Filmmaker brings old-style cop movie to Vail film fest
VAIL, Colorado -Vail Film Festival seleciton “Disrupt/Dismantle” follows the undercover narcotics cops of LA’s Division 123 as they go head-to-head with a ruthless yet seductive foe. Echoing the familiar scenario of cops vs. bad guys, this story presents itself with new vigor, fresh and focused on the lives of determined cops making choices – and mistakes. As the discovery of bodies begins to tarnish the investigation – including the brutal murder of one of their own, Division 123 disregards the law to bring down the most powerful drug mob in the U.S. We had a chance to sit down with Jack (of-all-trades) Lucarelli to pick his mind about his film, which premieres this week at the Vail Film Festival, and to chat about his long history in Hollywood. Vail Daily: What was your role in this, your first feature film? Jack Lucarelli: I was very fortunate to be able to raise the funding for our movie. I co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film. I also played the role of Mike Marino, the lead character. It has been a magical experience I will never forget while making the film. I was able to surround myself with several multi-talented folks that made this film possible.VD: How did you get into the film business? JL: I grew up on 20 miles from Hollywood, yet it seemed a million miles away as far as ever thinking I would one day end up in the film business. I was asked more than 30 years ago while working in an advertising company if I might be interested in doing some modeling. After a couple of modeling jobs and some acting classes, I was hooked. I have been fortunate enough to have produced three movies and direct two of them. I spent many years beating around the film industry working in the beginning as a day player and eventually getting some guest starring roles on various TV shows. I also did some work in features like “Conquest of the Planet of Apes,” “Hostage” with Bruce Willis, “Collateral Damage” with Arnold Schwartznegger and more.VD: What was the inspiration for your screenplay and movie? JL: I have always been a fan of the cop movies from the 70s and 80s. “Bullitt,” “French Connection” and “Dirty Harry” are amongst those reality-based cop movies that I have always enjoyed watching. Steve McQueen was the man. I was the first in line to see his films. It was those films that I could relate to that inspired me to co-write the screenplay for “Disrupt/Dismantle”. The film is about a cop who has nothing to lose and is able to take down a crime family who had everything to lose. The lead character, Mike Marino, in a way, mirrored the way I was able to get the film done. Marino plays the game his way and finds a way to get the job done against all odds. I also found it interesting to write about someone who has to overcome his fears. I think it most cases, that is what we are all doing everyday in life.VD: What are you most proud of about the film? JL: For me, I have always taken pride in getting a big look on the screen for a small price. I can say with all confidence that our film has the look and feel of a studio-produced film. With that being said, it always comes down to the people whom you surround yourself with to get the job done. Our movie will make you feel, it will entertain, titillate and make you smile a few times.VD: Who is someone in Hollywood that you really admire? JL: I never hesitate to say Steve McQueen. Not too far behind are Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and some of the other greats. But in the end, it’s McQueen all the way.
Movie: “”Disrupt/Dismantle”.”Showing: 8 p.m. Friday at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek and 7:10 p.m. Sunday at Ford Hall in Beaver Creek. More details: A Q&A will follow the screening on Friday. More information: Visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.org.