Out of Brooklyn

by Debi Calabro









FADE IN:

EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - SICILY - DAY - 1957

A very large, ivy covered mansion is in view.

TONY (V.O.)

Hey, I’m Tony. Tony Saccamento. Do

I have a story for you. It all
starts in Sicily sometime back in
the fifties.

EXT. MANSION BALCONY - CONTINUOUS

There’s a party with lots of guests. A small band plays
Italian music. A lovely MOM (30) holds her infant child.

TONY (V.O.)
There was this baptism party.

The mom proudly shows a FEMALE GUEST her very ugly BABY with
very bushy eyebrows. The guest cringes. An armed bodyguard
standing behind the mother slowly opens his suit jacket
exposing a gun.

The guest quickly smiles adoringly at the baby.

A tipsy MALE GUEST holding a drink, walks toward the mom.
Exposing a drunken smile he looks down at the baby. WHAT!





Ahhhhhh!



DRUNK





He involuntarily throws up his hands knocking the baby out
of the mother’s arms and over the balcony.

TONY (V.O.)
Somehow the kid that was baptized

fell off the balcony

In slow motion, the very ugly baby falls.

BELOW - SAME TIME

A house peasant, UMBERTO SACCAMENTO (35) slowly walks past
the back of the home below the balcony wheeling a
wheelbarrow full of hay.

Poof! The baby lands in the wheelbarrow. Umberto is shocked
as he stares at the baby.

Stunned guests peer over the balcony. Umberto takes a closer
look at the baby and cringes.







Running down a flight of stairs from the balcony are ARTUSO
LUZAPONE (35) the baby’s father, very intimidating in
appearance, dressed impeccably and the Mom.

MOM

Mia Bambino! Mia Bambino!

The hysterical Mom picks up the baby. The baby CRIES. She
smiles wide. Artuso looks straight at Umberto who is scared
shitless.

TONY (V.O.)

This baby. He’s the son of Artuso

Luzapone, some big shot Mafia guy.
They speak in Italian.

ARTUSO
What is your name?

Umberto’s knees shake.

UMBERTO
Um...Um...Umberto Saccamento.

ARTUSO

I will never forget you Umberto

Saccamento.

Artuso stares at him for a moment then walks up the flight
of stairs followed by his wife who holds the baby. The
guests kiss Umberto on both cheeks as they follow the trio.

Up above, Artuso and another GUY throw the drunk guy off the
balcony. He lands right next to Umberto’s wheelbarrow.
Umberto looks at the drunk guy’s lifeless body and faints.

INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - PRESENT DAY

It’s a jail cell fit for a Mafia Don including a TV, table
and a couple of love seats. Artuso Luzapone, now in his mid-
nineties, is eating a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs
while watching a cartoon on a TV.

He CHUCKLES at the cartoon characters’ antics as spaghetti
hangs from his mouth.

TONY (V.O.)

Yeah, so, Artuso was sent to jail
for knocking off some gay guy who

made a pass at him.





2







INT. MENSROOM - SICILY - 1957

Artuso is peeing into a urinal. He senses something. He
notices a MAN (35) very handsome and gay smiling at him. The
gay guy raises his eyebrows toward a repulsed Artuso.

TONY (V.O.)

He never did reward Umberto. I

guess being up the river for so
long makes you forget things.

INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - BACK TO PRESENT DAY

On the TV set a cartoon character throws something off a
balcony that lands in a wheelbarrow. Suddenly Artuso’s eyes
grow wide.

ARTUSO
Umberto Saccamento!

INT. JAIL VISITORS ROOM - SICILY - DAY

GIUSEPPE LUZAPONE (55) ugly and fierce looking, same bushy
eyebrows, dressed impeccably, sits and waits at a table.

His son LUIGI LUZAPONE (30) handsome and not nearly as
ferocious looking as his father, dressed more casually,
texts on his phone.

Artuso is escorted into the room by an ARMED GUARD. Artuso
sits across from his son and Grandson and converse.

