The Soprano State Documentary Opens This Weekend

One Thousand People attended Premiere in New York City

Oct 20, 2010, 17:45 ET from New Jersey Pictures, LLC

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey Pictures announced today that THE SOPRANO STATE, New Jersey's Culture of Corruption, The Documentary: Part One, a film inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure, and produced by three-time Academy Award® nominee Steve Kalafer, his producing partner Bruce Raiffe, and directed by Peter LeDonne, will be released in select Clearview Cinemas beginning Friday, October 22, 2010.

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Over one thousand people attended the film's official premiere this past Monday at Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.  Governor Chris Christie attended and commented that the film ". . . reflects seven years of his life," a reference to his corruption-busting term as U.S. attorney for New Jersey. "I think it sends a really important message to the public," he said to reporters after the film.

The documentary takes viewers on a wild ride of political power and corruption that started when New Jersey was still a colony. The film exposes elected officials who ran on platforms promising to end the very practices they now find themselves behind bars for. The film features interviews and commentary from the attorneys, politicians, federal prosecutors and journalists who witnessed it all. The film is narrated by Tony Darrow, who has played in a variety of films, including The Sopranos and Goodfellas.

The production team for THE SOPRANO STATE includes Moskovic (Director of Photography), Daniel Raiffe (Associate Producer), and Molly Williamson (Editor). This film is not yet rated.

ABOUT THE BOOK

"The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption" by veteran journalists Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure was published by St. Martin's Press and became a New York Times Bestseller the first week, selling out in three days. The latest version, to accompany the movie, will be released this month.

The book has been called "a page-turner. You start out laughing and end up pounding the table for reform" by Tom Curley, CEO, The Associated Press.

"Looking for laughs at the expense of stupid criminals? Their nonfiction tale reads like a pay-per-view epic, hence the Tony title. Featured are real life politicians, businessmen and mobsters who've less than gracefully nabbed headlines the past 30 years," said the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald.

And from Barnes & Noble, "If Garden State politicians were worried that The Sopranos would give Jersey a bad name, they would be mortified by the allegations in Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure's revealing muckrake. Penned by two hardworking Trenton investigative reporters, The Soprano State paints a picture of widespread corruption that would embarrass even the Bada Bing! Crowd. Scandalously good."

For Showtimes, Locations and Tickets, visit www.MovieTickets.com or visit www.clearviewcinemas.com

The movie trailer can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6ZP0DM1po

SOURCE New Jersey Pictures, LLC