Virgil Films and Entertainment

Virgil Films and Entertainment Indie film distributor passionate about giving films the platform they deserve. Past film releases include Super Size Me, Restrepo, Forks Over Knives and I Am Chris Farley.

Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, TV Guide and NESN and other high profile entertainment brands since their inception.

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BROKEN POET is the story of 1970's rock star Jake Lion, who was presumed dead in Paris until his former roadie Plynth happens to be riding in the Paris Metro forty years after Jake's much publicized suicide and hears an aged street musician who sounds just like him. In search of an exclusive story, Rolling Stone sends a rock journalist Meg Trudeau to investigate.
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GOODBYE, IL MAESTROSome personal thoughts on the passing of Ennio Morricone from Joe Amodei written for www.backstreets....
07/08/2020 The Boss Website

Some personal thoughts on the passing of Ennio Morricone from Joe Amodei written for

I love movies. They have been a part of my very fabric for as long as I can remember. They have been my constant companion through life and have been there for the good, the bad, the sadness, and the gladness of life. They are my first memories as a child. And they never go away.

As a young teenager my world was opened to a vast array of films and filmmakers from all over the world. I cherished each film and new discovery. And then one day I found myself in a darkened movie theater while the Sergio Leone masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West came across the screen in all of its majestic Spaghetti Western glory. There was Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, and the exhilarating beauty Claudia Cardinale creating characters that would forever be etched in my movie subconscious: Fonda's evil Frank, Bronson's Harmonica, Robards' Cheyenne, and Cardinale's enchanting Jill. Legendary roles in a legendary film. And all acting to the backdrop of the Maestro's amazingly beautiful score. We all know that the Maestro himself is Ennio Morricone.

We just lost Morricone at the good old young age of 91. He leaves behind the love of his life Maria, his children including composer Andrea Morricone, and a host of grandchildren with whom he had a close and loving relationship. He also left behind many fans, famous and not-so-famous, who have been tweeting and testifying to his greatness. And they should, because Morricone was, well, great. I am in tune with all of them.

But for me, Morricone also was personal. His music filtered in and out of my life on so many occasions. Many years ago on a memorable trip out west with my wife and two daughters, we were about to enter the full majesty of Monument Valley when I pulled over to the side of the road and inserted into the car's CD player the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in the West. While the landscape in front of us turned into something right out of heaven, the music became a part of that trip, a memory that for reasons unsaid here will never, ever go away. That memory is seared into my mind, and Morricone's music played a major part in it.

I am so thankful to Maestro for so many more movie-music memories. Seeing — and hearing — The Mission, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Malena, The Legend of 1900, and of course the elegant, romantic, and haunting Cinema Paradiso gave me even more memories, the kind that can be relived over and over again.

When I heard that Bruce Springsteen was going to record the theme to Once Upon a Time in the West on a tribute album to Morricone, my excitement was through the roof. I was not disappointed, and neither were Grammy voters who gave Bruce the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance that year.

I've been lucky. Very lucky. I met Morricone once in Cannes, before a screening of Once Upon a Time In America. He was sitting mid-row, and I stood in the aisle when our eyes met. Not knowing what to do, my instinct just took over and I moved my hands to my lips, blew him a kiss, and mouthed the words "Thank you." He blew a kiss back to me and nodded his head, saying "Thank you" back to me. He smiled, and so did I.

I also am lucky to have seen Maestro in concert not once, but twice. The first was during his 2007 visit to the U.S. to receive his honorary Oscar. (Morricone also received six Best Original Music Score Oscar nominations during his career, and won the 2016 Best Original Music Score Oscar for The Hateful Eight.) He stopped in New York on his way and performed a night of music at Radio City Music Hall. Then on August 31, 2017, my wife and I were honored to be in the audience when, at the age of 88, Morricone took to the stage of the Arena in Verona, Italy. In the heart of the ancient Italian city where Juliet professed her love for Romeo, with a full moon looking over the Coliseum-like, age-old structure, Maestro led what seemed like a 100-member choir of angels and orchestra as they performed a set of the greatest, most memorable Morricone moments. I literally sat in the audience on that hot summer night and wept. That is how much his music has meant to me. I am weeping as I write this right now.

Thank you, Il Maestro. Thank you so much. Make some music up in Heaven. The angels have been waiting. The chorus is about to begin.

- Joe Amodei

To anyone looking to order the DVD of CODE BLUE and has experienced any issues with the title being out of stock have no...

To anyone looking to order the DVD of CODE BLUE and has experienced any issues with the title being out of stock have no fear! We assure you there are copies available and we have them right here at our own store! (did we also mention FREE SHIPPING?) If you have not seen this life saving documentary yet now is the time to do it! Get your copy today!

Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies

Known to all as Laddie, he is the understated studio chief and Oscar-winning producer behind such films as STAR WARS, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, POLICE ACADEMY, BRAVEHEART, THE OMEN, THELMA AND LOUISE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and GONE BABY GONE, whose intelligence, kindness, and unflagging faith in the people he hired turned him into one of the most successful movie moguls in Hollywood history.
Watch "Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies" today!

Malena - Ennio Morricone

I will have a lot more to say about Maestro Morricone in the days to come. He did more for my love of film than most. For now just sit back and take a listen. RIP Ennio.


All of us here at Virgil Films say have a great 4th of July. And when you need to..wear a mask!

Chonda Pierce: Unashamed

Now available on digital HD! Best-selling Comedienne Chonda Pierce is at her funniest as she engages with celebrities and thinkers who took a stand for Christ during difficult circumstances in their lives. Chonda mixes her trademark country wit and laughter with brand-new stand-up to present truth as only Chonda can.
Rent or buy it today!