TONY (V.O.)

So some fifty somewhat years later

he tells his son Giuseppe
Luzapone, the baby who landed in
the wheelbarrow, about Umberto.

Giuseppe’s eyes widen.

ARTUSO

You have been a good son and if it

wasn’t for Umberto you would not
be here today, you and...

He looks over at Luigi with a hint of disgust.





Him.



ARTUSO





The conversation stops which prompts Luigi to glance up from
texting. Seeing his father’s stern expression he stops
texting.





3







ARTUSO

I want you to promise to reward

Umberto. I do not have much time
left and I needed to tell you
before it’s too late.

Artuso stares right at a somewhat baffled Giuseppe.

ARTUSO
You must find...Umberto

Saccamento.

Artuso’s eyes grow wide. His head PLOPS down on the table.
Dead. 









FADE IN:

EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - SICILY - DAY - 1957

A very large, ivy covered mansion is in view.

TONY (V.O.)

Hey, I’m Tony. Tony Saccamento. Do

I have a story for you. It all
starts in Sicily sometime back in
the fifties.

EXT. MANSION BALCONY - CONTINUOUS

There’s a party with lots of guests. A small band plays
Italian music. A lovely MOM (30) holds her infant child.

TONY (V.O.)
There was this baptism party.

The mom proudly shows a FEMALE GUEST her very ugly BABY with
very bushy eyebrows. The guest cringes. An armed bodyguard
standing behind the mother slowly opens his suit jacket
exposing a gun.

The guest quickly smiles adoringly at the baby.

A tipsy MALE GUEST holding a drink, walks toward the mom.
Exposing a drunken smile he looks down at the baby. WHAT!





Ahhhhhh!



DRUNK





He involuntarily throws up his hands knocking the baby out
of the mother’s arms and over the balcony.

TONY (V.O.)
Somehow the kid that was baptized

fell off the balcony

In slow motion, the very ugly baby falls.

BELOW - SAME TIME

A house peasant, UMBERTO SACCAMENTO (35) slowly walks past
the back of the home below the balcony wheeling a
wheelbarrow full of hay.

Poof! The baby lands in the wheelbarrow. Umberto is shocked
as he stares at the baby.

Stunned guests peer over the balcony. Umberto takes a closer
look at the baby and cringes.







Running down a flight of stairs from the balcony are ARTUSO
LUZAPONE (35) the baby’s father, very intimidating in
appearance, dressed impeccably and the Mom.

MOM

Mia Bambino! Mia Bambino!

The hysterical Mom picks up the baby. The baby CRIES. She
smiles wide. Artuso looks straight at Umberto who is scared
shitless.

TONY (V.O.)

This baby. He’s the son of Artuso

Luzapone, some big shot Mafia guy.
They speak in Italian.

ARTUSO
What is your name?

Umberto’s knees shake.

UMBERTO
Um...Um...Umberto Saccamento.

ARTUSO

I will never forget you Umberto

Saccamento.

Artuso stares at him for a moment then walks up the flight
of stairs followed by his wife who holds the baby. The
guests kiss Umberto on both cheeks as they follow the trio.

Up above, Artuso and another GUY throw the drunk guy off the
balcony. He lands right next to Umberto’s wheelbarrow.
Umberto looks at the drunk guy’s lifeless body and faints.

INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - PRESENT DAY

It’s a jail cell fit for a Mafia Don including a TV, table
and a couple of love seats. Artuso Luzapone, now in his mid-
nineties, is eating a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs
while watching a cartoon on a TV.

He CHUCKLES at the cartoon characters’ antics as spaghetti
hangs from his mouth.

TONY (V.O.)

Yeah, so, Artuso was sent to jail
for knocking off some gay guy who

made a pass at him.





2







INT. MENSROOM - SICILY - 1957

Artuso is peeing into a urinal. He senses something. He
notices a MAN (35) very handsome and gay smiling at him. The
gay guy raises his eyebrows toward a repulsed Artuso.

