Team Marco


Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 6, 2019 11:45 AM
Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 12, 2019 1:45 PM
Film Info
Section:Family Films
Running Time:92 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Julio Vincent Gambuto
Producer:Sam Sandweiss
Screenwriter:Julio Vincent Gambuto
B.R. Uzun
Cinematographer:Powell Robinson
Editor:Nick Garnham Wright
Cast:Owen Vaccaro
Anthony Patellis
Anastasia Ganias-Gellin
Louis Cancelmi
Tom Kopache
Jacob Laval
Print Source:Boro Five
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


Expected guests: Director Julio Vincent Gambuto, Executive Producer Maria DeNicolo, Producer Sam Sandweiss, Executive Producer Andrew Scrivani, Talent Tony Patellis, Talent Anastasia Ganias-Gellin, Actor Owen Vaccaro

It’s old world versus new world, and video games versus the world’s oldest game in this charming coming-of-age story that celebrates friendship, family, and above all, the squabbling, gregarious, loving Italian American culture of Staten Island’s South Beach. Eleven-year-old Marco (Owen Vaccaro, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Daddy's Home) cares only about gaming, and his sole friends are online. What he has in abundance are fears: of allergies, the outdoors, and other people. When Marco’s grandfather moves in for the summer, “Nonno” decides to teach his “robot” grandson how to live. A recent widower, Nonno finds solace at the bocce courts and in the camaraderie of his teammates: a collection of chuckling, cigar-chomping paisans straight out of central casting. Nonno challenges Marco to learn bocce and make friends, telling him: “Bocce is like life. It’s not about thinking. You have to feel.” Marco resists, but his inevitable awakening is genuinely moving as he rises to the challenge, forms a team, and tries to beat the old man at his own game. Age 8+

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Additional Information

Julio Vincent Gambuto has written and produced film and television content for Nickelodeon, PBS, E! Entertainment, and James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini. He is currently developing a family comedy series, The Julie Stories, based on his experiences growing up in a large Italian family on New York City’s Staten Island, where he is “Uncle Julie” to six kids. Julio is a graduate of Harvard University and completed his director training at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.