THE SOPRANO STATE: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption

The Documentary: Part One

BASED ON THE BOOK BY THE SAME NAME, THE DOCUMENTARY FILM PREMIERS AT THE ZIEGFELD ON OCTOBER 18; OPENS IN SELECT CINEMAS ON OCTOBER 22

Envelopes of money exchanged for political favors. Cash paid for back-door deals. Construction contracts handed out for those who bribed elected officials. Sound like an episode of "The Sopranos"? Worse. Welcome to New Jersey, where politics and corruption go hand-in-hand

Oct 06, 2010, 15:50 ET from New Jersey Pictures, LLC

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /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. The film's official premier is scheduled for Monday, October 18, at Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

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 SOPRANO STATE, New Jersey's Culture of Corruption, The Documentary: Part One, has reunited a very successful team. It is executive produced by Kellie Pyffer.   The combined talents of Kalafer, LeDonne and Pyffer produced the Academy Award®-nominated films Curtain Call and Sister Rose's Passion, the latter of which was the winner of the Best Documentary Short at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. Both films were acquired by HBO. The trio also joined with Steven Moskovic, who served as Director of Photography, on The Diary of Immaculee, which was honored at The 2006 Toronto film Festival's "One By One" event.

The production team for THE SOPRANO STATE includes Moskovic (Director of Photography), Daniel Raiffe (Associate Producer), and Molly Williamson (Editor).

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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."

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