TONY (V.O.)

He never did reward Umberto. I

guess being up the river for so
long makes you forget things.

INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - BACK TO PRESENT DAY

On the TV set a cartoon character throws something off a
balcony that lands in a wheelbarrow. Suddenly Artuso’s eyes
grow wide.

ARTUSO
Umberto Saccamento!

INT. JAIL VISITORS ROOM - SICILY - DAY

GIUSEPPE LUZAPONE (55) ugly and fierce looking, same bushy
eyebrows, dressed impeccably, sits and waits at a table.

His son LUIGI LUZAPONE (30) handsome and not nearly as
ferocious looking as his father, dressed more casually,
texts on his phone.

Artuso is escorted into the room by an ARMED GUARD. Artuso
sits across from his son and Grandson and converse.

TONY (V.O.)

So some fifty somewhat years later

he tells his son Giuseppe
Luzapone, the baby who landed in
the wheelbarrow, about Umberto.

Giuseppe’s eyes widen.

ARTUSO

You have been a good son and if it

wasn’t for Umberto you would not
be here today, you and...

He looks over at Luigi with a hint of disgust.





Him.



ARTUSO





The conversation stops which prompts Luigi to glance up from
texting. Seeing his father’s stern expression he stops
texting.





3







ARTUSO

I want you to promise to reward

Umberto. I do not have much time
left and I needed to tell you
before it’s too late.

Artuso stares right at a somewhat baffled Giuseppe.

ARTUSO
You must find...Umberto

Saccamento.

Artuso’s eyes grow wide. His head PLOPS down on the table.
Dead. 


