A telemarketer phone-duels with a mobster wannabe.
Where did the idea for a phone-conversation duel come from? Facebook, of course. I'd heard an "audio spoof" on a telemarketer, in which someone pretends to be a sheriff at a crime scene when he answers a telemarketer's call. I commented on the link, "Great idea for a short film." Coincidentally, so did Jan Militello. I asked her if she'd like to write a script, and I'd direct it. Three days later -- she sent me a first draft. As the script evolved, I decided it would make a great 'teaser' for a web comedy series I'd been working on (Two Hitmen) -- and hence, TELEMAFIA was born. I asked two friends of mine, Ray Abruzzo (SOPRANOS) and Jeff Richards (SNL, FLASH FORWARD) to star. Two months later we were on a two-day shoot on a zero-budget out of my garage and the halfway-rennovated location house that I'd used for THE SACRIFICE. The rest is TELEMAFIA history, and soon to come is Two Hitmen.
TELEMAFIA IN TIMES SQUARE on the JUMBOTRON from Diane Namm on Vimeo.