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Raymond De Felitta and a Film Called 'Stano'

Raymond De Felitta and a Film Called 'Stano'
(Ray Negron)

Monday, 31 July 2017 03:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Motion picture and baseball business seems to go hand in hand. They both deal with team concepts, and are both very scripted and choreographed. In baseball, you have batting practice. In films you have rehearsal. They both have lots of organizational meetings and both deal with lots of money. Every team and every film has its one or two big stars.

The biggest thing that the two have in common is that they cannot run without the big chief.

In baseball we call him the manager and in movie land we call him the director. Just like the manager in baseball, it's the director’s dream for the project that essentially takes us to the promise land. It is the director that has to wear so many different “hats” on the set.

He has to be a good guy when he doesn't want to be, and sometimes he has to be the bad guy. There are also many people working on the set with great creative minds, however it is the director’s mind that has the final say. Baseball is exactly the same way. The New York Yankees once had a great manager by the name of Billy Martin whom I admired very much. I loved how he used his coaches so beautifully. Everyone knew their role, which in turn allowed Billy to deal with the task at hand — which was to make the team win.

A movie called “Stano” will be filmed in the Bronx for the next couple of months. It is a fictional story about a young man with a dream — the story of most of our lives. It is a story that can only be directed by a man with a very strong soul. That man is Raymond De Felitta.

Raymond is a strong director with many film credits including the very wonderful film “City Island” which stared Academy Award nominated actor Andy Garcia. A film that was also shot in the Bronx. When I was told by Bill Chartoff that Raymond was hired to direct “Stano” I was very happy because I have known Andy Garcia for over 30 years. Andy did two films for Raymond, and if you know anything at all about film making than you know that those were Andy Garcia's best performances. (Understand that this is just my opinion). My reason being because Andy was so sincere in his delivery as an actor. Only a director can truly bring things out of an actor in certain ways.

It's the same thing in baseball.

Isn't it crazy that even though Reggie Jackson hated Billy Martin so much he still had his greatest moment (three homers in one World Series game) under Billy? Coincidence? Maybe. However that's what the great directors do.

I'm very excited to watch Raymond lead Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara and the entire cast and crew of "Stano." After reading the latest draft of this film, which is written so brilliantly by Robert Bruzio, I know that we are in for some magical moments in a film about the type of life that myself and many others have at one time lived in the Bronx and many parts of New York.

The only other director that I have personally worked with that could possibly do this film is Francis Ford Coppola who I spent 3 months working with in a film called "The Cotton Club." I say this in a very complimentary way because of my admiration for Francis and the respect that I have developed for Raymond in a very short time.

Again, Kudos to the Chartoff Group for bringing the right director for the right film for the city that has the greatest stories to tell.

Billy Martin would have loved "Stano" but then again, the Boss would have to.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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