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Title Digital video disk: Modern Day Miracles. Borough 2 Borough Productions, no place (Hoboken), no date (circa 2008-2009.)
Object Name Disk, Digital Video
Catalog Number 2009.043.0001
Collection Hoboken Moving Images Collection
Credit Gift of Stuart Chirichella.
Scope & Content Digital video disk: Modern Day Miracles. Borough 2 Borough Productions, no place (Hoboken), no date (circa 2008-2009.) Color, sound. Running time: 1:04:30. Front titles; end credits. Three copies, without case as issued by producing organization; original and two dubs.

Original copy donated by co-director Stuart Chirichella; marked "1 hour final, 7/17/09."

A documentary about alcoholics and addition, disease and recovery. First hand accounts by several individuals (Hudson County residents identified by first name and first letter of last name or nickname plus the number of years sober) with re-creations enacted by performers of significant scenes related to their disease.

Many scenes were done at St. Francis Church and Youth Center, Hoboken, N.J. Public service film produced by John Luppo. Film dedicated in memory of Patrick Burke and Robert Luppo, Jr. No copyright is stated.

The video was shown at the Hoboken Historical Museum in July/August 2009. See notes for information from website about the film.
Notes Text from website, 2010: http://www.moderndaymiracles.net

Modern Day Miracles is a documentary about people in recovery from the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. The heartfelt testimonies bear witness to the beauty of the human spirit given by people from all walks of life. The stories have a dramatic affect which bring a tear to the eye followed by a message of hope that uplifts the soul. Modern Day Miracles also includes a family segment that features family members who have lost loved ones to disease of alcohol and drug addiction. Initially developed to memorialize the lives of family and friends, Modern Day Miracles became a celebration of life.

THE FILMMAKERS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Luppo
PRODUCER: Borough To Borough Prod.
DIRECTOR: Stuart Chirichella & Ray Cruz
MUSIC: Derrick "ADMONISH" Machado & Frank White

John Luppo – As a successful Wall Street executive. John traded, advised and secured deals for investors as well as financial institutions. With memories of his brother Robert Luppo's passing due to addiction, he decided to start Modern Day Miracles to teach others of the disease of addiction and the miracle of sobriety. As president of Borough to Borough productions John will over see projects ranging from Documentaries to Motion pictures.

Stuart Chirichella – Chirichella completed two years Master Class in Acting for Professionals with Catherine Gaffigan New York City (2004-2006). He was also named Blue cat screenplay quarter finalist 2008 for “That’s Life”. Stuart is currently written several scripts ranging from series, documentaries and films for Borough To Borough Productions future projects.

Derrick “ADMONISH” Machado – With a background in the music industry as a producer and executive for various artist and labels. This Bronx born fan of music, movies and there marriage, has spent 15 years perfecting his craft. Derrick is currently managing producers and artist in various genres as well as crafting future Borough To Borough productions.

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Transcribed from the Hudson Reporter:

A FILM ABOUT ‘MODERN DAY MIRACLES’
Documentary follows Hudson County residents, years after addiction/alcoholism recovery

Melissa Rappaport – The Hudson Reporter

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Surviving years of alcoholism or drug addiction and all the complications of a substance abuse problem can be considered a miracle.

For the group of four men who are part of a new production company based in Hudson County, Borough to Borough Productions, “Modern Day Miracles” is the title of their new documentary that follows the stories of county residents who retell their battles with substance abuse and their recovery from their disease.

The film will make its debut at the International Film and Video Festival in NYC on Oct. 26

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Relatives of survivors also make an appearance in the film, which will be featured at the International Film and Video Festival in New York City on Oct. 26.

“They didn’t want to make a documentary on people that just got into recovery or need to get into recovery,” said Director and Editor Ramon “Ray Cuts” Cruz of West New York. “These people have been in recovery 10, 15, 20 years. That’s the twist – 20 years from now, you can have a life; you can have kids, a good job.”

“This documentary shows people that there is hope. It’s very touching,” said Executive Producer John Luppo. “We have a guy who lost his arm and his leg and is a third degree black belt now. We have a guy who was a Jersey City cop who killed somebody, and now he’s doing positive things.” In the film the retired cop said he killed someone while at a bar in Union City.

The film also features a man who stabbed another nine times while intoxicated after getting into a scuffle. In another story, a man, now sober 30 years, describes how he once blacked out, pulled out his gun, and put it to his future wife’s head. He fired, but thankfully, the bullet did not come out.
Along with the interviews, the film features re-enactments of past events described by those re-telling their tales.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

“We put something positive out there to help others,” said Director and Producer Stuart Chirichella. Recounting his own recovery from addiction, and now sober for 18 years, Chirichella said that he hoped the film would shine a positive light on what can be accomplished if addicts surrender themselves to get help for their substance abuse.

“You have to be really ready for it,” said Luppo. “Admitting that you have a problem is the way that you get better.”

Part of “Modern Day Miracles” was filmed at St. Francis Church in Hoboken. The film is dedicated to the memory of Luppo’s older brother Robert, who died from complications of substance abuse, and to Patrick Burke, a well-known Hoboken resident and friend of Luppo and Chirichella who died recently, shortly after achieving recovery. Burke’s mother is featured in the film describing her son’s story.

“He died sober,” says Ms. Burke in the film, with tears in her eyes.

Though Derrick “Admonish” Machado, who produced the musical score in the film, did not have a personal struggle with substance abuse, he was raised in a household where alcoholism was present. During an interview last week, Machado recalled the impact his father’s alcohol addiction left on his spirit.

“I don’t want my son to go through something like what I went through with my dad,” said Machado, whose musical piece is the one that includes Burke’s mother.

DISTRIBUTION

“I think that this can be a positive message for kids who are thinking about going that route,” said Luppo. “Me and Stu will be going next week to do some motivational speaking in a high school to tell kids ‘you don’t have to do this’.”

The company hopes to distribute the film in schools, recovery programs, and anywhere that might find the film useful.

“People don’t realize that it really is a disease, because the majority of a lot of these drug addicts and alcoholics are really good people. You see openings and blessings that happen,” said Luppo, regarding the effect of escaping the grip of substance abuse. “Look at this, this documentary. It’s a blessing.”

For more information on “Modern Day Miracles”, visit their website at: http://www.moderndaymiracles.net or email them at: info@moderndaymiracles.net.


Date 2008-2009
Year Range from 2008.0
Year Range to 2009.0
Search Terms Saint Francis Church
Caption Borough 2 Borough credit
Imagefile 072\20090430001.BMP
Classification Church
Church Interior
Motion Pictures
Health
Death
Medical
Social & Personal Activity
Diseases