Rob Moretti (born 1971) is an American film actor, writer and director, known for Crutch (2004) and most recently Truth (2013).
2 Health related issues
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After a string of short films and features starting at the age of 15, he moved behind the camera in order to produce a semi-autobiographical film about his life as a recovering addict and alcoholic Crutch (2004) through his own production company HP Productions, later known as Left of Center Entertainment.
Rob Moretti wrote, produced and starred in Crutch, a semi-autobiographical film based on the life growing up the child of an alcoholic mother and struggling with his own demons. The film was shot on a shoestring budget and ended up being released in New York City on September 17, 2004 to relatively positive reviews. Anita Gates of The New York Times stated the film is a "nicely structured drama".  The film came in at #4 for highest grossing films per screen on its opening weekend. In 2006, the DVD release by the now defunct Allumination FilmWorks and landed in the Top 50 DVD Rentals in the US for 3 consecutive weeks. Later, after a long legal battle to retain his rights to the film, he licensed it overseas to Optimale in France and cmv-Laservision. The film had its first television airing on the Q Television Network, followed by HereTV in 2011.
In 2011 he began working with filmmaker Kenneth del Vechio as Executive Producer on the film An Affirmative Act, a pro-gay marriage film, starring Charles Durning, Eric Etebari, Costas Mandylor, Rachael Robbins, and Blanche Baker, about a lesbian couple where one pretends to be a man in order for the two to get married and equal benefits.
Shortly after came the role of Glenn in The Great Fight starring Robert Loggia, Joyce DeWitt, Charles Durning, Martin Kove, Angela Little, Rachael Robbins, and Eric Eteberi, is about an autistic savant who becomes an MMA fighter.
He also did a brief cameo in The Life Zone starring Blanche Baker. To date, the film has been a huge success on Netflix, despite its controversial subject matter.
In 2012, Moretti convinced Sean Paul Lockhart and Blanche Baker to star in his LGBT thriller Truth. The film was completed in mid-2013 and played in film festivals around the world including FilmOut in San Diego, Philadelphia QFest and one of the oldest gay film festivals in the United States devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as Chicago Reeling Film Festival. It has also premiered overseas at Homocrom in Germany. The film opened in New York City on January 10, 2014 to mixed reviews. The Village Voice called the film "hammier than Easter brunch, but its depictions of rejection transfiguring into violence are always affecting and distressing." P.H. Davies review of Lockhart's performance "manages at times to convey vulnerability, rage, and madness with a certain kind of veracity. "
The film can be seen in over 20 countries on many VOD platforms and has been distributed on DVD by TLA Entertainment Group in May 2014. The film swept TLA’s 2014 Gaybie Awards including Best Actor Sean Paul Lockhart and Best Director Rob Moretti.
Health related issues
In 2011, Moretti was finally diagnosed with Vestibular Laybrithitis, and inner ear disorder that affects balance. Most patients recover from this syndrome, however, only a small percentage of people live with this on a permanent basis. He spent over a year and a half recovering with physical therapy at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. While recovering he came up with the concept for Truth and a year later began production.
Year Film Role Notes
2014 Truth Director, actor, producer Psychological thriller film
2004 Crutch Director, actor, producer Drama
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Crutch Executive Producer, actor Psychological thriller film
2010 An Affirmative Act Executive Producer, actor Drama
2011 Phantom Images Executive Producer, actor Drama
2014 Truth Executive Producer, actor Psychological thriller film
Genre Year Title Role Episodes Notes
Film 1989 Dead Dudes in the House S
Film 1991 Scenes from a Mall James Dean Shopper
Film 2004 Crutch Kenny Griffith
Film 2010 An Affirmative Act Marty Pearce
Film 2011 The Grand Theft Shmuel Bornenude
Film 2011 The Great Fight Glenn
Film 2011 Phantom Images Darwin King
Film 2011 The Life Zone Robert
Film 2014 Truth Robert
Film 2014 Out to Kill Gene Sherman
Film 2014 Snapshot Robert French
Short film 2014 Reunion Greg Walters 18 minutes
TV series 2015 Mansions and Murders Chiropractor "Loved to Bits and Pieces" 1 Episode
^ "Truth". Internet Movie Data Base.
^ Gates, Anita. "Sixteen and Desperate, With No One to Lend an Ear". http://www.nytimes.com/. The New York Times. Retrieved 17 September 2004.
