MISSION

 

Award-winning film producer, director, and editor, Joe DeVito III, founder and owner of Mariano Films, heads a dynamic and diverse team of artists, filmmakers, and collaborators with a priority to reinforce the importance of meaningful storytelling and the craft of filmmaking. Mariano Films is a twenty-first century, family-owned company rooted in proud traditions, artistic integrity, and positive influences through the art of motion pictures.

 

PROJECTS and SERVICES

 

Our broad client base is worldwide, and our company prides itself in having the most cost-effective and competitive production rates, guaranteed. We offer video scripting, direction, production, and editing services for television/broadcasting, corporate in-house content, music videos, independent films, and local businesses. Our team also offers graphic design and advertising content services, illustration, and photography for companies and individuals. For more information, a current portfolio of our work, or to schedule a free consultation please send an e-mail through our Contact page.

 

BACKSTORY

 

Since the early 1980s, Joe DeVito III has appeared as an actor in stage plays and independent films. He has worked as a producer and editor on films ranging from short subject documentaries to major motion pictures. In 2003 DeVito worked for Cataland Films in New York City with acclaimed producer Richard Perello for the film Brooklyn Rules, starring Alec Baldwin, Freddie Prince Jr., Scott Caan, and Mena Suvari. Two years later he became the co-owner of Forward Features, a cutting-edge digital video production company that produced documentaries, music videos, and an array of media services for worldwide corporate clients. Under this company he achieved recognition at the Tribeca Film Festival for the film entitled Humanoid, about a defective robot that was purchased under false pretenses. He continued producing films that spawned an underground fan-base across the U.S. for their quirky and unusual humor.

 

When Mariano Films was created in 2007 DeVito's company moved into larger collaborations with major studios, musicians, and producers at HBO, Fox Searchlight, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon. Mariano Films was recognized in 2008 for the short comedy film Handicapped, a movie advocating the rights of disabled persons, as well as the documentary Open 24 Hours, an inside look at the New Jersey diner culture. DeVito also collaborated with New Jersey Pictures as a producer and editor for the documentary We Love You, headed by three-time Academy Award® Nominee Steve Kalafer, and worked side-by-side with director Jonathan Kalafer. "The story of this film, and being a part of its creation, changed my life," said DeVito. The film was awarded "Best Documentary" at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and "Best Short Documentary" at the New Jersey Film Festival in 2009.

In his personal work, Mr. DeVito is largely focused on "dark" comedy that deals with current issues about our society and culture. His goal is to evoke conversation through humor.

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