Waif & Stray and Watershed Films present



Yianni, an elderly gentleman suffering from dementia, escapes the confines

of his beautiful but fractured mind to befriend a lost and lonely little boy.

“A moving and original short, offering the audience a glimpse into the complicated world

of dementia. Beautifully acted by Joe Cortese.” – Huffington Post


“ A touching and comic drama with director Christina Eliopoulos finessing a winning

leading performance from Joe Cortese.” – Thelma Adams, The Observer


“A moving, sensitive film that approaches the subject of dementia with humor and pathos.

Eliopoulos evokes both sadness and hope in this beautiful drama and directs Joe Cortese

in a wonderfully powerful performance.” – Terry Lawler NY Women in Film & Television


“Cortese gives a heartbreaking and Oscar worthy performance as a man

suffering from dementia.” – Steve Kopian, Unseen Films


 “Eliopoulos skillfully delivers a poignant and meaningful film, socially relevant in today’s world.

Stellar performances by the talented cast.” – Reel Honest Reviews


“Joe Cortese delivers a powerhouse performance.” – Bill McCuddy, Sitting Around Talking Movies

 “An elderly man’s dementia in both real life and via a fantasy late night talk show.

Clever, heartbreaking and poignant.” – Jason Coleman, Why So Blu


 “Cortese gives a touching and powerful performance that will stay with you

after you leave the theatre.” – Chazz Palminteri


“Must be seen! A short film begging to be turned into a feature.

Joe Cortese is brilliant! ” – Danny Aiello


“Eliopoulos presents a personal and hopeful reflection inspired by her father’s battle

with dementia.” –  Michelle Gladden, Asbury Park Sun


Veteran Actor Joe Cortese, in the role of Yianni, leads a stellar ensemble cast including the young talent Azhy Robertson, who plays Boss, the lost little boy. In the supporting roles are Stephen Badalamenti, in the role of Announcer, Janis Dardaris, in the role of Plousia, Yianni's wife, Tara Murtha, as Lanetta, Katherine Sigismund in the role of Mother, and Mark Gindick, in the four part role of Charlie the Egg Man/Camera Man/Cue Card Man and Short Order Cook.

Written and Directed by

Christina Eliopoulos


Produced By

Elizabeth Kinder

Adam Thomson

Alex Laviola

Eve Grace Penoyer


Executive Producer

Elizabeth Kinder


Director of Photography

Russell Swanson


Production Designer

Ken Barrows


Film Editor

Adam Thomson


Original Music by

Randy Lee


Greek Music Supervision  by

Lefteris Bournias


Casting by

Jodi Kipperman



Kerry Margaret Butch


Unit Production Manager

 Elizabeth Kinder


1st Assistant Director

Amber Sherman


2nd Assistant Director

Ginnelle Hesler






1st AC

1st AC

2nd AC/Data

2nd AC/Camera PA



Costume Designer

Assistant Wardrobe


Art Director

Graphic  Designer

Prop Master

Set Construction Supervisor

Production Assistant

Production Assistant, BTS Videographer

Production Stills


Set Teacher


Post Production Sound Mixer

Sound Mixing Facilty

Post Production Supervisor

Post Production Intern

Post Production Intern

Roberto Muolo

Josh Bonsignore

Greg Allen

Kyle Parsons

Eve Strickman

Zach Mills

Jake Mautner

Yong Soo Lee

Mike Hurst

Arika Korrison

Melissa Dale Brooks

Alan Rowe Kelly

Ken Barrows

Kayla Schroter

Callen Golden

Andrew D'Agostino

William Lee

Emeka Mbadiwe

Carol Dronsfield

Ken Boyd

Karen LaDu

Chris Ramey

Mattias Murhagen

Limebeat Studios

Alex Laviola

Lena LaMastra

Rachel Sigmund

This film was fiscally sponsored by


The John C. Conover Agency

Madison Marquette

Patricia Barry

The City of Asbury Park

Edouard Nammour

Jenny Burton

Rebel Supply Company

Rita Morano and family

Peter Konczal

Tom Bower

Emily Lappas

Gwendolyn Pastorelli

Kerry Margaret Butch

Tara Murtha

Susan Cox Henry

Jennifer, George and Constantinos


Windmill Restaurants


Asbury Park Pedal Boats

Heather Jensen

The Spring Lake Community House

and Theater

Eve Grace Penoyer


The Princess Maria Diner

Mariusz Cichon

Henning Thein

Valerie McCaffrey

Casey Francis

Chris Sagona

Kali Karagias

Toni Zimmer

Josh Levin

The Prattsters -

Elena, Trent, Jude & Kayla

Rob Moose

This film was made possible through the generous support of

The Foundation for Creative Achievement

Eve Grace Penoyer, Trustee


Special Thanks to our Supporting Players:

Natasha Wright

Alexis Kozak

Mary Kelly

Ellen Toomey

Yiorgos Kozak

Niko Theafanou

Davis Perris


Special Thanks to

Please consider making your tax-deductible donation today here. Christina E and the entire cast and crew send their thanks and appreciation.


