New documentary explores Sam Giancana and the Chicago mob outfit

January 27, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Reputed mafia crime boss Sam Giancana appears before Senates Labor Rackets Committee hearing.

For nearly a decade, Chicago’s crime syndicate known as "The Outfit" was run by one man--Sam Giancana. "Mooney" or "Momo" as he was known, was by most measures, a very bad man. Giancana led a life of crime for most of his 67 years. On his way to the top of the Chicago mafia, he held a variety of jobs: thief, getaway driver, shakedown artist and alleged killer. That’s one part of the story.

Filmmakers Dimitri Logothetis and Nicholas Celozzi II aim to tell another part. Celozzi is Giancana’s great nephew. He says that up until now, any accounts of the mobster have focused only on his flaws. In their forthcoming documentary, Momo: The Sam Giancana Story, Logothetis and Cellozi say they’ll craft a balanced but honest portrayal of the man. Is that possible given Cellozi’s relationship to Giancana and two of the mobster’s daughters prominent roles in this film, as both sources and executive producers? So how do you establish credibility?

They spoke to Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy.

The film is scheduled for release this coming November.