The film, which also debuted its first trailer (watch above), follows 41-year-old actor Lillo Brancato who made his debut in Robert De Niro’s 1993 directorial debut A Bronx Tale. He went on to star in Renaissance Man, Crimson Tide, and The Sopranos, but Brancato fell from grace after becoming an addict and getting arrested for the murder of NYPD Officer Daniel Enchautegui during a drug excursion gone horribly wrong. Despite being cleared of the murder charge, Brancato still spent more than eight years in prison on an attempted burglary conviction. During his time in prison the actor was finally able to get clean and sober so that now, out from behind bars, he can hopefully pick up where is acting career left off.
Stanulis (Clinton Road, Fifth Borough), who is also a decorated, retired NYPD officer, featured numerous people in the docu including Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), music producer Damon Dash, Paula Devicq (Party of Five”) and columnist A.J. Benza.
Wasted Talent won “Best Documentary” at the New York City International Film Festival. Stanulis also produced the film with Noel Ashman and Frank Mandarino. The distribution deal was negotiated with Freestyle Digital Media by Stanulis on behalf of the filmmakers.