^ "Home Media Magazine". http://www.homemediamagazine.com/. Retrieved 5 Feb 2006.
^ "Crutch". HereTV. Here Media.
^ "The Great Fight". Internet Movie Database.
^ Garza, Melissa Antoinette. "the life zone (2011) – netflix instant watch – political horror movie". Scared Stiff Reviews.
^ Nunn, Jerry (1 Jan 2014). "Actors speak the 'Truth' about movie thriller". Windy City Times. Retrieved 1 Jan 2014.
^ Winnick, Nick. "Truth: A Self-Portrait - Director Rob Moretti turns past pain into present success". GayCalgary.com. Retrieved 1 Jan 2014.
^ Kang, Inkoo. "Truth". Village Voice. Village Voice. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
^ Davies, P.H. "TRUTH (2013) REVIEW". P.H. Davies. P.H. Davies. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
^ "Truth". tlagay.com. TLA Entertainment Group.
^ Staley, Jeremy. "And The Nominees For The 2014 Gaybie Awards Are...". Indiewire. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
Rob Moretti at the Internet Movie Database
Unique traits: I'm just me...
Film (short) by Gregory G. Allen (Drama and Family) Editor As a young man lays dying, his history of anger, addiction, and resentment is forced to the surface as his mother displays the depths to which she'll go for the love of a child.
Stranger Than Fiction: The Making of Truth
Film (short) by Mike Justice Producer, Self
Film by Rob Moretti (Thriller) Actor, Director A story like no other, "Truth" explores the deep-rooted psychological traumas that affect so many in our society. With subject matters like addiction, pedophilia, abuse, crime and manipulation we will enter a dark and disturbing world where love is the catalyst for destruction. A very good-looking master manipulator, Caleb is the driver of our story. Hailing from an abusive childhood, he is now in a relationship that ultimately sends him over the edge. When learning that is his affair with Jeremy has other variables such as an 8month pregnant wife, it propels Caleb in a never-ending vindictive streak who's end result is to destroy Jeremy and all that he holds dear. The films core is rooted in relationships and the inner workings of the human condition when exposed to such psychological threats. Written by Joe Rosario
Film (short) by Jim Haggerty (Drama) Actor
Film by Eric Etebari (Drama) Actor, Editorial department Thomas Grady (Zach McGowan), former paparazzi, inadvertently captures a scandalous, revealing shot of one of the world's most prominent and beloved figures - the First Lady (Joyce DeWitt). What ensues is a terrific conflict of morals, love and money, while examining the fine line between an individual's right to privacy and the public's right to know. SNAPSHOT draws a parallel between the damage that can be inflicted by shooting someone with a camera instead of a gun. Possession of this photo forces Thomas to deal with ethical struggles and to confront the love of his life (Angela Gots), his brother (David Chokachi) and his father (Robert Loggia) as this photo puts the true nature of their relationships to a test, while an underlying life threatening danger exists, with an ending you would not expect. How far would you go to protect your privacy? Written by Robert Borneman
Out to Kill
Film by Rob Williams (Drama and Mystery) Actor When private investigator Jim Noble moves into a beautiful loft complex in Tampa, he never expects to find his first case literally right outside his door - the corpse of one of his neighbors, right in the middle of the complex's courtyard. When he's hired to solve the crime, Jim quickly learns that everyone in the complex has secrets, and that someone was willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden. Written by Anonymous
Film by Rob Moretti (Drama and Thriller) Actor, Producer, Director, Writer A suspenseful, psychological thriller, "Truth" exposes the hidden demons buried deep inside each and every one of us. After a chance encounter over the Internet, Caleb, who suffers from borderline personality disorder, meets and falls head over heels for Jeremy, and soon the line between love and lies blur. Struggling to keep his past a secret, including his mentally ill mother, Caleb slowly succumbs to his darker side. A sudden turn of events finds Jeremy held captive, until Caleb's quest for the truth be revealed. Written by Truth
The Life Zone
Film by Rod Weber (Thriller) Actor Kidnapped by a mysterious figure, three women find themselves trapped in an abandoned hospital.
The Great Fight
Film by Sherri Kauk (Action and Drama) Actor The rare story of an autistic sauvant, whose prodigious skill is fighting - and maybe more.
