Starring
Rico Simonini is an actor and producer, known for Dear Eleanor (2016), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) and Max Payne (2008)Read More
Emily Elicia Low is an actress and costume designer, known for David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time (2012), Frank and Ava (2018) and The Grand Guignol (2015).Read More
A veteran of stage, film and television with a variety of characters to his credit, Richard Portnow was named one of the ``Actors We Love`` by the actors' trade newspaper Back Stage West.Read More
Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton's drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes.Read More
Lukas was born on April 16, 1976 in West Hollywood, California. His Texas-born mother, Emily Tracy, is a writer, and his German-born father, Berthold Haas, is an artist.Read More
One of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades.Read More

In 1950, a down and out Sinatra pursues a hapless, wild, suspicion filled romance with the sultry Ava Gardner while campaigning for the role of Angelo Maggio in ``From Here to Eternity``; the sole ray of hope in salvaging his career. The steel line of sex and tension is palpable throughout Frank and Ava, the harrowing and heart-stirring Hollywood romance between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. It’s 1949 and Sinatra, the former king of swoon who once enchanted millions of “bobby soxers”, is at the downturn of his career as the once golden “Voice” is now compromised by a hemorrhage to his vocal cords while his reputation is lambasted by the press who parade his alleged Mafia connections, liberal sympathies, and extramarital affairs. In the midst of his despair, he falls hard and fast for Gardner, MGM’s sultry starlet with whom he shares proclivities for passion, whiskey, obstinace, and sexual infidelities. Equal to his desire to maintain the interest of the mercurial Gardner, is his almost sacred infatuation aimed at attaining the role of Private Angelo Maggio in Columbia Picture’s From Here to Eternity, the sole ray of hope in salvaging his career. An acknowledged long shot due to his questionable acting chops and heretofore box office bombs, Sinatra actively campaigns for the role while divorcing his wife, Nancy, and entering a sexually charged, but suspicion-filled marriage with Gardner that is marked by infidelities, Ava’s abortions and Frank’s suicide attempts as their hapless romance is parodied by the press who play them off each other. From Here to Eternity is an ultimate success that will extricate Frank from professional obscurity with his legendary Academy Award win, capping one of the greatest comebacks in Hollywood history, however this attainment is bittersweet. Directed by the recently acclaimed Michael Oblowitz, Frank and Ava was shot on location in Rome, Italy, Hollywood, CA and Sinatra’s Palm Springs home. In addition to introducing Rico Simonini and Emily Elicia Low in the title roles, the film also features Eric Roberts, Lukas Haas, Richard Portnow, Domenick Lombardozzi, Neil Sandilands, Jonathan Silverman, Terry Moore and the legendary Harry Dean Stanton; in his last feature film appearance.

DIRECTOR

Michael Oblowitz is a South African filmmaker who has directed and produced a number of critically acclaimed movies and videos.Read More

SCREENPLAY

Willard Manus is a Los Angeles-based novelist, playwright, and journalist. His best known book is Mott the Hoople (1966), the novel from which the British 1970s hard rock band derived their name.Read More

EDITOR

Chris has worked on feature films, television, music videos, documentaries and web based content. His parents met on the set of ``Singing in the Rain`` and he grew up in a ``show biz`` family.Read More

MUSIC

Elaine Macaluso is known for her work on Stargo (2013), I Want to Get Married (2011) and Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire (2013).
Release Dates
7
December
2018
Ahrya Fine Arts, Beverly Hills
The tumultuous, bourbon-stained, sexually-charged Hollywood romance between a down-and-out Frank Sinatra and MGM’s mercurial, sultry siren, Ava Gardner, who he pursues at all costs while desperately trying to resurrect his career by getting cast as Angelo Maggio in Columbia Picture’s “From Here to Eternity.”
7
December
2018
Town Center 5, Encino, CA
An acknowledged long shot, Sinatra campaigns for the role while divorcing his wife, Nancy, and entering a passionate but suspicion-filled marriage with Gardner that is marked by infidelities, Ava’s abortions and Frank’s suicide attempts as their hapless romance is parodied by the press, who play them off each other.
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Frank and Ava Party
LA Beat Review: This film is Heartfelt
The latest rendition in an unforgettable exploration of the life, times, and love between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, this film in conjunction with the evening in question, is as heartfelt, and humorous as it is heartrending.
BWW Review: “Hot stuff of the post-World War II tabloids”
The movie has some of the feel of film noir, capturing the sharp New York/New Jersey cadences of hot shots, tough guys, sexy dames, and mouthy gossip columnists, offset by a smooth jazz and pop song soundtrack. There’s also wit and a smack of caricature in the representation of the characters ~ a device teasingly suggested in an opening note: “Most of what you’re about to see…is on the level.”
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``The steel line of sex and tension is palpable in this harrowing heart-stirring Hollywood romance between a down and out crooner and MGM's sultry starlet.``