Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

The Sugar Wars: The Life Story of Angelo Lonardo


Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 52 minutes

The Sugar Wars: The Life Story of Angelo Lonardo

THE SUGAR WARS: THE LIFE STORY OF ANGELO LONARDO chronicles the life of the legendary mobster. His father, "Big Joe" Lonardo, was Cleveland, Ohio's first mafia godfather. During prohibition, he operated refineries that turned sugar into alcohol. In 1929, Joe was murdered by one of his own, Salvatore Todaro, who was secretly working for his rival, Joe Porello. Outraged, young Angelo and his cousin set out for revenge, murdering Todaro and reclaiming control of the city. In 1983, he was arrested for running a drug ring. Instead of facing life in prison, Angelo became an informant, supplying information that eventually helped the F.B.I. dismantle the mafia's infrastructure. THE SUGAR WARS masterfully tells Lonardo's story through riveting interviews with experts, archival footage, and tasteful re-enactments. But, its key asset is an interview with Angelo himself, captured before his death in 2006, when he returned to Cleveland after years in the witness protection program. The film gets all the juicy details straight from the source, putting you as close to the Cleveland mob as you're ever going to get. – E.F.

The Sugar Wars: The Life Story of Angelo Lonardo

CIFF37 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Screening @ Capitol Theatre

Monday, April 08, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Recommended for High School +

Local Heroes Competition

This Short Film is Screening with
A Fighting Heart

Jeff Murphy

T.J. Amato, Josh Mills, Frank Lonardo, Joe Lonardo, Steve Camp

Director Bio
T.J. Amato and Josh Mills are a producer/director team from Los Angeles, California. Amato studied marketing at Ohio State University, and Mills received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Texas A&M. Both have worked in Hollywood as actors and production assistants. Together, they run the production company, Desert-Wind Films.

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"Brother's Keeper" (2012), THE SUGAR WARS: THE LIFE STORY OF ANGELO LONARDO (2012)

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