Review by Stephen Holden: When Dad's Temper Was the Problem

"Every family has its secrets — for us it was my father's rage," recalls Natalie Fine, the narrator of Debbie Goodstein-Rosenfeld's semiautobiographical period drama, "Mighty Fine." Heard but not seen, the grown-up Natalie (Janeane Garofalo) looks back to 1974, when the Fines abruptly moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans to be closer to her father's apparel factory. Continue Reading...

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Chazz was on NBC New York today discussing "Mighty Fine!"

Actor and New Yorker Chazz Palminteri talks about his new film "Mighty Fine" and some of his other iconic roles. Watch the interview...

Interview: Kerry Sulkowicz

Noted psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Kerry Sulkowicz, M.D. shares his thoughts on family, rage, abuse and healing in an exclusive interview for Mighty Fine Watch the interview...

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Psychiatrist and Consultant to CEOs Says the Movie, "Mighty Fine" Could Redeem Stressed Executives

New York, May 22, 2012 – Adopt Films today announced that Kerry Sulkowicz, M.D., famed psychiatrist and Managing Principal of the Boswell Group, a consulting firm focused on the psychology of business, states, "Mighty Fine" taps into truths that will resonate with a lot of people." The new independent film, starring Chazz Palminteri, Andie MacDowell, Rainey Qualley and Jodelle Ferland, demonstrates the impact of a father's work-related stress on his family. "Mighty Fine," directed and written by Debbie Goodstein, will open in theaters on May 25.

Dr. Sulkowicz says, "It often takes a cataclysmic event for alpha-male types to get help. High-powered businessmen are often in denial." The film, which was semi-autobiographical, depicts how frustration at work can transform into abuse taken out on the family. Dr. Sulkowicz continues, "Tough economic times can breed feelings of helplessness, and those so inclined react with feelings of impotent rage. Unfortunately, the targets of that rage tend to be those who can least defend themselves because of their positions of dependency: spouses and children."

Co-executive producer, Barbara Goodstein noted, "The movie appears to have revealed an unrecognized wound. The feedback has been consistently positive as women across the country share similar stories."

Dr. Sulkowicz explains, "The way to end the cycle of male rage is to make the phenomenon conscious, not only to raise awareness but ultimately to interrupt the cycle of abuse."

The film is set in the 1970s, during a period of recession and economic uncertainty. Writer, director Debbie Goodstein adds "The parallels between today's economy, with its high unemployment and recession, and that era, are undeniable. The story is a cautionary tale."

The interview with Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz is available at www.mightyfine-themovie.com, or the MightyFinethemovie Facebook page.

About "Mighty Fine"

A powerful family drama about a father's love for his wife and daughters, and their vulnerability in the face of his unpredictable and explosive rage. "Mighty Fine," premiering in select cities May 25, strikes a chord among those who've experienced the often incomprehensible behavior of an abusive parent.

About Adopt Films

Adopt Films is a new independent distribution company formed by October Films co-founder, Jeff Lipsky, and former exhibitor Tim Grady.

Interview: Chazz Palminteri, Oscar Nominated Film Veteran Plays A Multi-Layered Antihero In Indie Drama 'Mighty Fine'

With a rugged Italian charisma, and gravelly sonorous voice that's made him a man to be reckoned with in such movies as Bullets Over Broadway, Mulholland Falls, Analyze This and Running Scared (let alone the cat de capo of Stuart Little), one of the nicest casting surprises in Chazz Palminteri's formidable rogues gallery is having him play the head of Mighty Fine's family- be it two daughters (Jodelle Ferland, Rainey Qualley) and a Holocaust survivor wife (Andie MacDowell). Based on the Jewish father of writer-director Debbie Goodstein-Rosenfeld, Joe Fine leads his clan from Manhattan to the new promised land of New Orleans, circa the early 70's, to set up a clothing factory. Continue Reading...

Interview: Chazz Palminteri, The Flawed Father Of 'Mighty Fine', Talks Characters Past & Present

When one thinks of on-screen tough guys, nobody does it better then Academy Award Nominee Chazz Palminteri. But the famed writer and talented actor who brought pizzazz to such films as "A Bronx Tale," "The Usual Suspects" and "Bullets Over Broadway" is adding another standout role to his already impressive list – troubled father. In the new film set in the 1970's "Mighty Fine" (out May 25 from Adopt Films) Palminteri plays Joe Fine, a charismatic father and family man who also has an angry side that threatens the happiness of his home. Also starring the lovely Andie McDowell and featuring some memorable voice-over work by the captivating Janeane Garofolo, "Mighty Fine" is a dark but ultimately optimistic tale taken from the personal experiences of writer/director Debbie Goodstein-Rosenfeld. Continue Reading...

As Mother's Day Approaches, Moms Applaud "Mighty Fine" via Social Media

New York, May 10, 2012 – "Mighty Fine," a new independent film, starring Chazz Palminteri, Andie McDowell, Rainey Qualley and Jodelle Ferland, recently created an exclusive online red carpet premiere for over 100 Mom Bloggers, who collectively reach over 500,000 readers. The film, directed and written by Debbie Goodstein, will open in theaters on May 25.

