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RI Producer Chad Verdi to Make Three Movies Over Next 10 Months

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Producer Chad Verdi and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

Verdi Productions and The Woodhaven Production Company have announced that award winning producer Chad A. Verdi will produce three feature films over the next 10 months. Verdi is now teamed with Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Goodfellas) and Oscar nominee Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) on two of his next three films.

Bad Hurt

The first film that Verdi and his wife Michelle will executive produce is titled Bad Hurt. Bad Hurt is currently being filmed in NY with principal photography ending in mid-March. Bad Hurt, a drama which follows the struggles of a blue collar American family, is directed by Mark Kemble off his screenplay which he wrote alongside Jamieson Stern. The film stars Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Cloverfield, Red Sands) Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Perfect Storm, Scrooged) and Ashley Williams (Margin Call, Something Borrowed, How I Met Your Mother).

Almost Mercy

The second feature is titled Almost Mercy and was written by B. Dolan and Tom DeNucci. Verdi has tapped DeNucci to direct/produce and Sam Eilertsen will be the director of photography. The film tells the tale of a quaint little town with a dark secret. The story focuses on two outcasts, Jackson and Emil, victims of the town's seedy underbelly, who seek revenge on those who’ve wronged them.

The film stars Kane Hodder (Jason X, Monster, Hatchet), best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise, who will play Coach Elwood, a seedy, overly aggressive gym teacher, driven by self-help books and his obsession with inflicting mental pain on his students. Horror icon Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Night of the Living Dead, Army of Darkness) will play Pastor Johnson, an overzealous preacher, who has the whole town fooled.

"Tom DeNucci has directed two great films for us and we expect that he will repeat this again." Verdi said. "DeNucci was elevated to producer on this feature film because of all his hard work and dedication to the project. I am very happy that the flowing producers and ex-producers will be joining Tommy and I in association with LDI unlimited, David Gere, David Lussier as producers and Sherry Lussier, Michael Cole, Taylor Van Zant, Seth Rosenblit with Michelle Verdi as ex-producer and music supervisor."

Bleed For This

The third film, Bleed for This, tells the true-life story of 5-time world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza as he recovers from a near fatal car accident that left him with a broken neck. He then goes on to win three additional world boxing titles, one of the most incredible and dramatic comebacks in sports history.

Golden Globe nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen, I, Frankenstein) will take on the role of Paz's boxing trainer, Kevin Rooney. Rooney was the trainer to Mike Tyson when Tyson won his first heavyweight championship. Miles Teller (The Fantastic Four, 21 & Over, Project X), who’s currently starring in That Awkward Moment, will play Vinny Paz.

In addition to Verdi and his wife Michelle, the powerhouse team is led by writer/director Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime) Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese, Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook), and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street).

"I am very excited about taking on the challenges of producing these three films over the next 10 months,” said Verdi. “It's a very special time for my wife Michelle and I, and our whole production team. It's not often a production company like ours has the luxury of turning down fully funded projects. We are currently booked through 2016 and it's a great position to be in."

Coming to fruition

Verdi's home-grown East Greenwich Company, Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Company, has produced six feature films in Rhode Island over the past four years. Bleed for This is his most ambitious project to date, with an estimated budget between $10,000,000 and $20,000,000.

"My producing partners Noah Kraft, my wife Michelle, and I got involved in the film business in 2009 with one purpose: to have the story of Vinny Paz told,” added Verdi. “The best thing that ever happened to this project was Ben Younger coming on board to write and direct Bleed for This. Bleed for This is Ben's vision and with the support of Martin Scorsese, Bruce Cohen and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, this film is destined for greatness. I was introduced to Martin and Emma through Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has been instrumental in helping me develop these projects." Verdi added, "Writer/director Tom DeNucci will be brought on board as a consultant to the project. Tom will be working directly for me over the next several months in order for us to be ready to shoot sometime this summer."


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Mr. North


Director: Danny Huston

Cast: Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall

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There's Something About Mary


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Federal Hill


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Nicholas Turturro, Anthony DeSando, Libby Langdon

Set in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood, the movie marks the directorial debut of Pawtucket native Michael Corrente.

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Age of Innocence


Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

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True Lies


Director: James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold

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High Society


Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra

Nominated for two Academy Awards, the movie's opening shot features a flyover of Newport’s oceanfront mansions. 

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Thirteen Days


Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp

This docudrama about the Cuban Missile Crisis was partly shot in Newport. 

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Little Children


Director: Todd Field

Cast: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley

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Director: Peter M. Lenkov

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Dijimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey

Shot at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport and the State House in Providence, this drama received four Academy Award nominations in 1998. 

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Outside Providence


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Shawn Hatosy, Amy Smart, Alec Baldwin

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Me, Myself & Irene


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Cast: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger. Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins

Filmed in Newport, Narragansett, Jamestown, and Galilee, this comedy centers on a Rhode Island State Trooper played by Jim Carrey. 

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Director: Lajos Koltai

Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Meryl Streep

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The Great Gatsby


Director: Jack Clayton

Cast: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern

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Self Storage


Director: Tom DeNucci

Cast: Eric Roberts, Jonathan Silverman, Michael Berryman, Tom DeNucci

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27 Dresses


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Ed Burns

Shot throughout Rhode Island, locations included the Rosecliff and Marble House mansions in Newport and a beach in Charlestown. 

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Dan in Real Life


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill

Filmed primarily in Jamestown, the movie also features the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett.

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale


Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander

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The Education of Charlie Banks


Director: Fred Durst

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri

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Meet Joe Black


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Reversal of Fortune


Director: Barbet Schroeder

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver

Jeremy Irons took home the Oscar for Best Actor for this drama, which was partly shot in Newport.

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Director: Frederik Du Chau

Cast: Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Warburton, Amy Adams

Shot entirely in Rhode Island, filming locations included Hope High School on the East Side of Providence.

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Tanner Hall


Directors: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenberg

Cast: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson

Shot in Providence and Newport, the film marks the the directorial debut of Brown University graduates Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg.

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Dumb and Dumber


Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly

Scenes from the beginning of this comedy were filmed on location in Providence, including a shot of the Big Blue Bug.


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