• Director

    Debra Markowitz

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2022, 12 minutes 12 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

Date, Time & Location:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
KAS Zukor • 35th St. • Long Island City, NY 11106


WTF? (What The Film?): Six films that are full of surprises.


A down-on his luck gambler is determined to control his fate.


  • Debra Markowitz, Director; Couple of Guys series, The Last Taxi Driver, Leaving, By Blood, The Waiting Room, Confidant, Gem and the Photo Op
  • Michael Fedele, Writer
  • Debra Markowitz, Writer; Couple of Guys (pilot/series), The Waiting Room, By Blood, Leaving, The Last Taxi Driver, Confidant, Gem and the Photo Op, Far Beyond Driven, Porters Way Christmas, Karmic Wind Trilogy (Novels; Naked in the Rain, Sarah and Caleb, Karmic Wind)
  • Anthony L. Fedele, Producer
  • Michael Fedele, Producer
  • Debra Markowitz, Producer; Couple of Guys series, Junkie Heaven, Gem and the Photo Op, Confidant
  • Michael Fedele, Key Cast, “Vincent Esposito”
  • Frank Failla, Key Cast, “Salvatore Esposito”; Family Obligations
  • Debra Markowitz, Key Cast, “Dr. Levine”; BIRR, Playing with Mr. Greeley, Love Thy Neighbor

Director Statement

The producer and writer (I polished the script) of this movie, Michael Fedele, was an actor who put off his career to raise his family. Deciding that 2022 would be his year, sent me the script for Sfortunato, I put together a crew of friends to do this almost no budget, and a film was born. I am currently writing a feature script with him. I’m hoping this film does great things for him. Thank you.

Director Biography

Debra Markowitz created and served as the Director of the Nassau County Film Office. Serving four administrations during her 33-year tenure, Ms. Markowitz had steadily increased production of movies, television programs and commercials that were shot in Nassau County, logging over 1,400 production days and over $150M in positive economic impact per year. She started with the dream of a Nassau County studio, and left County employ with three fully-functioning NYS approved soundstages, and a fourth on the way.

Ms. Markowitz serves as Vice President of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Long Island’s most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her directorship, the Foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE). Heading into its 25th year, LIIFE enjoys enormous popularity, attracting short and feature-length independent films from around the world, spotlighting films made on Long Island and concluding with a star-studded award celebration. The Foundation also runs the Scared for Your LIIFE short horror festival.

An enthusiastic filmmaker herself, Ms. Markowitz is an award-winning writer and director who has won awards worldwide. Her feature film, The Only Woman in the World, will be premiering at the Garden State Film Festival in March 2022. Her ten-episode limited series, Couple of Guys, currently has three episodes completed, and the pilot is winning awards as she continues raising fund for this LGBTQ+ love story.

Debra teaches actors’ workshops as both director and casting director at the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. She has been a judge on the LaGuardia Arts panel for potential incoming drama students as well as for the Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival. Debra is a past recipient of the Town of Hempstead’s Woman of Distinction Award. Ms. Markowitz is a proud member of New York Women in Film & Television and Women in Media. Debra is on the Long Island High School for the Arts Technical and Advisory Board and the CTE Board for Five Towns College. She is a former member of the Discover Long Island Tourism board.

Debra Markowitz is a freelance writer and novelist, having written the Karmic Wind trilogy: Naked in the Rain, Sarah and Caleb, and Karmic Wind.

Ms. Markowitz’s name can be found on the Long Island Press’ Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2006 and 2012); Beverly Fortune’s, Fortune 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts.

You can follow Ms. Markowitz on Instagram @debramarkowitzfilm, Twitter @debramarkowitz, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-markowitz/ and Facebook at www.facebook.com/intentionfimsandmedia You can find out more about her, her films and her company at www.IntentionFilmsandMedia.com. You can find out more information on the Long Island International Film Expo at www.LongIslandFilm.com

Debra was one of the originators behind The Master Shift Global Meditation event, which now has over two million followers on Facebook. An avid yoga practitioner and a Reiki healer, Debra lives in Merrick with her husband, and co-manager of Intention Films and Media, John Marean, and their faithful rescue dog, Gracie. They share four adult daughters between them.