Imagine . . .
John Lennon and Elvis Presley taking a drive down Mulholland Highway.
That’s the premise of Vito Brancato’s film “Driving John Lennon”. Based on the climactic scene from Brancato’s feature screenplay “Our Night with Elvis”, a (mostly) fictional account of the actual meeting between Presley and the Fab Four that happened on August 27, 1965 in Bel-Air. So far Vito’s short film has snatched up three awards on the current festival circuit including a Silver Remi at Worldfest Houston.
Set on the outskirts of Chicago’s notorious west side, filmmaker Vito Brancato’s old-world Italian cafe serves as his production office and an authentic film set for his dark comedy series CAFÉ GANGSTER which chronicles the criminal activities of a crew in Little Italy who smuggle Sicilian heroin in bags of coffee beans.
Brancato’s career in television has its unusual roots in the colorful world of professional wrestling. Vito cut his filmmaker teeth on Sportschannel’s (Fox Sports) CHICAGO CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING as an editor, writer, director, producer and the villainous star performer Tony “The Razor” DiVito. After a four year run, Vito parlayed his colorful ring persona into the half hour comedy TV program “The Razor Show” which garnered a cult following with Chicago viewers. The success of “Razor” led to a string of independent films and videos including a dramatic film for PBS.
Originally broadcast nationally on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, BLACKSTONE is a political thriller and an unlikely love story woven within the biggest conspiracy in U.S. history.