My thought is that anyone who has been to Las Vegas needs to thank Frank Balistrieri, for without his efforts to bring millions of dollars from the Central State Teamster’s Pension Fund to invest, yes invest for my understanding is that the fund’s investments were profitable in returning a profit to the Pension Fund during the time frame of Mr. Ballistrieri , this investment allowed Casino’s such as The Fremont and The Stardust to exist.
Yes we know that the Mob was in Vegas long before Frank came in, A shame he has not gotten the credit I believe he is due with the creation of the Vegas, we know today.
Interesting to note that in 1976 the fund had about 249. Million investing in Casinos, getting interest on those loans, in the years to come after the Skim was discovered, the Mob kicked out.
The years of Junk Bonds used to finance deals in Vegas that would not be the case, for investors being taken for a ride.
To think that the Mob would help retired Americans with good investments is well, crazy, but perhaps true
The first steps in the pre-production will be a fundraiser on the Indie-Go-Go platform to obtain the money needed to insure the rights needed, pay talent and crew, the numbers are being hammered out but look to be around $6500-7000 USD.
We will be offering the typical perks such as Stickers-T Shirts- digital copies of the film (s), will also be offering an invitation only gathering to hear stories not in the film but would be of great interest to those interested in the topic by the Wisconsin crime author Gavin Schmitt, who was also part of the first Milwaukee Mob film and be helping us on Milwaukee Mob Part Two Frank Goes to Vegas.
Plan is to offer a low end way for someone to help by donating less then $25.00 to the die hard fan base to eat Pizza and talk Milwaukee Mob with one of the best writers in the field today, Mr. Schmitt.
This would insure a great product that the fans on the story of The Mafia in Milwaukee will want to hear will be created.
The film (s) will be placed on Amazon Prime as well as at least two Roku Channels. This will insure maximum exposure to our fan base.
The link to the Fundraiser will be of course posted here and the Twitter and Facebook Page
The numbers from You Tube on the Milwaukee Mob Documentary
Our demographics are 97.5% male . Ages: 15.8% are 25-34, 31.9% are 35-44, 25% are 45-54, 19.1% are 55-64, 7.4% are 65+. 69.9% are from the US, 5.3% from United Kingdom, 24.8% other. This is from 59,529 views.
Was posted on You Tube for a total of about 7-8 months.
As you know we also had the show on Prime, sadly the information we received from the third party was not a lot, unsure if this is because Amazon does not do as good of a job as You Tube, or simply not shared.
We can breakdown some very basic information from the the payments received, of course the more information we have the better of a job we can do in insuring the best film we can create.
We will be asking the third party for as much of as much of a demographic breakdown has he may able to provide us from Amazon.
However the You Tube information is great to have this allows the sharing of the information to others to show we have a reach into a fan base that would buy from advertisers, support sponsors and most impotent watch other Mafia styled content we would create!
We are planing to locate advertisers/ sponsors that are seeking to engage with a fan base of mostly male under say 65.
Feel that Car dealerships, Crime Writers, Hotel/Casinos would be great fits.
” No plan survives contact with the enemy. ” Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
“So this is the plan for the production film. ” Wayne Clingman
All joking aside we have a plan for the production of the films , late this week should see the launch of the Indie Go Go this is to gather needed funds to pay for the costs of creating the films, from obtaining B-Roll, Stock Footage and obtaining the Freedom of Information Act requests with The FBI and DEA, we may also start the process to get records from The State of Nevada Gaming Control Board. The last part I have tried before and lets just say wow… .
The Milwaukee Mob Editors Cut will be the easiest to get done with only content to add we may want to bring Gavin Schmidt Author of The Milwaukee Mob to add some background to the tale of Milwaukee Phil.
The Milwaukee Mob II Frank Balistrieri Goes to Vegas will take longer to get out the door since information we plan on obtaining with the FOIA to the above groups will be needed. but by the time the Editor’s cut is done we should have it.
We can do a lot of the filming during the time we are waiting for the records so it will not be like we are sitting on our hands.
Both “Should be done around 3/2019. Subject to contact …
Why do I make Documentaries?
Easy, there are many very interesting stories about the Mafia/Mob that should be told many of them from the S.E. Wisconsin, North East Illinois area.
One of the major players in this is of course Frank Balistrieri even with “The Outfit” having control over what was going on in Milwaukee (and if there is a “Mafia” in Milwaukee its run out of Chicago.) Frank B was far more powerful helping IMHO the Outfit/Kansas City more into the Casinos via the Teamsters pension fund loans.
He deserves more then a few paragraphs in books or stories posted on line. The least I can do is make a few documentaries on him.
I hope I can count on you in to help make this happen.
What motivated me to write this post was I picked up the book The Dark Heat of Hollywood by Douglas Thompson, from my local library and well, in a few works it sucks, from repeating what I see as BS stories to as I read some of the pages almost taking lines by lines from other books, it is what it is and perhaps I should write books right ? Funny I know better I am a poor writer but I can put together a team of Film Makers.
We need more truthful work done on what I see at least a part of major American history.
So after talking with Mr. Love , the Editor of the Milwaukee Mob we have come up with a budget of about $1500. for the Milwaukee Mob, the Editor’s Cut.
The Editor’s Cut is expected to run about 60 Mins and bring another story into the documentary that did not make the first film.
As for the Film The Milwaukee Mob II : Frank Balistrieri, Goes to Vegas, the story of the much understood little known role that Frank played in bring the Mob into Vegas will be looked at.
Should the lawyers allow we would like to talk about how in our humble opinion, that as alleged Allen Glick was perhaps not Mr. Innocent as the media has made him out to be.
We are not trying to rehabilitate Frank Balistrieri, but in a way give him more credit in making Vegas what is became.
As you we hope have read of the stickers and T shirts you can buy to make our next projects happen and with out your help this take more time to happen,there is also sponsorships as well as advertising opportunities available.
As The Milwaukee Mob got over 50,000 views in a a few months this be a great way to get your product out in front of an engaged community looking to buy male focused products, as well since much of Milwaukee Mob II Frank Goes To Vegas talks about sin city be a fantastic oppertunty to bring men with CASH to say your Mob Tour or Casino be it in Vegas or in the Chicago area.
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With the 1st anniversary of the release of the film The Milwaukee Mob our documentary on the last and most powerful leader of that group , Frank Balistrieri coming up in January 2019 the Editor Jason Love and I, are planing to to a Director’s Cut of the film.
This film would include footage not used in the first release as well add more on the famous underrated Milwaukee Phil : Felix Alderisio.
As Milwaukee was under the oversight of the Outfit, I see that doing an Editor’s cut under the Chicago Outfit Blood in the Streets brand fits well.
Mr. Love and I thought the story of Milwaukee Phil is interesting, needed to be brought up in the context of an Editor’s Cut.
This project should be done if funding allows early Spring of 2019.
On the heels of the documentary The Milwaukee Mob, where we looked at Frank Balistrieri, the last major Boss of the Mafia, this film Frank Balistrieri, Goes To Vegas will look at what we here feel is the misunderstood story of Balistriri role in the Mafia’s getting into the financing of Casinos in Vegas.
What role did Frank B play in the idea of major mob influenced investing in Vegas casinos ?
Who did Frank B use as sources of money for this investment ?
How did the Mafia work behind the scenes to protect and profit from this investment ?
How did this fall apart ?
What happened to the major players ?
This film will be a feature and be shared with interested parties via VOD outlets or Cable stations. “DVD’s” with bonius content will be offered to be purchased.
More details as they become available