Daniel Jordano, a Queens mover and filmmaker, will debut his wacky comedy pilot about his experiences at a new drive-in at the Bel Aire Diner in Long Island City on Oct 20th 7pm
Brooklyn Vans is a comedy pilot, inspired by the real life experiences of Daniel Jordano, an actor/director whose survival job has been being a local “man with a van” for years in NYC. He is premiering his film outdoors as an alternative to yet another online screening.
“Festivals are really a social affair” laments Daniel. “An online version doesn't quite do it justice. I wanted to reunite the cast and crew and enjoy the screening together--not to mention the photo ops!”
The hilarious comedy pilot revolves around a Brooklyn moving company. Obnoxious boss Sonny Levin, and his crazy crew of van movers juggle moves, relationships and careers, as they move stuff for their wild and colorful NYC clients.
“Over the years, I have had so many crazy experiences moving. They often didn't seem funny at the time, but in hindsight they were so ridiculous” smiles Daniel. “All my fellow movers had even crazier anecdotes, so I said, 'this would make a great show!' ” This is not the first time Jordano has written a project with him playing a mover. He produced a feature, FROG DREAMS, about the darker side of the Great Recession. “But it was time to look at the lighter side of the business”, says Daniel.
In the pilot, one moving crew breaks up roommates who have a catfight over the security deposit. Another crew is assigned a biohazard nightmare move complete with rats and roaches, while a third involves a crazy cultist who seduces one of the movers.Things go from bad to worse. “Moving is kind of like driving a cab” says Jordano, “you meet all types. Most are great, and some you wish you never laid eyes on!”
Of course, Jordano's goal is to sell the project to a production company and network that can produce a whole season. “One season?”, laughs Jordano, “I have enough material to last 10 seasons!”
The Bel Aire Diner recently has begun utilizing their parking lot as a Drive In and it has been quite popular. “I read about the Bel Aire doing drive-ins, and am so happy they were open to hosting us!” says Daniel. There will also be a red carpet for attendees, outdoor seating in the front row for the car-less, as well as a full bar/menu from the Diner. After the 30 minute pilot premieres at the Bel Aire, Jordano is toying with taking it on the road in his moving van. “Why not?” muses Daniel, “People are sick of being cooped up and streaming everything. Why not do a bar circuit? This is a perfect comedy to drink a beer to! If we can't do indoors, maybe we can project it on the side of the building”
The World Premiere takes place Tuesday October 20th, at 7:00pm. Tickets and trailer on Eventbrite.
If you are a bar owner and want to set up a screening in the fall, contact Daniel.