Private Project


A chance Canadian border seizure puts a once notorious Ohio steel town back in the cross hairs of the Drug Enforcement Agency. As the investigation gets underway they discover a small crime family located in Youngstown, Ohio, a place once dubbed nationally as “Crimetown, USA” is the distribution hub for a large scale international heroin ring. Jim Tavers, an agency legend and fresh off a transfer after single-handedly dismantling what was left of the Bonnano crime family in New York heads up the local office. He assigns Amber Alisio, an ambitious young agent with lethal beauty the potential career making case. She is sent deep undercover to infiltrate the organization and her target is the son of the family's imprisoned boss, Dominic Milini Jr. The cool headed heir apparent runs the street side of the multi million dollar drug pipeline, trusting only his loyal and deadly crew of childhood friends who all grew up together in the life. The investigation really ramps up when Tavers uncovers a potentially explosive situation as a power struggle begins to develop inside the crime outfit. Geographically located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland a series of treacherous moves splits the family's alliances between the two cities, one of whom works exclusively with a dangerous drug cartel. When they start showing up in town it sets the stage for an all out war between the two regional powers, with Youngstown caught smack in the middle. Hand-picked for her skill set agent Alisio's training prepared her for everything, except falling for the man she was sworn to take down. Dominic Milini Jr. never had a choice in life, and he will do whatever it takes for a second chance and a shot at true love. She is caught in a high stakes game of cat and mouse, completely torn between an oath and a love she can’t turn away from. In the most corrupt town in America...those stakes couldn’t get any higher.

  • Nico Tatalovic
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  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    March 16, 2015
    Third Place Award Winner Feature Screenplay
  • Ohio Independent Film Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    May 18, 2015
    Official Selection Northcoast Screenplay
  • Screenplay Readers Spec Script Tournament
    Los Angeles, California
    February 1, 2016
  • Mountain Film Festival
    Denver, Colorado
    February 10, 2016
    Screenplay Competition Official Finalist
  • International Independent Film Awards
    Encino, California
    March 4, 2016
    Gold Award Level Screenplay Competition
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, California
    December 10, 2016
    Screenplay competition-Semi-Finalist
Writer - Nico Tatalovic