FADE IN:
EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - SICILY - DAY - 1957
A very large, ivy covered mansion is in view.
TONY (V.O.)
Hey, I’m Tony. Tony Saccamento. Do
I have a story for you. It all starts in Sicily sometime back in the fifties.
EXT. MANSION BALCONY - CONTINUOUS
There’s a party with lots of guests. A small band plays Italian music. A lovely MOM (30) holds her infant child.
TONY (V.O.) There was this baptism party.
The mom proudly shows a FEMALE GUEST her very ugly BABY with very bushy eyebrows. The guest cringes. An armed bodyguard standing behind the mother slowly opens his suit jacket exposing a gun.
The guest quickly smiles adoringly at the baby.
A tipsy MALE GUEST holding a drink, walks toward the mom. Exposing a drunken smile he looks down at the baby. WHAT!
Ahhhhhh!
DRUNK
He involuntarily throws up his hands knocking the baby out of the mother’s arms and over the balcony.
TONY (V.O.) Somehow the kid that was baptized
fell off the balcony
In slow motion, the very ugly baby falls.
BELOW - SAME TIME
A house peasant, UMBERTO SACCAMENTO (35) slowly walks past the back of the home below the balcony wheeling a wheelbarrow full of hay.
Poof! The baby lands in the wheelbarrow. Umberto is shocked as he stares at the baby.
Stunned guests peer over the balcony. Umberto takes a closer look at the baby and cringes.
Running down a flight of stairs from the balcony are ARTUSO LUZAPONE (35) the baby’s father, very intimidating in appearance, dressed impeccably and the Mom.
MOM
Mia Bambino! Mia Bambino!
The hysterical Mom picks up the baby. The baby CRIES. She smiles wide. Artuso looks straight at Umberto who is scared shitless.
TONY (V.O.)
This baby. He’s the son of Artuso
Luzapone, some big shot Mafia guy. They speak in Italian.
ARTUSO What is your name?
Umberto’s knees shake.
UMBERTO Um...Um...Umberto Saccamento.
ARTUSO
I will never forget you Umberto
Saccamento.
Artuso stares at him for a moment then walks up the flight of stairs followed by his wife who holds the baby. The guests kiss Umberto on both cheeks as they follow the trio.
Up above, Artuso and another GUY throw the drunk guy off the balcony. He lands right next to Umberto’s wheelbarrow. Umberto looks at the drunk guy’s lifeless body and faints.
INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - PRESENT DAY
It’s a jail cell fit for a Mafia Don including a TV, table and a couple of love seats. Artuso Luzapone, now in his mid- nineties, is eating a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs while watching a cartoon on a TV.
He CHUCKLES at the cartoon characters’ antics as spaghetti hangs from his mouth.
TONY (V.O.)
Yeah, so, Artuso was sent to jail for knocking off some gay guy who
made a pass at him.
2
INT. MENSROOM - SICILY - 1957
Artuso is peeing into a urinal. He senses something. He notices a MAN (35) very handsome and gay smiling at him. The gay guy raises his eyebrows toward a repulsed Artuso.
TONY (V.O.)
He never did reward Umberto. I
guess being up the river for so long makes you forget things.
INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - BACK TO PRESENT DAY
On the TV set a cartoon character throws something off a balcony that lands in a wheelbarrow. Suddenly Artuso’s eyes grow wide.
ARTUSO Umberto Saccamento!
INT. JAIL VISITORS ROOM - SICILY - DAY
GIUSEPPE LUZAPONE (55) ugly and fierce looking, same bushy eyebrows, dressed impeccably, sits and waits at a table.
His son LUIGI LUZAPONE (30) handsome and not nearly as ferocious looking as his father, dressed more casually, texts on his phone.
Artuso is escorted into the room by an ARMED GUARD. Artuso sits across from his son and Grandson and converse.
TONY (V.O.)
So some fifty somewhat years later
he tells his son Giuseppe Luzapone, the baby who landed in the wheelbarrow, about Umberto.
Giuseppe’s eyes widen.
ARTUSO
You have been a good son and if it
wasn’t for Umberto you would not be here today, you and...
He looks over at Luigi with a hint of disgust.
Him.
ARTUSO
The conversation stops which prompts Luigi to glance up from texting. Seeing his father’s stern expression he stops texting.
3
ARTUSO
I want you to promise to reward
Umberto. I do not have much time left and I needed to tell you before it’s too late.
Artuso stares right at a somewhat baffled Giuseppe.
ARTUSO You must find...Umberto
Saccamento.
Artuso’s eyes grow wide. His head PLOPS down on the table. Dead.





FADE IN:

EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - SICILY - DAY - 1957

A very large, ivy covered mansion is in view.

TONY (V.O.)

Hey, I’m Tony. Tony Saccamento. Do

I have a story for you. It all
starts in Sicily sometime back in
the fifties.

EXT. MANSION BALCONY - CONTINUOUS

There’s a party with lots of guests. A small band plays
Italian music. A lovely MOM (30) holds her infant child.

TONY (V.O.)
There was this baptism party.

The mom proudly shows a FEMALE GUEST her very ugly BABY with
very bushy eyebrows. The guest cringes. An armed bodyguard
standing behind the mother slowly opens his suit jacket
exposing a gun.

The guest quickly smiles adoringly at the baby.

A tipsy MALE GUEST holding a drink, walks toward the mom.
Exposing a drunken smile he looks down at the baby. WHAT!





Ahhhhhh!



DRUNK





He involuntarily throws up his hands knocking the baby out
of the mother’s arms and over the balcony.

TONY (V.O.)
Somehow the kid that was baptized

fell off the balcony

In slow motion, the very ugly baby falls.

BELOW - SAME TIME

A house peasant, UMBERTO SACCAMENTO (35) slowly walks past
the back of the home below the balcony wheeling a
wheelbarrow full of hay.

Poof! The baby lands in the wheelbarrow. Umberto is shocked
as he stares at the baby.

Stunned guests peer over the balcony. Umberto takes a closer
look at the baby and cringes.







Running down a flight of stairs from the balcony are ARTUSO
LUZAPONE (35) the baby’s father, very intimidating in
appearance, dressed impeccably and the Mom.

