“Everybody Loves Raymond” Star, Doris Roberts,
Takes On New Dramatic Film Role Set in New York
New York, NY (June 9, 2014) Doris Roberts, beloved for her role as Marie on the long-running sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," will play the wise, loving Italian aunt, Zizi, in the independent film adaptation of Gerald Celente’s “What Zizi Gave Honeyboy,” the film's producers have announced.
The project was conceived and developed for the screen by veteran producers Dominick Ciardiello, Liz Liberatore and Andrew Koss. They are joined by award- winning director Brett Donowho in announcing that principle casting is complete. Koss also serves as the screenwriter and will portray “Honeyboy” (Celente) in the film.
The book and film center on the heart warming story of a feisty, sagacious and affectionate Italian matriarch (Roberts), widowed and living alone, who synthesizes a chaotic world for her nephew (Celente), who has seen his career and family life fall apart. Over home-cooked meals and Scrabble games at Zizi’s kitchen table, she offers sage advice on how to rebuild a meaningful life.
Production is slated to begin next month in New York supported by an ongoing fundraising effort on IndieGoGohttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zizi-and-honeyboy--2
In a short video available on the film’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ ZiziandHoneyboy) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ZiziandHoneyboy) pages , Roberts, winner of five Emmy Awards, explains why she thinks this film is important: “It helps you to learn to love, to give more of yourself…it takes so little to help someone...life can be so sweet.” She challenges the audience to share #Who Is Your Zizi.
Gerald Celente, national best-selling author and publisher of The Trends Journal and trendsresearch.com, is well respected for forecasting trends across a wide spectrum of topics, including geopolitics, economics, health and pop culture. He calls this film his passion project. “The world is waiting for Zizi," he said. "We need her now more than ever.”
After appearing in a variety of film roles and theater productions in New York and Los Angeles, Koss realized he also had a hunger for writing. Working closely with Celente, the book came to life as a film because, as Koss says, "there were so many great moments in the book. But at the heart it is the relationship between Zizi and Gerald. It's what saves Gerald from his darkest moment and I wanted to write a tribute to their bond and how it transcends generations."
In addition to Roberts, the filmmakers have assembled their New York-based team, including Casting Director Adrienne Stern and Producers Amy Fruchtman, Anna Orlova , David Schaffer and Truls Teigen.