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic (2020) Review - The Action Elite
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic (2020) Review - The Action Elite

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic (2020) Review - The Action Elite

Plot: Documentary filmmaker Derek Wayne Johnson compiles several 8mm home movies and behind the scenes footage from the production of Rocky with Sylvester Stallone himself as narrator in 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic, a superbly entertaining half hour documentary from Cinema 83 Documenta...

The Legacy Of Alan Ladd, Jr w/ Amanda Ladd-Jones & Joe Amodei | The Film Scene w/ Illeana Douglas

Podcast Alert! Our President and CEO Joe Amodei along with Amanda Ladd-Jones joins Illeana Douglas and her 'Popcorn Talk' podcast to discuss the upcoming Virgil release of "Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies". Coming next month to VOD and digital HD!

#PopcornTalk #TheFilmScene #IlleanaDouglas Director/Producer Amanda Ladd-Jones is Alan Ladd, Jr.’s youngest daughter from his first marriage. She was born in...

One Child Left Behind: Atlanta Public School Scandal | expediTIously Podcast

Filmmaker Jodi Gomes appeared on T.I.'s Expeditiously with T.I. podcast talking about her eye-opening documentary "One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal" now available on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video #expediTIously #Atlanta #CheatingScandal

Tip talks to the team behind the documentary "One Child Left Behind" about the high profile 2009 Atlanta Public School cheating scandal where more than 1000 ...

Gildin Media

Gildin Media

This weekend we recognize #WorldRefugeeDay. Had it not been for the important work of HIAS, then Herb Gildin and his family may have never escaped Nazi Germany. They continue to do such important work today. Here's a clip of Herb describing their efforts from #TheStarfish.

Congrats to Dr. Stancic!

Congrats to Dr. Stancic!

Congratulations to Code Blue’s own Saray Stancic, M.D., who has been awarded the prestigious status of Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine! We’re so proud of you, Dr. Stancic!

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

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Mrs. Ulmer's $20 Challenge: Spring 2020

I rarely mix business with my personal life but sometimes I need to. Mrs. Ulmer is my daughter. And I am damn proud of her. Joe Amodei, President, Virgil Films

I gave each of my ninth grade students $20 and challenged them to do a random act of kindness or help someone in need. Here's what happened. #20dollarchallen...

Code Blue

Code Blue

Save the date for a webinar with Dr. Saray Stancic hosted by PlantPure Communities. Register at
#lifestylemedicine #codebluedoc #MultipleSclerosis #PlantBasedNutrition

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

The iconic Talia Shire, who continues to melt our hearts as Adrian, shared these touching words about 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic aka Becoming Rocky: The Birth of a Classic @40yearsofrocky @becomingrocky #40yearsofrocky #becomingrocky #itunes #appletv #amazon #googleplay #vudu #youtube #vimeo

"Bobby Douglas put the welfare of his Athlete's first..."

Thom Ortiz recalls an old wrestling meet under Bobby Douglas, his legendary wrestling coach who taught him how to be a real mentor.
- From El Viejo. Watch it today!

Thom "El Viejo" Ortiz recalls an old wrestling meet under Bobby Douglas, his legendary wrestling coach who taught him how to be a real mentor. Watch the full...

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

In 1976, a low budget movie written by an unknown actor was released, inspiring audiences around the world to go the distance. "Rocky" became the ultimate underdog film. Over forty years later, Sylvester Stallone recounts the making of the beloved classic through rare home movies.

Watch 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic today!

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic


Read this INCREDIBLE review of our documentary by the great Frank Mengarelli at Podcasting Them Softly! This review is a knockout! 🎥🎬🥊 Our film arrives tomorrow (June 9) on Digital HD. This review will surely entice you to buy your copy!

Walk With A Doc

Walk With A Doc

This week's #FrontlineFeature is our dear friend Dr. Saray Stancic! She has been on the frontlines far before this pandemic, fighting for the health of her patients. Be sure to check out her new documentary Code Blue!

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

5 more days! What’s your favorite line from Adrian? Tell us below. #40yearsofrocky #becomingrocky #june9th #rocky #rockybalboa #sylvesterstallone #comingsoon #preordernow #itunes #appletv #amazon #documentary #movie

At War with the Dinosaurs

This new film is a riveting look at the climate change solution no one is talking about: hydrogen. The universe's most abundant element, hydrogen is the answer to clean energy, yet the renewable narrative continues to revolve around batteries, in spite of it's limitaions.
See for yourself, rent or buy 'At War with the Dinosaurs' today:

Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis with dietary and lifestyle changes
Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis with dietary and lifestyle changes

Recovering from Multiple Sclerosis with dietary and lifestyle changes

Dr Sam Gartland is a GP based in Ballina NSW. In 2008 he was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. Through evidence-based lifestyle changes, including a whole food plant-based diet, Sam has achieved a full recovery, and is now an active advocate for these approaches to be at the centre of MS patien...


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So sad to see you are not putting some of your great releases on blu-ray disc. I just won't buy DVD's anymore, and there are lots of us. There are over 120 million high def TV's in the country and millions of blu-ray players (which are also in ALL game consoles). Please review your policy on this.
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Hi There! I’ve been trying to reach you by phone to no avail. Has your number changed?
I’m a huge fan of this movie and wondering if the company have the rights to release it on DVD with footage added back and special features with no deleted scenes.