MOM

Mia Bambino! Mia Bambino!

The hysterical Mom picks up the baby. The baby CRIES. She
smiles wide. Artuso looks straight at Umberto who is scared
shitless.

TONY (V.O.)

This baby. He’s the son of Artuso

Luzapone, some big shot Mafia guy.
They speak in Italian.

ARTUSO
What is your name?

Umberto’s knees shake.

UMBERTO
Um...Um...Umberto Saccamento.

ARTUSO

I will never forget you Umberto

Saccamento.

Artuso stares at him for a moment then walks up the flight
of stairs followed by his wife who holds the baby. The
guests kiss Umberto on both cheeks as they follow the trio.

Up above, Artuso and another GUY throw the drunk guy off the
balcony. He lands right next to Umberto’s wheelbarrow.
Umberto looks at the drunk guy’s lifeless body and faints.

INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - PRESENT DAY

It’s a jail cell fit for a Mafia Don including a TV, table
and a couple of love seats. Artuso Luzapone, now in his mid-
nineties, is eating a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs
while watching a cartoon on a TV.

He CHUCKLES at the cartoon characters’ antics as spaghetti
hangs from his mouth.

TONY (V.O.)

Yeah, so, Artuso was sent to jail
for knocking off some gay guy who

made a pass at him.





2







INT. MENSROOM - SICILY - 1957

Artuso is peeing into a urinal. He senses something. He
notices a MAN (35) very handsome and gay smiling at him. The
gay guy raises his eyebrows toward a repulsed Artuso.

TONY (V.O.)

He never did reward Umberto. I

guess being up the river for so
long makes you forget things.

INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - BACK TO PRESENT DAY

On the TV set a cartoon character throws something off a
balcony that lands in a wheelbarrow. Suddenly Artuso’s eyes
grow wide.

ARTUSO
Umberto Saccamento!

INT. JAIL VISITORS ROOM - SICILY - DAY

GIUSEPPE LUZAPONE (55) ugly and fierce looking, same bushy
eyebrows, dressed impeccably, sits and waits at a table.

His son LUIGI LUZAPONE (30) handsome and not nearly as
ferocious looking as his father, dressed more casually,
texts on his phone.

Artuso is escorted into the room by an ARMED GUARD. Artuso
sits across from his son and Grandson and converse.

TONY (V.O.)

So some fifty somewhat years later

he tells his son Giuseppe
Luzapone, the baby who landed in
the wheelbarrow, about Umberto.

Giuseppe’s eyes widen.

ARTUSO

You have been a good son and if it

wasn’t for Umberto you would not
be here today, you and...

He looks over at Luigi with a hint of disgust.





Him.



ARTUSO





The conversation stops which prompts Luigi to glance up from
texting. Seeing his father’s stern expression he stops
texting.





3







ARTUSO

I want you to promise to reward

Umberto. I do not have much time
left and I needed to tell you
before it’s too late.

Artuso stares right at a somewhat baffled Giuseppe.

ARTUSO
You must find...Umberto

Saccamento.

Artuso’s eyes grow wide. His head PLOPS down on the table.
Dead. 