"I have never seen such a consistently positive reaction online. This movie was universally loved by moms," said Drew Neisser, CEO of Renegade, the NYC-based social media agency.

Mom bloggers who participated in the campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting, received access to an online showing, via Constellation, the leader in interactive social media events on Thursday, May 10.

"I spent half the movie on the edge of my seat, wondering what would come of Chazz's character, and if the wife, played by Andie McDowell, would garner up enough strength to escape with her daughters before it was too late," wrote Robin of inspiredbysavannah.com.

Moms felt strongly that the movie offered an important message. "As a parent, this movie was a stark reminder of how harmful unpredictability and uncontrolled anger can be toward children of any age," noted Victoria of victoria7401.blogspot.com. "I think this film is a must-see ~especially for parents, teachers whose lives are intertwined with children," added Stephanie of littlepunkypie.blogspot.com.

What differentiated the film, for the moms, was the honest portrayal of emotional abuse. "This film shows that there necessarily doesn't have to be physical violence in order to cause pain within a family," wrote Anna of mama-writes.com

Participating moms appreciated the online viewing format, as well as the video chats with the stars that followed. "After the movie, we actually were able to 'interview' both Rainey Qualley and Chazz Palminteri through webcam on Constellation. It was fantastic -- and I'll admit, thrilling, "wrote Rachel of smallstepsonourjourney.com.

"I have never seen such a consistent, viral reaction to a movie before," said co-executive producer, Barbara Goodstein. "I am overwhelmed by the results and delighted to see how these mothers connected with this film."

Moms also acknowledged and appreciated that "Mighty Fine" is an independent film created by a female writer and director. "I think this is a great independent movie, written and directed by a woman about a subject that few movies have addressed in such a truthful and honest manner. If you're looking to support a non-mainstream, non-Hollywood movie – definitely consider checking it out!" wrote Rachel of smallstepsonourjourney.com.

For further information on "Mighty Fine," please go to www.mightyfine-themovie.com or the MightyFinethemovie Facebook page. Twitter: @Mightyfinemovie

About "Mighty Fine"

A powerful family drama about a father's love for his wife and daughters, and their vulnerability in the face of his unpredictable and explosive rage. "Mighty Fine," premiering in select cities May 25, strikes a chord among those who've experienced the often incomprehensible behavior of an abusive parent.

About Adopt Films

Adopt Films is a new independent distribution company formed by October Films co-founder, Jeff Lipsky, and former exhibitor Tim Grady.

About Constellation

Constellation is the leader in interactive online social movie events.

About Mom Central Consulting

Mom Central Consulting, the leading social media consulting firm focused on Moms, works with over 300 national brands, engaging Moms in powerful word-of-mouth programs.




Over 100 Mom Bloggers to Participate
in Exclusive Online Red Carpet
Premiere of "Mighty Fine"

New York, May 3, 2012 -- Adopt Films today announced, in conjunction with Mom Central Consulting, that over 100 Mom Bloggers, each with a following of thousands of readers, will be given access to an exclusive online premiere of the movie, "Mighty Fine." This independent film, directed and written by Debbie Goodstein, stars Chazz Palminteri and Andie MacDowell. "Mighty Fine" will open in theaters on May 25.

There will be two separate online previews, hosted by Constellation's online social events platform at www.constellation.tv; at 7pm and 10pm EST, May 3, 2012, so that bloggers from both the East and West coast can preview this film at their convenience. After each of the screenings, bloggers will have the opportunity to video chat with the cast of "Mighty Fine," including Chazz Palminteri, Rainey Qualley and Jodelle Ferland as well as creator, Debbie Goodstein.

Debbie Goodstein, writer and director of "Mighty Fine," said, "The response from the bloggers has been tremendous. I look forward to hearing their views on this semi-autobiographical film, on the conspiracy of silence that surrounds emotional abuse, and to exposing the topic to this extensive audience."

For further information on "Mighty Fine," please go to www.mightyfine-themovie.com or the MightyFinethemovie Facebook page. Twitter: @Mightyfinemovie

About "Mighty Fine"

A powerful family drama about a father's love for his wife and daughters, and their vulnerability in the face of his unpredictable and explosive rage. "Mighty Fine," premiering in select cities May 25, strikes a chord among those who've experienced the often incomprehensible behavior of an abusive parent.

About Adopt Films

Adopt Films is a new independent distribution company formed by October Films co-founder, Jeff Lipsky, and former exhibitor Tim Grady. Based in New York, this company was founded in 2011 and is rapidly expanding with its growing number of highly acclaimed, independent films.

About Constellation

Constellation is the leader in interactive online social movie events. As a social platform, it encourages users to invite friends to online events to participate together. Constellation partners with film distributors, studios, and media partners to showcase film and entertainment content to audiences online.

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