Independent Filmmaker's Guide

Episode #37

July 6, 2021


The "Legitimate Business" of Making a Harvey Keitel Gangster Film

Meyer Lansky is as instrumental to The National Crime Syndicate as Harvey Keitel is to legendary cinematic performances. In writer/director Eytan Rockaway’s second feature, he brings them both together, with an all-star cast in order to tell the true and personal story of the most infamous gangsters you’ve never heard of in the movie LANKSY.

In today’s episode, hosts Steven Pierce and James Allerdyce walk through each step of the process with Rockaway, from financing, to choosing locations, production design in two separate time periods, distribution, as well as technical aspects of running the set each day.

“When the aging Meyer Lansky is investigated one last time by the Feds who suspect he has stashed away millions of dollars over half a century, the retired gangster spins a dizzying tale, revealing the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.” – Lansky IMDb

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IFG is created by Framework Productions. This episode was hosted and directed by Steven Pierce and James Allerdyce, and produced and edited by Matt Mundy & Audrey Rae McHale. The music is by Glass Boy. Find his music on freemusicarchive.org.