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    Posted March 16, 2014 by
    Los Angeles

    Feature film "Mobster" exposes world of international crime and corruption

    Mobster: Nuclear Weapons. International Crime Syndicates. Good vs. Evil.

    Brian Eric Johnson’s feature film, “Mobster,” tells the tale of a major undercover investigation of notorious Israeli mob boss, Jacob Hadar, and the man behind the investigation, Agent Ron Zarger. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there are many gray areas in the war between good and evil.

    The man behind the story, director and actor Brian Eric Johnson, started his career as an actor. After a while, Johnson decided to start directing his own films.

    “Directing stems from the acting,” Johnson said. “I’m not someone who likes to sit around and wait for the phone to ring, so I started to create my own content.”

    With his first feature, "Ranchero," Johnson chose to write, produce and act. In "Mobster," he decided to direct as well.

    “I really believe in the collaborative nature of film and filmmaking,” Johnson said. “Everyone brings their talents together to create a better whole.”

    Johnson said “Mobster” is a truly cautionary tale.

    “Thematically, it’s a story about good and evil,” Johnson said. “The gangsters of yesteryear aren’t the mobsters of today. The crime syndicates today are international, they yield amazing power, they influence everything from black market arms deals to literally the world economy. A lot of it is some very scary stuff.”

    Johnson believes there’s an authenticity to “Mobster” because of the actors’ backgrounds and experiences.

    “I met the executive producer, Meni Aga, at a nightclub in Hollywood. Meni had recently moved to the U.S. from Israel and was looking to break into the film business,” Johnson said. “Meni and I started talking about making a movie. I asked him what type of film he wanted to make and he said he wanted to make a mobster movie. That was basically the origin of ‘Mobster.’”

    Aga wasn't looking to star in the film, but Johnson said the casting fell into place while he was writing the script.

    "As I started writing, I found myself basing the lead character off of Meni. He's a successful, international businessman with a very dynamic personality. I like to say Meni is a lover AND a fighter. He's experienced a lot in life and he embraces it,” Johnson said.

    Johnson also said Meni brought authenticity to the film because he speaks seven different languages.

    “All those things lended a freshness to the film and to the role,” Johnson said.

    In addition to Aga, there were many other international actors cast in the film. According to Johnson, Hamzah Saman, one of the leads in the film, runs a casting agency called Arab American Casting. While the agency has actors from many diverse backgrounds, he has a small core group of Middle Eastern actors and was able to bring in many of them for “Mobster.” Johnson said there are over 50 speaking roles in the film.

    The film’s international flair doesn’t just end with the actors. The film’s score also highlights the nature of the film. The film’s composer, Ninef Arsanos, is a classically trained musician and has toured the world playing violin.

    “There’s a very international flavor to the music based on the different characters and Ninef’s own experience,” Johnson said.

    “Mobster” doesn’t have distribution yet, and Johnson said it’s always difficult for indie films to find distribution, especially one without recognizable stars.

    Johnson shares some wisdom with other filmmakers and artists, and believes they should adhere to the Nike motto, “Just Do It.”

    “However you can make it happen, try to do your work, try to get your vision out there. There’s lots of stories to tell and somebody has to tell them.”

    To learn more visit: mobsterthemovie.com
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