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1940's Mobsters Haunt Ybor City
(released 10/10/2006)
By greenroomwire

1Day Films and the Guzzo Brothers will host an advanced screening of their newest film, The End Is Blossoming, on Friday, October 20, 7pm, at Channelside Cinemas 10 and Imax.


The End Is Blossoming: In 1942, a Sicilian mobster from New York City moves to Ybor City to take control of the illegal lottery, bolita, from Ybor gangster Charlie Wall. With him the Sicilian mobster brings his beautiful indentured servant. A local bartender falls in love with the indentured servant and promises to do all he can to free her from the mobster’s grasp.


This is the first in a series of 14 fictional films called “The Ghosts of Ybor City” based on Ybor City’s mafia wars that took place from 1942 – 1945. The series will tell “Ybor City’s most colorful stories during its darkest years.”

In this first installment, 1 Day Films and the Guzzo Brothers have recreated old Ybor City, while showcasing such beautiful locations as the Cuban Club and the Centro Asturiano.


Pete and Paul Guzzo’s latest film credits include The Dance and 99, which won numerous awards at film festivals throughout the world. The Guzzos are founders of The Tampa Film Review, a monthly showcasing of local independent films. In 2005 the Weekly Planet named the Guzzo’s “The Best

Reasons to Believe the Local Film Scene is Alive.” They also sit on the Tampa Film Advisory Board and the Gasparilla Film Festival Board of Directors.


The event begins at 7 p.m. with a “Mix and Mingle” with the filmmakers, Pete and Paul Guzzo and the stars of the film, including local acting legend Joe Lala and Al Sapienza of Sopranos, 24, Prison Break and Brotherhood fame. The film will be screened at 8 p.m., followed by a discussion and Q&A. Patrons can then take the TECO Streetcar Line to the After Party, which will start at 10 p.m. at the original Cuban Club in Ybor City. The After Party will be buzzing with music, an open bar and light appetizers.

Visit to view a trailer of the Guzzo’s newest spectacular film.


Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Channelside Cinemas box office either in person or by calling 221-0700.  OR, call Paul Guzzo at (813) 943-5585 OR visit the International Bazaar in Ybor City, located on 8th Avenue between Victoria Secrets and GameWorks



The Gasparilla Film Festival, which will be held February 28 – March 4, 2007, is a celebration of independent film held annually in Tampa, Florida. The festival seeks to create a unique film showcase that has lasting and cultural impact on the Tampa Bay community - and the film community at large.


The competitive 5-day festival will celebrate and showcase more than 40 films of all types- features, documentaries, shorts, comedies, music videos, thrillers and those with a Latin Beat!



For more information on the advanced screening, call Paul Guzzo at (813) 943-5585 or email; or call Pete Guzzo at (813) 343-8069 or email


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