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My Father's A Cop


 

 

The Story of the Greenwich Village Legend, Jerry Dean

 

Directed by Mario Sorrenti

Produced by Sarah Teale & Kurt Brungardt

 

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My Father's A Cop


 

 

The Story of the Greenwich Village Legend, Jerry Dean

 

Directed by Mario Sorrenti

Produced by Sarah Teale & Kurt Brungardt

 

 

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Synopsis


Synopsis


My Father's a Cop chronicles Jerry Dean's journey from extorting the owner of A&W Root Beer's son for $6,000 at his private upper east side grammar school when he was 12 through a series of teenage, gun-wielding crime sprees to incarcerations in America's toughest prisons, repeated trips to the Bellevue Psych Ward, movie star friendships, run-ins with gangsters, kinky sex with supermodels, a burgeoning acting career, Hollywood break-ups and break downs, and an undying and tumultuous relationship with his father that would make Sophocles and Shakespeare blush.

After hitting rock bottom, Jerry finds a social worker-angel and redemption in one the darkest places on the planet— Sing-Sing Prison Psychiatric Ward, a 30 bed facility created for the state's most mentally ill criminals.

More than just Jerry's story, My Father a Cop is the story of one man desperately trying to confront his manic depression and a childhood trauma as he cycles up and down the American dream of fame, power and money.

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Filmmakers


Filmmakers


mario sorrenti

DIRECTOR

MARIO SORRENTI, a photographer and director, exploded on to the fashion scene in the 1990s, largely due to his sexually charged editorial work, published in American and Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Sorrenti was born in Naples, Italy, but moved to New York City at the age of ten where he is still based. He has had exhibitions in London (Victoria and Albert Museum), Paris, Monaco and New York (Museum of Modern Art). He has undertaken campaigns and directed commercials for Calvin Klein, and has shot Kate Moss for the Calvin Klein Obsession ads. He has also worked for Lancôme, Paco Rabanne, Benetton and Pirelli Calendar 2012. 

Additionally, Sorrenti is responsible for the photographs on several music releases, most notably Shakira's Fijación Oral Vol. 1, as well as R&B artist Maxwell's album Embrya and a solo album by John Taylor of Duran Duran. His first musical project was the photography for rock group Del Amitri's 1995 album, Twisted. He has just directed his first feature film.

SARAH TEALE

PRODUCER

SARAH TEALE was a Producer on the HBO series The Weight of the Nation, which was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy. Other HBO films include Dealing Dogs, (Emmy nominated for Best Investigative Documentary) where an undercover animal rights activist exposes the illegal sale of dogs; Hacking Democracy, (Emmy nominated for Best Investigative Documentary) a high-profile film investigating electronic voting machine fraud; Death on a Factory Farm, an investigative documentary exposing conditions at factory farms across the country; Bellevue: Inside Out, a year inside the locked psychiatric wards at Bellevue Hospital; and Mumia Abu Jamal: A Case For Reasonable Doubt?, an investigation into the highly controversial case of a black journalist on death row. Mumia Abu Jamal received a Cable Ace Award nomination. She most recently co-produced and directed Grazers: A Cooperative Story on the formation of a farm cooperative in collaboration with Lisa F. Jackson, being distributed by Collective Eye.

kURT BRUNGARDT 

PRODUCER / WRITER

KURT BRUNGHARDT has directed over a dozen plays in New York, Los Angeles and at regional theaters. He specializes in the one-man show. His last show, Bohemian Cowboy (2010), by Raymond Shurtz, had an extended run at The Elephant Theater in Los Angeles. It received rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times and was selected as the "Pick of the Week" by the L.A. Weekly. Brungardt is the author of 12 books (several bestsellers) and he writes for Vanity Fair, Men's Health, Aspen Peak, and SLAM. His 10 part web documentary, Undrafted, can be seen on SLAMonline.

jerry dean 

PERFORMER

 JERRY DEAN grew up in the West Village, a third generation Irish-American. New York City was his playground. When Jerry wasn't in prison or the a psyche ward, he boxed, had a modeling career, and appeared in eight films, working with such esteemed directors and actors as Sidney Lumet, William Hurt, Sharon Stone, Mickey Rourke, and Tim Roth.

Jeesu kim

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

JEESU KIM is a filmmaker based in New York. 

DERIK HAUSMAN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

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Behind the Story


Behind the Story


 
Producer/Writer KURT BRUNGHARDT, Performer JERRY DEAN, and Director MARIO SORRENTI 

Producer/Writer KURT BRUNGHARDT, Performer JERRY DEAN, and Director MARIO SORRENTI 

 

Renowned photographer and director, Mario Sorrenti, grew up with the actor Jerry Dean in the West Village of New York in the 1970’s.

Writer Kurt Brunghardt worked with Jerry Dean over the last decade to write the story of his extraordinary, peripatetic and manic life. This culminated in the one-man play, My Father’s A Cop, which Jerry performed to packed houses in the black box theatre Under St. Mark’s in 2014.

Producer SARAH TEALE and Director MARIO SORRENTI

Producer SARAH TEALE and Director MARIO SORRENTI

Producer Sarah Teale first met Jerry in the Psych Emergency Room of New York’s Bellevue Hospital in 1998 where she was filming a documentary, Bellevue: Inside Out, for HBO. Jerry was an inmate and became an unwitting star of the film.

Together they have come together to expand the play into a documentary that will push the boundaries of the form, combining first person memoir (in the form of dramatic monologues shot on a darkened sound stage); photos; stock footage; filmed interviews with the all the major players and confrontation scenes, where the past confronts the present busting the one man show into new territory.

The interviewees will include Jerry’s father, Joe Dean; actors Mickey Rourke and Michael Rapaport; producer Bruce Rubenstein and CAA super agent Fred Specktor; the women including Victoria Sellers and Heidi Fleiss and models Manon Von Gerkhan and Katie Fischer; numerous friends who have loved and feared Jerry in equal measure for years and finally Miss Jones, the social worker in the Sing Sing Prison Psychiatric Ward who was finally able to reach him.

Stock footage will include never before scenes from the HBO documentary Inside Out; scenes from Greenwich Village, graffiti on trains and transvestites at the piers in the 1970s and ‘80s and clips from the many movies that Jerry has appeared in. Photos will include Jerry’s modeling shots, celebrity screenings and his boxing matches with Mickey Rourke.

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Photos


Photos