Born and raised in New York, Mr. Castaldo began a professional career in the casino business working 10 years in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Mr. Castaldo then relocated to Los Angeles where he currently resides to pursue his passion of telling stories.
Mr. Castaldo is a multi- award winning independent producer with his company Destiny Pictures, with extensive experience in several areas of entertainment. Mr. Castaldo recently produced the mystery thriller Dose Of Reality. The film stars Fairuza Balk, Rick Ravanello and Ryan Merriman. DOSE had its world premiere at the prestigious CINEQUEST Film Festival and is now currently on DVD and VOD platforms as well as playing internationally. Mr. Castaldo produced the inspirational documentary My Run - narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. My Run screened in 535 movie theaters nationwide in March 2011. The film received 10-best documentary awards including; the Audience Award for its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival, Outstanding Achievement In Documentary at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, and Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary at the 2010 Las Vegas Film Festival to name a few.
Mr. Castaldo was the co-executive producer on the thriller Psych 9 in association with IPC International (Hostel, The Pink Panther). Film had its theatrical premiere opening in the UK – Lions Gate released the film domestically. The film stars Sara Foster, Cary Elwes and Michael Biehn. Mr. Castaldo produced The Perfect Tenant a twisted story of passion and revenge directed by Doug Campbell, starring Linda Purl and Maxwell Caulfield (premiered on HBO and Lifetime) and The Perfect Nanny a domestic thriller in the vein of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle directed by Rob Malenfant, starring Bruce Boxlitener and Tracy Nelson (premiered on USA network/ a 1.1 million licensing fee sale). Both of these “perfect” films are original stories developed by Mr. Castaldo. Mr. Castaldo also produced the comedy Serving Santino directed by Bill Kelman, which premiered at The Method Fest film festival.
In addition, Mr. Castaldo has been a judge for five years for The Academy Of Motion Pictures prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting. Mr. Castaldo has worked as a development executive for three years with Metro Pictures and American New Wave Films. Mr. Castaldo has been a Screen Actors Guild member for twenty years and three times selected on the nominating committee.
“Grand Jury Prize” – Las Vegas Film Festival
“Outstanding Achievement ” – Newport Beach Film Festival
“Audience Award Winner” Big Bear Lake Int’l Film Festival
“Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking” - Visionfest
“Audience Award Winner” – DocMiami Int’l Film Festival
“Best of Fest” – Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l. Film Festival
The Neapolitan Award” Naples Int'l Film Festival
“Award of Merit” – Accolade Competition
“Audience Award Winner” – Austin Film Festival
“Best Documentary Award” - Mammoth Film Festival