‘Sir. First birthdays at the Showcase – East Greenwich News


Above: Cast and producers of Mr. Birthday on the red carpet.

A mix of Rhode Island and Hollywood share the red carpet

Chad and Michelle Verdi of East Greenwich have been producing films for a decade now – including Bleed for This (about Vinnie Pazienza) and Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman (nominated for Best Picture). Now their son, Chad Jr. – who has worked on numerous Verdi films, collecting advice along the way – has stepped out with his feature debut, Mr. Birthday, which premiered Thursday night at the Showcase Cinema on The Division. Street.

The young producer was busy greeting everyone on Thursday, including the stars of the film, Eric Roberts, Jason London and Anna Marie Dobbins, as well as Trinity Rep mainstay Fred Sullivan. Some of the child actors were also at the theater, including Joshua Johnson, 12, of Hamden, Connecticut, and Gabriella Spinney, 8.

“It’s my first first and I love doing this stuff,” Spinney said. “It makes me happy.”

Several people from Yolani’s, a Greek restaurant on Westminster Street, were also present at the premiere. The film was shot entirely in Rhode Island, primarily in Providence, including Yolani’s. “It was an exciting and fun experience,” said John Philippides of Yolani.

“I’m just excited we’re doing this in Rhode Island,” Verdi said.

The film was directed by Dan Hunter, from a screenplay by Matthew Luke Tucci; Tom DeNucci also produced.

“This is the holy grail of independent cinema,” said Chad Verdi, Sr., of his son’s success. “It will be in 11 different states in theaters and it will reach 150 million households on VOD on December 17. It doesn’t get bigger than that.”

He added: “He did it all on his own – it’s a big deal. It’s time to let him run the show and let me relax.

Learn more about Mr. Birthday HERE.

Chad Verdi, Jr., is interviewed.

Mr. Birthday stars Fred Sullivan and Eric Roberts.

Joshua Johnson and Gabriella Spinney, who are both in Mr. Birthday.

Posing with Eric Roberts.

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