Lenny Castellaneta is a former schoolteacher & the author of two critically acclaimed books. His most recent, 1225 MISTLETOE LANE, is a humorous & enchanting Christmas tale... a contemporary mixture of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, BACK TO THE FUTURE, & SOMEWHERE IN TIME. The critics were impressed. Armchair Interviews declared it, “A wonderful, feel good read!” And The Bay News raved, “1225 Mistletoe Lane is a holiday treat... a fun read you probably won't put down until you've finished with a smile!” (Lenny & Leigh Podgorski-Florek recently completed a screenplay adaption of the book.)
His debut effort, NO ONE'S EVEN BLEEDING, has been described as a mixture of BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, WELCOME BACK KOTTER, & SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. As Midwest Book Review put it, “... feels like tales told by an old friend you haven't seen in awhile... perfectly crafted... told with heart and humor.” And Substitute Teacher Magazine declared, "No One's Even Bleeding is a very entertaining book." (Lenny recently completed a screenplay based on NOEB.)
LETTER TO SANTA, Lenny and Leigh's newest script, is about a little girl who asks St. Nick to help reunite her grandparents at Christmastime. (Connie Sellecca, James Brolin & Dann Florek want to play the leads. Formerly optioned.)
Along with film writer/director P.J. Castellaneta, Lenny wrote a screenplay entitled CELESBIANS, a story about two women who fake a domestic partnership so that one of them can be covered under the other's health insurance plan. It impressed numerous management firms throughout L.A. & landed them representation with Messina Baker Entertainment Group. (No longer with them, though.)
VINNY THE ELF is another Yuletide script written by Lenny. It’s the story of a lovable hustler, cast out of the North Pole, who’s recruited by Santa to help save Christmas. (Formerly optioned.)
Lenny also penned the lyrics for the holiday CD, CHRISTMAS ON MISTLETOE LANE.
THE SANTA DIET Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy After stuffing themselves on Thanksgiving, three sisters make an ill-advised bet as to which of them can lose the most weight before Christmas. (Only 2 locations, co-written w/award-winning writer/director, P.J. Castellaneta. - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0144660/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1)
LETTER TO SANTA Comedy ⋄ Family ⋄ Fantasy A mysterious stranger helps reunite a little girl's parents at Christmastime. (Dave & Dann Florek attached. Repped by Avery Management, Los Angeles.)
1225 MISTLETOE LANE Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Romance An angel zaps a lonely young man back to 1963 to prevent a devastating accident to someone he loves... but getting him to return proves quite a chore.
CELESBIANS Comedy Two gal pals become a media sensation when their love story, an interracial high school romance rekindled after 10 years, goes viral. Only trouble is, they're not really lesbians.
NO ONE'S EVEN BLEEDING Comedy An aspiring TV writer becomes a substitute teacher, always keeping one step ahead of school officials as he continually bends their code of conduct.
SALE PENDING Comedy A mild-mannered landlord finds an avenger in an eccentric realtor who helps him win justice over horrible neighbors, evil tenants, and an adulterous wife.
Vinny the Elf Comedy Vinny, a lovable hustler with ties to the mob, is recruited by Santa to help save Christmas.