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“Bless Me Father”: A Riveting Neorealist Mob Movie for Independent Film Enthusiasts

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For movie viewers who crave the allure of new independent films and the gritty world of Italian Mafia movies, “Bless Me Father” is a cinematic masterpiece that demands attention. With echoes of iconic classics like “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas,” and “The Sopranos,” this award-winning film provides a fresh take on the genre. Now available for streaming on PRIME VIDEO and TUBI, “Bless Me Father” takes viewers on a raw and powerful journey through the dark underbelly of the mafia, the influence of the Catholic Church, and the complexities of family life in New Jersey. 

The Birth of “Bless Me Father” 

“Some want a white dress and a big wedding, and others want to move to New Jersey and make an Italian mobster movie! The best part is that everyone who was invited to our wedding, which got canceled due to COVID-19, became a part of the ‘Bless Me Father’ cast. We could have had one big night, but instead, we will have this movie forever!” – Milly-May McLaughlin 

“Bless Me Father” is more than just a film. It is a testament to the resilience and creative spirit of its creators, Gianni and Milly-May. The journey began when they met backstage during the rehearsal of the off-Broadway play “D.O.A.” Their shared love for storytelling sparked an immediate connection, and five months later, they tied the knot. As fate would have it, their dream wedding plans were shattered by the pandemic. 

"Bless Me Father": A Riveting Neorealist Mob Movie for Independent Film Enthusiasts
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But instead of succumbing to disappointment, Milly-May proposed a bold idea: to use the money they had saved for the wedding to bring Gianni’s screenplay, “Bless Me Father,” to life. Seizing the opportunity to turn a negative situation into a positive one, the couple embarked on a journey of passion and determination. 

The Making of “Bless Me Father” 

The summer of 2020 saw the production of “Bless Me Father” come to fruition. With a cast composed entirely of local New Jersey residents and non-actors, the film embraces a modern-day neorealist approach to the mob movie genre. This unique casting choice adds an authentic layer to the storytelling, capturing the essence of real-life individuals who have experienced the impact of organized crime. 

The production of “Bless Me Father” served as a beacon of hope and camaraderie during a time when the world seemed to have come to a standstill. As communities faced the challenges posed by the pandemic, the film set became a haven for the cast and crew, fostering a sense of unity and purpose. 

Unveiling the Dark Side 

“Bless Me Father” delves into the unglamorous aspects of the gangster lifestyle that often go unnoticed. Unlike other films that romanticize and glorify the lives of mobsters, this movie peels back the layers to expose the pain, suffering, and harsh realities faced by those entangled in a world of crime. It offers viewers a raw and unfiltered perspective, shedding light on the consequences and sacrifices that come with living the “thug life.” 

“Bless Me Father” stands as a remarkable testament to the indomitable spirit of its creators and the power of storytelling. Its availability on PRIME VIDEO and TUBI ensures that independent film enthusiasts and fans of Italian Mafia movies can now immerse themselves in this neorealist gem. With its gripping narrative, authentic portrayal of characters, and thought-provoking exploration of the dark side of the mafia, “Bless Me Father” is a must-watch for cinema lovers seeking a fresh take on a classic genre. A cult-classic is born! 

To learn more about “Bless Me Father” and its creators, visit their website at www.blessmefathermovie.site. Engage with the film’s social media presence on Instagram and Facebook. The movie is also available on PRIME VIDEO and TUBI. 

Indulge in the captivating world of “Bless Me Father,” where the boundaries of family, faith, and crime collide in a tale that will leave you breathless. Experience the movie that captures the essence of true independent filmmaking and reaffirms the power of storytelling in its purest form. 


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