Mob Series Films at a Real Speakeasy

“It was never meant to be this big,” says Dana Wine Howard, director of “The Fedoras Web Mob Series,” which will launch online in late July or early August.

Part of the filming of the series, which is set in the Prohibition-era 1930s, took place at the West Hartford, CT home of Mike and Meg Testone. The home was built in 1929 and still features a true speakeasy in the basement, complete with a bar, a sturdy door and blacked out windows. Other filming has taken place in a 1930s-style mini-mansion in Willington, CT.

When Howard started writing, the production was going to be a 20-minute YouTube short, but in January, SAG actor Billy “V” Vigeant approached Howard after finding her on Facebook. Vigeant soon became part of the cast as Don Nino Ponticello, along with Padriac McKinney, played by Jimmy Mancini, and Don Angelo Colombo, played by Bobby Kenney.

“I went home and I rewrote it,” said Howard, who also plays the part of Antonia Castillo. “And then Billy said, ‘Why don’t you make it a web series?’” Howard eventually turned the script over to writer John K. Fiore.

“I’ve kind of handed that baby to him,” Howard said.

And the rest of “Fedoras” is history.

2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Director Dana Wine Howard talks during filming with actor Bobby Kenney, who plays Angelo Columbo on the series. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" took place Sunday at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement.  Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

2013.07.14 – West Hartford, CT – Director Dana Wine Howard talks during filming with actor Bobby Kenney, who plays Angelo Columbo on the series. Production of the “The Fedoras Web Mob Series” took place Sunday at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - (From left) Stephen Hirschthel, Joel Booska, and Tyler Piolunek prepare to film a scene with actor Bobby Kenney, who plays Don Angelo Colombo on "The Fedoras Web Mob Series." Homeowner Mike Testone is seen at right, removing bar decorations from the wall. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" took place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Director Dana Wine Howard talks during filming with actor Bobby Kenney, who plays Angelo Columbo on the series. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" took place Sunday at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement.  Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" takes place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Actor John Gorham poses for production photographs before filming a scene. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" on Sunday took place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Director Dana Wine Howard applies makeup to actor John Gorham before filming a scene. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" takes place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Stephen Hirschthel (right) and Tyler Piolunek film a scene with actor Jimmy Panagopoulos, who plays Victor Lugo on the series. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" took place on Sunday at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Billy "V" Vigeant, who plays Don Nino Ponticello,  adjusts the fedora of actor John Gorham. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" takes place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Actors Jimmy Panagopoulos (right) and John Gorham prepare to film a scene. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" takes place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.07.14 - West Hartford, CT - Actors John Gorham (in white) and Jimmy Panagopoulos prepare to film a scene. Production of the "The Fedoras Web Mob Series" takes place at the West Hartford home of Mike and Meg Testone, which was built in 1929 and features a real speakeasy in the basement. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
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