The wedding day -- the happiest day of any young couple's life. But there is so much to plan for. Gown? Check. Rings? Check. Neurotic, overbearing mother of the bride who hates the groom's family? Check. Hire one gay videographer to capture your precious moments forever and you have Tony N' Tina's Wedding. On a beautiful spring day, Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale are joined together in holy matrimony on Long Island. At the lavish reception, Tony and Tina bask in the afterglow as the guests feast in celebration. Everything seems great. But add a little vino to the mix and all that celebrating turns into pure dysfunctional family chaos. Fuel is only added to the fire when Tina's heartbroken ex-boyfriend crashes the party and the videographer flirts with her closeted brother. Tony and Tina's nice white wedding is quickly turning into a nightmare. Writer/director Roger Paradiso has seamlessly moved this hit, interactive play from off-Broadway onto the big screen. The perfectly cast ensemble adapts to the verité style of the film without losing the original theatrical feel. From the walk down the aisle to the cutting of the multi-tiered cake, Tony N' Tina's Wedding is a wildly fun party filled with big hair, big personalities, and big songs from the 1980's.
Roger Paradiso studied at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received a B.A. in directing and an M.F.A. in design and playwriting. Recent credits include executive producer for Michael Caton-Jones' City by the Sea starring Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand. The award-winning Looping, Paradiso's second short film as a director, was recently distributed by Vanguard Video as part of the Short Film Anthology series Kisses in the Dark. He directed Turn It Around, a highly acclaimed home video about teenage substance abuse. Over the years, Paradiso has worked with many prominent directors including John Huston (Annie), Woody Allen (Stardust Memories, Zelig), Norman Jewison (Moonstruck), Richard Donner (Scrooged), Adrian Lyne (9 1/2 Weeks), Garry Marshall (Beaches), Tony Bill (Crazy People), Michael Hoffman (Soapdish), Robert De Niro (A Bronx Tale), and Julien Temple (Bullet).