Contributions are tax deductible through the film's fiscal sponsor NYWIFT.


For filmmakers in NJ, NY and CT, NYWIFT champions women’s rights, achievements and points of view, advocating for greater equity, diversity, professional development and representation in the film and television industry. NYWIFT is a nonprofit, 501c3 public charity. As the fiscal sponsor, NYWIFT accepts donations on behalf of the filmmaker and takes the responsibility of administering the funds received in support of the development, completion, distribution, broadcast and outreach opportunities of the film.



Thank you to Emeka Mbadiwe for this behind the scenes video of our wonderful cast and amazing crew in action. And if you like our video, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our film here. Please accept good karma and fun prizes as a thank you!





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Jennifer and George Eliopoulos

Toni and Max Zimmer




Finance of America Mortgage, LLC.

Major Salvatore Granata and Mrs. Silvia Granata

Kristin Herrera

Jean & Charles Jackson, Full Circle Dojang Taekwondo Academy

Fran Mady-DeFranco and Joseph Mady-DeFranco

Melick-Tully & Associates

Eve Grace Penoyer

Myrene Reiff

Lisa Tannebaum




Susan Linda Arnold

Megan Atlasman

Tony Breuer

Holli and Dave Brondolo

Father Brian Butch

Cathy Butch

Kerry Margaret Butch

Eileen Chapman

John Charles

Thomas Coan

June Conley

Ltc. Francis and Mrs. Joanne Cutler

Janis Dardaris

Brenda Dondigan

Robert Drasheff and Linda Drasheff

Eleanna Eliopoulos and Andre Fallavollita

Margaret Fisher

Patricia Francis and Hal Abromovitz

Kathy and Joe Freeman

Carolyn Gallager

Deloy and Mark Godfrey

Mark Guarino

Barry Habib

Nathalia Kapetanakis

Sharon Katz

Heather Keefe

Elizabeth Kinder

Sherry Lynn Komosinski

Armando, Lena, Areti and Kevin LaMastra

Pamela La Morte

Amalia Lappas

Ana, Evangeline, Emily and George Lappas

Nancie Lawrence and Gary Wheary

Josh Levin

Rena Levine Levy & Steven H. Levine

Liza Lowinger

Geraldine Lynch

Rebecca Messa

Tara Murtha

Celese Miller

Dawn Minutolo

Vito and Franca Muolo

James O'Shea

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon

Emily and George Panas

Stavroula Panas

Mulroy Partners. LLC.

Lucille Perez

Linda Perrette

Paul Perrina

Bess Peterson

Jackie Schneider and Julia Rand

Sean Robertson

Katherine Sagona Stophel

Cathleen Sullivan

Kali Karagias Theofanou

Mary Tsakiris

AnnMarie Turbitt

Wes Weiss

Judith Weston




Director/Writer — Christina Eliopoulos

Christina Eliopoulos’ narrative film work reflects her interests in magical realism and immigrant identity and experience.  Recently she was named as a finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Competition for her script KING OF FLORIDA — a coming of age story set in a Greek sponge diving community in Depression era Florida. The same script won 1st Place in the genre Family/Animated, in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, one of 7 top winners out of 7,000 scripts. Additionally, Christina has directed music videos, doc shorts and brand films in partnership with Waif & Stray/Free Market Films. She directed and produced DEMON ON WHEELS, a documentary feature about an old hot rodder, his woman and the 1968 resto-Mod Mustang that comes between them. The film debuted in theatres and on streaming video in the summer of 2015. A New Jersey native, her first doc feature, GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, a personal look at how eminent domain affects a family and a small town, premiered on PBS in May 2009.

Cinematographer — Russell Swanson

An award-winning Director of Photography, Russ is now on his third season of shooting short films and field segments for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In addition to his short works for The New York Times, he has lensed commercials for clients such as Nike, STAGE, United Airlines, Avon, McDonalds, Sears, Mercedes Benz, Sephora and Johnson & Johnson amongst others. He’s the talent behind the arresting music videos for Nickelback, Gloria Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Matchbox 20, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty and The Roots. One of the top feature colorists in the word says Russ should school the nation’s DPs on how to properly expose a frame.


Executive Producer — Beth Kinder

Fellow NYWIFT member Beth Kinder is the co-founder, and executive producer of Free Market Films, which produces television commercials and branded content. In 2009, Kinder incorporated Waif & Stray, for the purpose of exploring long-form narrative, documentary, and alternative forms of motion-picture based marketing communications. She has a longstanding partnership with Christina Eliopoulos and is Executive Producer of KING OF FLORIDA, Christina’s narrative feature, and served as Associate Producer for DEMON ON WHEELS. Beth began her career as a film editor, having worked on a number of independent films and documentaries for TV and film.



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