Screen time alert! Marco, 11, is obsessed with his electronics — his iPad, his Xbox, his VR headset — and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced…to go play outside. “Nonno” (Grandpa) introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people in real life and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals.
Team Marco is a rare English-language, live-action, feature family film that was produced independently.
Team Marco was shot on-location in the director's hometown, Staten Island, New York City, and is the first feature film entirely shot and set in the borough.
Team Marco features a cast whose ages range from 9 years-old to 75-years-old. If you include all of our players, the range is 2 years-old to 85-years-old.
Team Marco includes vintage footage featuring the director’s grandmother, Margaret Perrone, still alive at 94, in scenes from her life with her husband, Vincent Perrone, in the 1960s and 1970s. The footage was part of over 60 8mm film reels that were left to the director by his grandfather, upon his death.
Team Marco’s incredible original score was recorded live by a 32-piece orchestra in Budapest, Hungary.
Team Marco features members of the real Staten Island Bocce Club, three players who are featured background players throughout the story.
Team Marco includes scenes shot at the director’s middle school and high school, Staten Island Academy, and two of the members of the kids’ bocce team — “Sarah” and “Adam” — are played by actors who currently attend the school.
Owen Vaccaro as Marco
(House with a Clock in its Walls, Daddy’s Home)
Anthony Patellis as Nonno (Off-Broadway, Grand Theft Auto)
Anastasia Ganias-Gellin as Anna (True Blood, Dexter)
Louis Cancelmi as Richie
(Billions, The Looming Tower, The Irishman, Boardwalk Empire, Coriolanus)
Jacob Michael Laval as Fred
(The Plot Against America; Rose Tattoo with Marisa Tomei on Broadway)
Thomas Kopache as Larry
(Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver, Coriolanus)