January 2009

Vincent Pastore To Star In A Mafia Tale

New York, NY, January 8, 2009 - Vincent Pastore, aka "Big Pussy" in the award-winning HBO series "The Sopranos," has been signed to star in Gotham-based Pavaline Studios' upcoming short. The film will be scripted by the winner of Pavaline's Filmmakers Network Mafia Short Script Competition, the first in a series sponsored by the recently established indie studio.

Pastore who has a long list of film and television credits, has been working in back-to-back features, including the currently shooting "Thunder Doyle" and "The Ocean." "I am very happy to be a part of this competition," Pastore expressed. "I have always been a strong supporter of independent films and look forward to reading many interesting scripts." Paul Borghese, having worked with many Italian actors, including Pastore, has been set to helm the project.

With a February 21st submission deadline (including free entry for all contests by January 31st), the contest winner for the Mafia Short Script Competition will be announced in April, and production slated for late spring. Joseph James, Jr., Executive Producer for Pavaline Studios, has added a sense of importance for the entire slate of short films to be produced this year. "We value our short films and their writers the same way we do our features. We will use marquee lead actors in our shorts and support their submission to leading film festivals as well."

Pavaline Studios has been active in the development marketplace, including its partnership with DreamAgo, an international script-to-film development association. In addition to soliciting screenplays through's open door submission policy, the East Coast studio has participated in last year's IFP Emerging Narrative in NY, co-sponsored events at the AFI/AFM, and was a favorite exhibitor at the Screenwriting Expo in LA where they registered nearly 1,000 screenwriters to the website.

About Pavaline: Pavaline Studios was founded, in April 2008 in New York City, as a creative environment with an innovative approach to finding, developing and producing films that matter. From New York City, Pavaline works with strategic partners across the world, representing every aspect of filmmaking. For more information about the Pavaline Studios slate, advisory team and production process, log onto