FADE IN:
EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - SICILY - DAY - 1957
A very large, ivy covered mansion is in view.
TONY (V.O.)
Hey, I’m Tony. Tony Saccamento. Do
I have a story for you. It all starts in Sicily sometime back in the fifties.
EXT. MANSION BALCONY - CONTINUOUS
There’s a party with lots of guests. A small band plays Italian music. A lovely MOM (30) holds her infant child.
TONY (V.O.) There was this baptism party.
The mom proudly shows a FEMALE GUEST her very ugly BABY with very bushy eyebrows. The guest cringes. An armed bodyguard standing behind the mother slowly opens his suit jacket exposing a gun.
The guest quickly smiles adoringly at the baby.
A tipsy MALE GUEST holding a drink, walks toward the mom. Exposing a drunken smile he looks down at the baby. WHAT!
Ahhhhhh!
DRUNK
He involuntarily throws up his hands knocking the baby out of the mother’s arms and over the balcony.
TONY (V.O.) Somehow the kid that was baptized
fell off the balcony
In slow motion, the very ugly baby falls.
BELOW - SAME TIME
A house peasant, UMBERTO SACCAMENTO (35) slowly walks past the back of the home below the balcony wheeling a wheelbarrow full of hay.
Poof! The baby lands in the wheelbarrow. Umberto is shocked as he stares at the baby.
Stunned guests peer over the balcony. Umberto takes a closer look at the baby and cringes.
Running down a flight of stairs from the balcony are ARTUSO LUZAPONE (35) the baby’s father, very intimidating in appearance, dressed impeccably and the Mom.
MOM
Mia Bambino! Mia Bambino!
The hysterical Mom picks up the baby. The baby CRIES. She smiles wide. Artuso looks straight at Umberto who is scared shitless.
TONY (V.O.)
This baby. He’s the son of Artuso
Luzapone, some big shot Mafia guy. They speak in Italian.
ARTUSO What is your name?
Umberto’s knees shake.
UMBERTO Um...Um...Umberto Saccamento.
ARTUSO
I will never forget you Umberto
Saccamento.
Artuso stares at him for a moment then walks up the flight of stairs followed by his wife who holds the baby. The guests kiss Umberto on both cheeks as they follow the trio.
Up above, Artuso and another GUY throw the drunk guy off the balcony. He lands right next to Umberto’s wheelbarrow. Umberto looks at the drunk guy’s lifeless body and faints.
INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - PRESENT DAY
It’s a jail cell fit for a Mafia Don including a TV, table and a couple of love seats. Artuso Luzapone, now in his mid- nineties, is eating a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs while watching a cartoon on a TV.
He CHUCKLES at the cartoon characters’ antics as spaghetti hangs from his mouth.
TONY (V.O.)
Yeah, so, Artuso was sent to jail for knocking off some gay guy who
made a pass at him.
2
INT. MENSROOM - SICILY - 1957
Artuso is peeing into a urinal. He senses something. He notices a MAN (35) very handsome and gay smiling at him. The gay guy raises his eyebrows toward a repulsed Artuso.
TONY (V.O.)
He never did reward Umberto. I
guess being up the river for so long makes you forget things.
INT. JAIL CELL - SICILY - BACK TO PRESENT DAY
On the TV set a cartoon character throws something off a balcony that lands in a wheelbarrow. Suddenly Artuso’s eyes grow wide.
ARTUSO Umberto Saccamento!
INT. JAIL VISITORS ROOM - SICILY - DAY
GIUSEPPE LUZAPONE (55) ugly and fierce looking, same bushy eyebrows, dressed impeccably, sits and waits at a table.
His son LUIGI LUZAPONE (30) handsome and not nearly as ferocious looking as his father, dressed more casually, texts on his phone.
Artuso is escorted into the room by an ARMED GUARD. Artuso sits across from his son and Grandson and converse.
TONY (V.O.)
So some fifty somewhat years later
he tells his son Giuseppe Luzapone, the baby who landed in the wheelbarrow, about Umberto.
Giuseppe’s eyes widen.
ARTUSO
You have been a good son and if it
wasn’t for Umberto you would not be here today, you and...
He looks over at Luigi with a hint of disgust.
Him.
ARTUSO
The conversation stops which prompts Luigi to glance up from texting. Seeing his father’s stern expression he stops texting.
3
ARTUSO
I want you to promise to reward
Umberto. I do not have much time left and I needed to tell you before it’s too late.
Artuso stares right at a somewhat baffled Giuseppe.
ARTUSO You must find...Umberto
Saccamento.
Artuso’s eyes grow wide. His head PLOPS down on the table. Dead.

Writer's excerpt courtesy NYWIFT (NYWIFT.ORG)