Principal photography is now underway in Alabama on the thriller “Moose” starring two-time Oscar® nominee John Travolta with Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst directing for Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group.
Based on events from Fred Durst’s own life, “Moose” was written by Durst with Dave Bekerman.
John Travolta is playing the title character Moose – a rabid movie fan obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar, played by Devon Sawa (“Final Destination,” “Nikita”). As Moose’s obsession grows stronger, his fixation turns from stalking to ambition of destroying the star’s life. The story was inspired by a real life fan who stalked Durst many years ago.
Producers are Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi (AMBI Media Group) and Oscar Generale and Daniel Grodnik (Wonderfilm Media).
AMBI Pictures and Media Finance Capital (MFC) are fully financing the film and Executive Producers on behalf of Media Finance Capital are David Gilbery (McQueen, The Survivalist, Bone Tomahawk), and Charles Dorfman (The King’s Speech, Shame).
Richard Salvatore, Kirk Shaw, Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler also serve as Executive Producers. Co-Executive Producers are Linda Favila and Anson Downes.
Wonderfilm Media is a collaboration of four seasoned film executives that will be traded shortly on the Toronto Stock Exchange and is a Finance, production and distribution entity.
AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of AMBI Media Group, will handle worldwide sales for the film.
“Moose” marks the second collaboration between AMBI and John Travolta in the last year. Travolta starred with music superstar Shania Twain in AMBI’s father/son stock car racing film “Trading Paint,” which is currently in post-production.
Durst previously directed the feature films “The Education of Charlie Banks” and “The Longshots”.
Said Andrea Iervolino, “There certainly is no shortage of amazing Fred Durst stories to tell, but this one in particular is unequivocally cinematic in how it plays out. John’s range as an actor will once again be shown off as he steps into a character that Fred is all too familiar with – making this pairing so exciting. We have great producing partners in Dan and Oscar, and great story for John and Fred to bring to life. We couldn’t be happier.”
AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”
AMBI has emerged as one of the industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies with the capacity to develop, package, finance, produce and distribute a broad array of films for the worldwide marketplace. Among the films on AMBI’s burgeoning film slate are the father/son stock car racing film “Trading Paint,” starring Two-time Oscar® nominee John Travolta, Shania Twain, Toby Sebastian and Michael Madsen; the romantic drama “Best Day of My Life” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Renée Zellweger, Common and Simon Baker; Lamborghini biopic “Lamborghini – The Legend” starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin; the revenge thriller “Bent” from Academy Award® winner Bobby Moresco, starring Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia; the heist movie “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, William Fichtner and Forest Whitaker, directed by Mark Steven Johnson; the Andrea Bocelli biopic “The Music of Silence”, directed by Oscar® nominated Michael Radford and starring Antonio Banderas, Toby Sebastian and Jordi Molla; the psychological thriller “Black Butterfly” starring Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; the faith based children’s film “Beyond the Sun,” featuring His Holiness Pope Francis; and the 3D, CGI animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad” starring Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco and Anjelica Huston.
The AMBI movie and television library includes an incredibly diverse portfolio of critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back,” to name a few.
Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 60 feature films including “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Humbling.” He is considered one of the youngest and most accomplished entrepreneurs in the film industry and was the recipient of the coveted Mimmo Rotella Award for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry – presented to him at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, alongside fellow recipients Al Pacino and Barry Levinson. Iervolino was most recently the recipient of a special award from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of the Lazio Federation of Ontario distinguishing himself in both the Italian-Canadian community and Canadian society at large. He also the Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF).
The prestigious University of Pisa commissioned and just published a biographical book based on Iervolino’s life titled “Da Cassino Ad Holliwood”.
Renowned for her passion of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.