Garibaldi plans three more pics

Bologna and Stensland cast wide net

Garibaldi Prods., currently in post-production on “The Theory of the Leisure Class,” announced Wednesday that it will make three other independently financed films within the next year.

The company, headed by the husband-and-wife team of Gabriel Niccolo Bologna and Athena Stensland, is set to begin shooting “Drivers Wanted,” an underworld love story, in September. It will be directed by Bologna from his original screenplay. Film will star Stensland and Bologna; other parts are being cast. The film will be financed by Carlos Perez-Gomez, although the budget has not been finalized.

Garibaldi also plans to do a $30 million historical action drama set during the U.S. revolutionary war. Bologna wrote the still-untitled script; Stensland will produce with Victor McGauley of Amen-Ra Films, Wesley Snipes’ company.

Also in the pipeline is “Rosa,” based on an original screenplay by Stensland, who will produce and star with two additional actors. With Bologna directing, the $2.3 million production will be financed by Danny Gold and David Basulto through Gold/Basulto Entertainment. Filming of “Rosa” in New York and Italy is slated to start this fall.

“Leisure Class,” which Bologna also directed, stars Tuesday Knight, Stensland, Brad Renfro, Christopher McDonald and Michael Massee. Pic is a murder mystery. Co-written by Bologna and Amber Benson, it was produced by Stensland and Jeff Rice, one of the producers of TriStar’s “Dancer, Texas.” Exec producer Perez-Gomez financed the film, which cost $1.5 million.

Earlier, Bologna wrote and acted with Stensland in Hit Entertainment’s “The Elevator,” starring Martin Landau, Richard Lewis and Martin Sheen. The film, produced by Stensland and directed by Rafael Zelinsky, Arthur Borman and Nigel Dick, will screen at the San Diego Intl. Film Festival on June 6.

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