the brass band of the Giglio feast. The participants are overjoyed that a piece of their rich culture has been captured on film, said a Giglio festival spokeswoman.

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Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/

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