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Oliver Stone Backs "Gravesend," A First Time Feature

Oliver Stone Backs "Gravesend," A First Time Feature





"Gravesend", Sal Stabile's first feature length film has some juice behind it: Oliver Stone. The director of "JFK" and "Platoon" has agreed to make a few phone calls for Sal to try to find a distributor.


Stabile is the writer-director of this dark comedy, the story of four gangsters who accidentally kill an associate's brother. Stabile, an NYU dropout, shot preliminary footage around his old Brooklyn neighborhood:
Coney Island, Bay Ridge and Gravesend.


He had spent around $5,000 when he showed the footage to some people he met at the Hamptons Film Festival last fall. Consequently, Toni and Mark Ross (their father is the late Steve Ross who was chairman of Time-Warner) came on the project as executive producers.


Stabile's next smart move was showing the film to attorney John Sloss -- central to the launching such careers as Ed Burns and Kevin Smith.


Stabile is now represented by the Creative Artists Agency and is writing his next movie, "Vinny's Lounge" set in Philadelphia.

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