Mancini going the distance with 3 pix

Boom-Boom Prods. finds backers

NEW YORK — Former boxer Ray Mancini, who has acted in a string of indie and video pics, has struck a deal with a group of Ohio- and California-based investors under which his production shingle, Boom-Boom Prods., will make three films in the $3 million-$5 million range.

The first, “Turn of Faith,” is a crime story written by Lou Eppolito, a New York cop who left the force to act in such pics as “GoodFellas” and “State of Grace.”

“Turn” will star Charles Durning, Tony Sirico (“The Sopranos”) and Mancini, who is also producing; it will be lensed by Charles Jarrett. Photography begins in Ohio in June.

The investment team, CAOH (pronounced K.O.), which includes Buckeye State entrepreneurs Paul Monea, Paul Monea Jr. and Kenneth A. Lanci, was put together by L.A. attorney John Younesi.

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