Aug. 11 is the DVD debut date that Cinema Libre has selected for writer/director Mikki del Monico’s laugh-out-loud “Lesbian Mob Comedy,” Alto.
Actress/songstress Diana DeGarmo (2004 season of American Idol, plus a regular on The Young and the Restless) stars as Francesca "Frankie" Del Vecchio, the lead singer of working band, The Altos. Life is good, it is just a matter of time before she marries the handsome Tony (Jake Robards — Lucky Them, Cadillac Records) … it will be a big Italian wedding, you can count on that.
Yes, Francesca is Italian through-and-through from the culture and traditions to the food, except for one thing — all of that Mafia mumbo-jumbo, which she finds abhorrent. Her sister, Heather (Melanie Minichino), is just the opposite and views the whole “mob scene” as a kind of a cool aspect of their culture … they even have heated debates over the merits of the popular television series, Mob Hit (think: The Sopranos).
So imagine Frankie’s surprise when she finds a dead body in the trunk of her rental car. Whoa! Alto is a comedy about Italian-American culture, so this little “hit” — or as it might be better described as “that guy in the trunk who got whacked” — is just the catalyst to get things rolling. And roll they do!
Heather convinces her sister to just show up at the funeral to check things out who that guy was and see if anyone might be a likely candidate as a suspect.
It is there that the second big surprise awaits Frankie. That comes in the form of Nicolette (Natalie Knepp), the daughter of mob boss Caesar “The General” Bellafusco (Billy Worth). The chemistry is electric.
As the two grow closer, not only is Frankie’s neat little world turned on its head, but the thing she hates the most, the mob, becomes the focus point of her life as she becomes privy to information that there are plans afoot for Caesar to be “sleeping with the fishes!”