Marino digs into ‘Stiffs’

Exec producer to coin black comedy

“The Door in the Floor” exec producer Roger Marino will bankroll Mavex Prods.’ “Stiffs,” an indie black comedy toplining Danny Aiello.

Helmed by Frank Ciota from a script by Joe Ciota, pic will lense this month in Boston, taking advantage of recently passed Massachusetts tax initiatives for film and TV shoots.

Sandy Missakian is producing the film, centering on a proud Italian-American hearse driver who finds himself involved with a pack of locals trying to keep a dying funeral home afloat.

Jon Polito, Lesley Ann Warren, Frank Vincent, Heather Tom, Louis Vanaria and Joe Sicari also star.

A former owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Marino was a founder of computer company EMC and also backed the Ciotas’ 2002 pic “Ciao America.” Other film credits include “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.”

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