Documentary of Rudy’s Pizza in Closter is Getting a Home Video Release

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After a successful film festival run, “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream,” Antony Osso’s award-winning documentary chronicling Rudy’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Closter, will be released on Vimeo On Demand, for rental or purchase, on October 15th (Order Movie).

The hour long documentary explores brothers Charlie and Fred Osso’s emigration from poverty-stricken southern Italy in the 1960s and their journey from odd jobs to owning a successful restaurant. The film has screened at several film festivals across the US and Italy, picking up an audience award at the Indie Street Film Festival in Red Bank this summer. It had it’s Bergen County premiere at Westwood Cinemas back on January 21st of this year.

“When I first started making the film, my intention was to celebrate my father and uncle’s pizzeria, which has been feeding families for decades,” Antony Osso explained. “But when I looked at the footage more closely, I found an immigrant experience marked by sacrifice, bravery, hard work and a certain optimism. It was the American Dream, realized. I’m excited to share a story celebrating the immigrants who are the backbone of America.”

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To celebrate the film’s release and Rudy’s longevity, EDENS, the owner, operator and developer of Closter Plaza, has commissioned muralist Jason Naylor to design and create a mural on Rudy’s 23-foot-tall external side wall. Jason is an artist, designer, and creative director based in Brooklyn. His work ranges from video to illustration, to typography and murals, supporting brands like Mac Cosmetics, Xbox and Fenty Puma.

Rudy’s
119-121 Vervalen Street
Closter, NJ
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