Pittsburgh Connection to Drummer for the Mob - Actors Kurt Angle, Tom Savini, Sam Nicotero Join Cast of Northshore Pictures Film

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A film about organized crime’s control of clubs in Pittsburgh, written by a Pittsburgher will feature three well-known Pittsburgh-born actors. Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, award-winning makeup and special effects artist and actor Tom Savini and veteran actor Sam Nicotero have signed on with Northshore Pictures, as it is casting parts during preproduction of Drummer for the Mob.

A film about organized crime’s control of clubs in Pittsburgh, written by a Pittsburgher will feature three well-known Pittsburgh-born actors. Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, award-winning makeup and special effects artist and actor Tom Savini and veteran actor Sam Nicotero have signed on with Northshore Pictures (http://www.northshore-pictures.com) as it is casting parts during preproduction of Drummer for the Mob.

Kurt Angle, who won the gold medal in heavyweight wrestling at the Olympics in 1996, has turned to acting in recent years. He made his film debut as a racist deputy in Chains in 2008. Since then, Angle has starred in Northshore Pictures films End Game, Warrior and River of Darkness.

Tom Savini is known for his work on the Living Dead films by George Romero, as well as Creepshow, The Burning, Friday the 13th, The Prowler and Maniac. Savini has appeared in films such as Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk till Dawn, Grindhouse and, recently, Machete.

Sam Nicotero has appeared in more than 20 films, including Northshore Pictures productions of Death from Above, End Game and River of Darkness, as well as The Mothman Prophecies, Hoffa and My Bloody Valentine.

Other actors who have signed on with the cast of Drummer for the Mob include Robert Z’Dar, who has appeared in many films during his career, including: The Night Stalker (1987), The Killing Game (1988), and Dead End City (1988) and Marching out of Time (1993) directed by Anton Vassil. Z’Dar's name became recognizable when he played Matt Cordell in 1988’s Maniac Cop, a film about a maniac in an NYPD cop uniform who brutally murders people.

Another veteran actor who has committed to the project is Eddie Mekka, best known for his role as Carmine Ragusa in the hit sitcom, Laverne & Shirley. His recent television credits include 24, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Bold and the Beautiful, and as Detective Murdoch in the Fox television movie Catch Me If You Can. Mekka also had a small role in the 1992 film A League of Their Own.

Drummer for the Mob
Based on the novel, Drummer for the Mob (http://www.drummerforthemob.com), written by Pittsburgh musician and author, Frank Catanzano, the story centers on Frankie Severino, the drummer and leader of The Nite Lites, that becomes a well-liked band in the clubs operated by wise guys. Frankie becomes so trusted by Big Julie Passano, a ruthless capo in a Pittsburgh crime family, that he has him doing small jobs and deliveries, including gathering information on the rival families for whom the group works. Frankie falls in love with Toni, a young woman he meets at the club, who wants him out of the clutches of the mob. The FBI puts the squeeze on Frankie to deliver information that could bring Passano to justice. The pressure applied by the FBI and Passano’s organization is a vortex threatening to destroy him and Toni. It comes to a violent conclusion, as Frankie double crosses one to save themselves from the other.

Currently in preproduction and scouting locations, Northshore Pictures’ Executive Producer is Bryan Koehler and composers are Wayne Hurry and Rob Hurry. Production is slated to begin April 1, 2011. The film will be directed by Bruce Koehler.

About North Shore Pictures:
Bruce and Bryan Koehler grew up in the Pittsburgh area and both attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Bruce for Communications and Bryan for Speech Communication and Theater. In 1990, Bruce founded Pittsburgh Based Retro Media, a television commercial production company specializing in on-location shooting, post production and digital editing. North Shore Pictures
was formed to produce feature length films in 2005.

About Frank Catanzano:

Frank Catanzano, author of Drummer for the Mob, is a respected journalist and public relations professional who has worked for corporations and organizations around the world. He has written speeches for top executives and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from stainless alloys for aerospace to life aboard an oil super tanker. Frank has won more than 16 national and local writing and publicity awards and today owns Emerald City Communications, a Pittsburgh public relations firm. An accomplished musician, he also plays drums with The Jazz Express at area venues such as The Rivers Casino and D’Imperio’s. Frank is completing his second novel, Killer Body, due to be published in spring, 2011.

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