The Real CASINO Split Screen Criterion Version

The Real Casino which is about the real Chicago 'outfit' guys who were basis for the Scorsese mob epic, Casino.

  • Joseph Alexandre
    Warriors of the Discotheque, Psychotropic Overload, The Early Inauguration
  • Joseph F. Alexandre
    Warriors of the Discotheque, Psychotropic Overload, The Early Inauguration
  • Janet Pierson
    Split Screen
  • John Pierson
    Split Screen, Chasing Amy, Reel Paradise
  • Frank Buccieri
    Key Cast
  • Tony Spilotro
    Key Cast
  • Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal
    Key Cast
  • Mike Guardino
    Key Cast
  • Ellen Buccieri
    Key Cast
    "herself "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television
  • Genres:
    drama, crime, mafia
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Betacam SP, Super 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Criterion Channel
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Joseph Alexandre

Joseph F. Alexandre was born in Manhasset, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Marquette University, with a BA majoring in Political Science. Alexandre has directed several shorts and narrative and documentary features starting with Psychotropic Overload, a psychological thriller in the vein of Jodowrowsky or E. Elais Merhige. In Hock and Staying There is a narrative/doc hybrid about a no-budget Indie's filmmaker's vexing path to sustainability and success, but instead leads to a gradual descent into insanity. Into The Chasm which comes under the guise of a thriller, but is really a meditative piece on the nature of gun violence in the U.S. and offers in it's subtext a few possible reasons why. And, the truncated short version of Into the Chasm entitled Shadow Play, which stars noted stage actor and screenwriter John Crowther (co-wrote Charles Bronson film The Evil That Men Do) and son of legendary New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther. In Hock and Staying There got indie gurus' John & Janet Pierson’s attention (Janet is currently chief executive of the SxSW Film Fest) and prompted the Piersons to commission, The Real Casino, for their show Split Screen for IFC/ Bravo, where The Blair Witch Project and American Movie originated.

The full- length version Back Home Years Ago: The Real Casino aired on Image Union, WTTW Channel 11, the Chicago PBS affiliate. It has screened in some 25 festivals worldwide and is included on the TF 1 Collector’s Edition 3 disc DVD of Casino in France and all French speaking territories. It was released in the U.S. on DVD with several versions, deleted scenes, and extra interview footage and is available at amazon, netflix, and The film has appeared on IFC, Bravo, PBS, Time-Warner cable, Moviola cable in Canada, as well as being licensed by French media giant TF 1, Delta Airlines, and Air Canada. The Real Casino is an impressionistic, de- glamorization of the Hollywood mob film, removing a bit of the sheen said, "it's scarier than anything in Casino or GoodFellas....", efilmcritic described it as, "a primer for Indie filmmakers..."

Alexandre is developing the aforementioned short film into a feature called WiseAcre with the attachment of Jonas Ball (The Killing of John Lennon, The Blind, and The Objective), and has written several other narrative scripts, some at studio level. In addition to his Independent film work, he has worked on larger budgeted films like the BMW Film series, The Hire, specifically, Ticker, which was directed by Joe Carnahan and starred Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, and Clive Owen. Continuing his collaboration with Carnahan, Alexandre was commissioned by Film Engine and New Line Cinema to write a script for Joe Carnahan to direct.

Most recently, Alexandre wrote and directed the award winning documentary, Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club Documentary, that premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas as well as Holly Shorts, New Filmmakers- Anthology Film Archives, Moors Bar screening series in London, UK and Queer Fruits Film Festival in Australia. The film is about the notorious Starck Club (so called because it was the first major project designed by Philippe Starck in North America, it put him on the map in the US.) The Starck Club opened in Dallas in 1984 and not long after hosted the 1984 national Republican Convention in the form of a “Starcktari” party complete with baby elephant. Ironically, it was actually legal to buy MDMA, aka ecstasy there, people would put it on their credit cards. The DEA stepped in and made it a category 1 drug on July 1, 1985... The Club would become ground zero for the entire rave/ecstasy scene. In addition, the club had a significant hand in introducing LGBT culture to the heart of Texas. The doc is being developed into a narrative episodic for cable, with a complete pilot and series bible.

Alexandre is currently repped by Michael Lewis & Associates and a current member in good standing of the WGA west.

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It's the 20th anniversary of the initial airing on the legendary IFC show which was on Film Struck/ Criterion channel, Criterion Channel will re-launch in April. Here's The Real Casino segment from Split Screen w. opening bumper & end credits, just under 10 min: Iconic Indie films like The Blair Witch Project, American Movie, and several others got their genesis on the Show, which also featured talent like Kevin Smith, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Christopher Walken, Julian Schnabel, David O. Russel, and Oscar winning (Citizen 4) Laura Poitras who was an editor. More can be found on Split Screen here:

The full version of the award winning documentary initially aired on WTTW- Image Union in Chicago, despite a myriad of success in other venues & platforms. Back Home Years Ago: The Real Casino, can also be found on the exclusive art-house S-VOD platform Fandor As well as Amazon Prime: You can see the full 37 min version here: password: realcas screener The film also was licensed by TF 1 co-financier of Casino for a special 3 disc set in France and all French speaking territories. This documentary takes a different tack, as it focuses on the contrast between Hollywood gloss versus unseemly reality and seeks to rip away the gloss and veneer of the Hollywood gangster film, documenting the push back from many Italian- (Jewish) Americans against the 'gangster' stereotype. And, I have to ability to adapt to programming needs as I have 7, 14, and 37 min versions respectively that can fit any program of shorts.... More about The Real Casino here: I know the idea is to find and screen new & exciting work, but it's also fun to shine a light on things that may have slipped thru the cracks. It would seem to be a logical assumption some Fests may want to screen it....