2004-05-06 / Front Page

Local Lobster Restaurateurs Focus Of New Film

By Raymond E. Dowd
Local Lobster Restaurateurs Focus Of New Film By Raymond E. Dowd

By Raymond E. Dowd

Actor Danny Aiello walking along Sheepshead Bay during recent filming of “Lobster Farm”.	                            Photo courtesy of Red Claw ProductionsActor Danny Aiello walking along Sheepshead Bay during recent filming of “Lobster Farm”. Photo courtesy of Red Claw Productions

Brooklyn-born veteran actor Danny Aiello, best known for his roles in "Moonstruck" with Cher and Nicholas Cage, "City Hall" with Al Pacino, and Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," re-cently completed filming, "Lobster Farm," a film loosely based on the owners of Jordan’s Lobster Dock in Sheepshead Bay.

In the film, Aiello plays the leader of the fictional Giorgio family, a role based on Bill Jordan, who founded the popular Brooklyn business, and the father of writer/director Kevin Jordan. The plot has the Giorgio family facing financial problems and they must find a way — outlandish, illegal or otherwise — to hold on to the business or risk losing the cornerstone of their identity. Under pressure, the family is forced to take a new direction in their personal relationships and moral be-liefs to save the family business.

The film also co-stars Jane Curtin, an original cast member of "Saturday Night Live," who later co-starred in the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun." Curtin plays Frank’s wife, Maureen Giorgio. Also featured are Heather Burns (Kerry Miller) who portrayed Cheryl Frasier (AKA ‘Miss Under-cover’) in the Sandra Bullock comedy "Miss Congeniality" and was in Tom Hank’s "You’ve Got Mail," and newcomer Daniel Sauli (Michael Giorgio).

Kevin Jordan first gained recognition as a filmmaker when as a junior at the NYU Film School he received the inaugural Martin Scorsese Young Film-maker’s scholarship. Jordan has written and directed several other motion pictures that have been well received, such as "Goat on Fire" and "Smiling Fish" that was named Best Feature Film at the Toronto Film Festival. Jordan has also appeared in front of the camera numerous times, including "Sinbad" and the Phil Hartman comedy, "Houseguest," as well as his own films.

Jordan’s has been satisfying the sea-food appetites of Brooklynites since 1966 when Bill Jordan Sr. moved his Jordan’s Lobster restaurant from Bleeker Street in Manhattan to its present location — just off the Belt Parkway Knapp Street exit — at 3165 Harkness Avenue. Bill Jr. and grandsons, Kevin and Darren, worked alongside Bill Sr. until he died in 1980, and continue to run the family business.

"Lobster Farm" is scheduled to soon wrap up location filming in Brooklyn and is aiming to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in Septem-ber. A U.S. release date is still to be determined.

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