Film by Matthew Doyle (Drama) Actor, Producer Awash in the noise of memory and morphine, Darwin King is unable to project himself into a future that is increasingly finite. Now with the funding for his movie collapsed along with the rest of the economy, all that is left to do is reflect on the life and project he'll never complete. Written by Matthew Doyle
The Grand Theft
Film by Ken Del Vecchio (Comedy) Actor Destitute, but desperate to produce their blockbuster bank robbery movie, slick producer Mario Vigilante and his intellectually challenged major players decide to pull a robbery to finance the film.
An Affirmative Act
Film by Jana Mattioli (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Romance) Actor, Producer A slice of life of a young, professional married couple with their darling baby turns a sharp, dark corner when the pair are arrested and charged with several counts of fraud. The reason: Terry and Samantha Succi aren't the man and woman that they purported to be... Terry and Samantha married under false pretenses, ignoring state law that discriminates against homosexual partners and prohibits them from receiving the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts. Now the Governor, in an effort to protect his politically necessary anti-gay marriage bill, secretly arranges for a quick slap-on-the wrist plea offer that will ensure both a guilty plea and a fast end to the case. Terry and Samantha, though, decide to fight the fight and enlist the unlikely representation of self-absorbed, but respected attorney John DeMine. What ensues is a massive media covered courtroom battle, with equally divided views...and equally plotted acts of legal - and illegal - warfare. After a ... Written by Kenneth Del Vecchio
Film by Archibald Flancranstin (Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror and 2 More) Editorial department, Sound department HEADER portrays the grueling psychological journey taken by ATF Agent Stewart Cummings. On the surface, Stewart struggles to solve a string of bizarre murders, but in secret, his life falls into a world of corruption that's impossible to escape. Deceit, rape, and murder spiral out of control triggering a hellish conclusion that defies description. Written by Archibald Flancranstin and Michael Philip Anthony
Film (short) by Tia Dionne Hodge (Comedy) Cinematographer
Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers
Film by Lou Angeli (Documentary) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Answering the Call depicts the surreal sites and sounds of the now sacred ground that was once the World Trade Center complex - a site now known throughout the world as Ground Zero. Ground Zero's volunteers - volunteer firefighters, church and relief organization volunteers, private citizens - describe their experiences responding to the call for help, how self-made leaders that were born and the inspiring teamwork of thousands of strangers who became brothers and sisters. Instead of despair, the film encourages viewers to pay tribute to the victims and rescuers and volunteers of Ground Zero by engaging in volunteer service. Written by Lou Angeli
Film by Rob Moretti (Biography and Drama) Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Editor An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, David's home life is falling apart. As he tries to cope with the impossible situation, the troubled and impressionable teenager falls under the spell of Kenny, a georgous, thirty-something, has-been actor turned theatre coach. When Kenny's "support" escalates into seduction, David slowly decends into an abyss of drinking and drug addition from which he must escape if he is to survive. CRUTCH is a dramatic tale of the confusion of youth and the difficulties in finding oneself. Written by Anonymous
Film by Ilan Duran Cohen (Comedy) Actor
Scenes from a Mall
Film by Paul Mazursky (Comedy) Actor On their 16. anniversary, during a shopping stroll, the lawyer Nick Fifer confesses his wife Deborah some affairs. She goes wild and insists on a divorce. After they agreed to the dividing up of their belongings, Deborah confesses having an affair, too. Now he gets very upset and wants the divorce for his part, but the last word is not spoken yet. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>
Dead Dudes in the House
Film by James Riffel (Horror) Actor Eight friends go to fix up an old house that Mark has purchased. Upon arriving they find the grave of Annabelle (the former owner) in the back yard. She had killed her husband back in the 40's. Bob (one of Mark's friends) smashes the headstone and awakens Annabelle, this begins the carnage. But the dead don't stay dead and the living can't escape as the house locks down to keep them in. Written by <Chillidog9@aol.com>
Film by Paul Mones (Drama) Actor A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Film by Roger Young (Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance and 1 More) Actor His ex-wife asks the unsuccessful gambler and inventor Harrison for a small favor: to get her a parcel from a friend's apartment - without telling him what's in it. Suddenly he finds himself assaulted by villains and shortly after even under suspect of murder. The inexperienced P.I. Rachel is hired by an unknown party to rid him of the parcel - but soon befriends him. Together they try to figure out what kind of game is being played. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>