Lenny Bitondo, producer, was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. His last film “2:22” went on to win Best Feature Film at The Malibu International Film Festival 2009, as well as being chosen to close the 2009 St. Louis Film Festival. He also produced the Lion’s Gate release “Played”. Starring Mick Rossi, Vinnie Jones, Val Kilmer, Gabriel Byrne, Anthony LaPaglia, Bruno Kirby and Sile Bermingham. Drawing you in with a delightfully dark premise, the film A Kiss and a Promise is co-written and directed by Phillip Guzman and stars Mick Rossi, Natasha Gregson Wagner (High Fidelity), Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games) and Sean Power (Lead Balloon). “We wanted to make a film that was based on actual true stories, one that was difficult in subject matter, because our main character was going to be a deeply troubled individual. The end result was a film that would deeply affect and change us all,” Guzman says.Rave reviews were received after screening at the 2011 Cinequest Film Festival and 2011 Dallas International Film Festival. Including Variety: “An exceptional offbeat suspensor,” “Rossi is creepily convincing as a sociopath.” And called “ a dark and challenging film” by Go See Talk.“A Kiss and A Promise” follows the story of David Beck (Mick Rossi), a closet sociopath but seemingly normal man, who owns and operates a bed and breakfast in Ontario with his wife (Natasha Gregson Wagner, who is the spitting image of her famous mother Natalie Wood), a fiery woman with masochistic tendencies. The harmony of the house is disrupted when a young girl’s body is found on the edge of town. The shocking climax of this twisted tale reveals the darker side of the human psyche. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at rexsikes.com
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