Been a long, strange, trip over the last year.
2017 saw the death of my step dad, my mom, and my youngest daughter.
Took a greater toll from me then I thought — but life happens… as does death.
Facing what will most likely be the last few years of my life, I had to, in light of the above, come to some type of understanding of what to do to give not only meaning to my own life, but some type of income for my wife and myself.
After a few missteps, and observations on how well my first documentary film is being received, I have become convinced that documentary film-making on the Mob in the Midwest will be what I do from here on out.
Key to this idea was my working with Jason Love. His skill and honesty in our first documentary on Frank Balistieri (the last head of the Milwaukee mob as a powerful group) brought forth a fine film that can now be seen on Amazon Prime and YouTube.
We are moving into our second project: The Death of Allen Dorfman (the man who helped the Teamster money guy/mob associate who helped the mob “invest” in Las Vegas). This will begin filming in April 2018.
Then, next up will be the film Car Wars — a documentary on the Chop Shops and killings in Chicago (and related killings in Milwaukee).
We are also talking about doing a micro-budget campy Mob film with the issues brought up in our other films.
So it’s going to be all mob all the time! I love it. I hope you will too.
We filmed in Oshkosh, WI the weekend of 8/5/17.
This short film, written and directed by Wisconsin native Darby Kern, has a great cast of stars from Wisconsin. Hole Card is designed not only to tell a great story but to highlight the talents and skill sets of Wisconsin creatives. It tells a story that will please even a hardcore mob fan base.
In doing so, we hope to show companies that Made Men Production should be their “go to” place for advertising needs — from product placement to sponsorship of shows in the crime genre (a space that is growing more each day).
The production was shot over two days. It was a long affair; however, in the end, it was well worth the time, effort, and cost.
The next step is editing the film into its final form and setting it up on Vimeo for the fans to watch.
We will also be selling Hole Card t-shirts for our hardcore fans. Keep an eye on this blog for further updates!
Started working on the web page and it will be a work in progress as I learn how WordPress works with the new layout options. But I wanted to start laying out the plans we have sooner rather than later, so bear with me. (It’s driving me a bit crazy, to be honest).
At least we have an editor to fix my grammar and spelling after I get these posts out. Our editor will be earning her pay, that’s for sure.
We have a lot going on, so stay tuned! Updates will include stills then a teaser of our pilot of the web series Hole Card. We’re doing shoots this weekend in the Fox Valley.
Looking forward to this weekend and the fun times on the film set!