Writer/director Joe Benedetto is wrapping up post-production on his new film “Hide the Sausage.” It’s a black and white crime noir starring Joseph D’Onofrio (young Tommy from “Goodfellas,” Slick from “A Bronx Tale”) as ex-con Eddie “The Sausage” Zambri. This film is 180-degrees from Benedetto’s last film, the 2013 high-concept fantasy “A Guy Named Rick,” which has become a DVD/VOD cult hit. Don’t be fooled by the somewhat irreverent title of “Hide The Sausage” though — this is not a broad comedy by any means.
Here is the trailer for the film.
Here are some quotes from Joe Benedetto:
I do not usually set goals because this isn’t exactly a business conducive to achieving things exactly how you want when you want, but making a film in black and white was always something I yearned to do. Cross that sucker off the list, man.
Although HIDE THE SAUSAGE is set in present day, it has the look, sound, feel, and vibe of a film that was made in 1955 — and that was exactly how I envisioned it. The cast is so talented and they fleshed out the essence of the characters and created a mood that is undeniably cool — what “cool” is supposed to be. My cinematographer Ken Kotowski really brought the goods on this one to achieve the look I wanted, and wait until you hear Matt Noble’s score — totally kick-ass.
This film created a new challenge for me that I never faced before… We have a nightclub scene that has two musical performances. Matt Noble co-wrote two original songs with a mega-talent named Elle Morgan, and Victoria Gillette and Maxine Gordon performed those songs to perfection with very little preparation time, I might add.
We were shooting a chase scene one night on the streets of Manhattan. Our Steadicam operator was this dude from Paris named Joris Reynaud — he operates the camera while on Rollerblades. And while we were filming said chase scene, none other than Peter Dinklage walked right through our set! Pretty wild stuff.
Making films is an incredibly arduous process with very little margin for error. This cast and crew helped me achieve something special. They helped me make a film that reminds me why I got into the business in the first place.
“Hide the Sauage” will be entered into film festivals in 2016.
Benedetto’s Trajectory Films has many upcoming projects in the pipeline, including “Tale of the Wet Dog” and the detective comedy “Gumshoes” (acclaimed director John Gallagher recently came aboard as executive producer).