Borough Five is a new independent film and television content production company based in the heart of Hollywood and in the great borough of Staten Island, New York City -- which is in the beginning stages of a creative and economic renaissance. Our goal is simple: bring Hollywood to Staten Island and bring Staten Island to Hollywood.
I founded the company in 2017 so that I could go home and put a lens on my corner of the world. Our first three films will be not only be shot on Staten Island, but they will be set here, too. Our locations will be the places I grew up, our characters will be based on the people I love, and our stories will be their stories — tales of family, community, friendship — and all the laughter and heartbreak that comes with such personal territory. Our films are, by design, valentines to the borough. They are character-based, story-driven, and audience-focused. They are made to entertain and engage.
In April 2017, we set out to raise $2.6 million to fund our first three projects — all 90-minute, feature-length films. True, that's actually not a lot of money by Hollywood standards. These are so-called "low-budget" independent films — just like Napoleon Dynamite, Boyhood, and Moonlight. They are audience-friendly and Hollywood-ready, and they were chosen for not only their creative promise but for their commercial potential. You can read about them on this page.
Join us because you believe in me and in my team. Join us because you believe in hard work and entrepreneurship and the power of the creative process. Join us because you love Staten Island. Join us because you know nothing about Staten Island but just love movies. Join us because our business plan is smart. Join us because you want to see your name in the credits of three incredible films. Join us because you're a friend of mine from home or Los Angeles or Brooklyn or Harvard or USC and you remember how this all started years ago. This is where the road has taken me, and I would love your support.
We're not taking donations. Every contribution is an investment. And every investment is in all three films. It can be $100 or $100,000 or anything in between.
Sending love from snowy Staten Island,
Julio Vincent Gambuto
Founder and Writer/Director