“The Dark Side of Dalia”
In a story where lovers are informants, police departments are fame hungry, and shady parking lot conversations serve as the cornerstone for the prosecution, there is no telling if the truth will ever be entirely uncovered. And the pursuit of that truth is proving to be a curiously insatiable reality.
Entertainment Factory Producers Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase (How Sweet It Is, Death House, Bus Driver, Garlic & Gunpowder) just confirmed they’re joining forces with Evergreen Entertainment and have begun pre-production of another highly anticipated film “The Dark Side of Dalia”.
The Dalia Dippolito story has been in and out of the news since 2009. From Cops to Dateline to 20/20 and from national news to local headlines, this story was covered for over 20 days on Court T.V. Now, due to the collaboration of two hometown companies, the public will not only know the facts, they will truly see “The Dark Side of Dalia”. Dalia, a former Florida escort, was convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill her then-husband Mike Dippolito in 2009. She is heading to prison after being denied bond on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, and was just sentenced to 16 years in prison for solicitation of first-degree murder. In her third trial, a jury confirmed that the 34-year-old Dippolito tried to hire a hitman to murder her newlywed husband.
When Evergreen Entertainment obtained the rights to “The Dark Side of Dalia”, securing Entertainment Factory to produce and spearhead this project was a “no-brainer” according to one of the Executives of Evergreen Entertainment. He goes on to say, “working with Rick and Steve has proven to be the final piece of the puzzle”.
Entertainment Factory has been the center of the entertainment world and all over the news with the highly anticipated release of the soon to be cult classic Death House, which heralds to be the largest star-studded ensemble horror cast of all times. As well as Garlic & Gunpowder, which just had a star-studded screening debut at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The Valley News called the premiere “A Big Smash”. Entertainment Factory is also set to start principal photography of Stan the Man, which also stars Steven Chase (Garlic & Gunpowder) and will also be Chase's directorial debut.
Some of Entertainment Factory’s recent accolades include but aren’t limited to: Death House won Best Picture at ScareCON 2017, Death House and Garlic & Gunpowder each received 2 Best Picture nominations at CENFLO & Burbank Film Festival, participating in CENFLO’s prestigious Shark tank style event, Award Presenters at CENFLO & Burbank Film Festival, 3 Worldwide Distribution deals completed in the month of August 2017, preparing to start filming their 10th production, have 5 Films available in the Marketplace, 2 films releasing in November, and another one releasing in February 2018…
South Florida is famous for their own brand of justice, made public during the cocaine cowboy days of the 80s. But with the world keeping a watchful eye on this case, it makes for a compelling story, and an exciting and riveting movie. “Seeing that this story is based on an actual case and “real life” people, is what originally peeked our interest, and when we started delving in, we had to be a part of this project,” stated Finkelstein.
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In an age where reality television reigns supreme, there is no telling what lengths some people will go to achieve fame. But what happens when the true reality becomes more chilling, more convoluted than any 51-minute reality show can portray? The story of Dalia and her solicitation to commit first-degree murder against her husband is one that answers just that question. Since August 2009, Dalia’s story has swept the nation with its regional and national headlines and extensive media coverage. Police interviews, set-ups, and testimonies have garnered millions of YouTube views and suggest that society just can’t get enough of this story. The story begins in August 2009 when an undercover cop posing as a hit man met Dalia in a CVS parking lot in Boynton Beach, Florida. Video footage shows Dalia insisting that she wants the job complete with “5,000%” surety. With this evidence, the police department orchestrated an elaborate murder crime scene set up at the Dippolito home. Dalia’s overly rehearsed wailing at the (fake) news of her husband’s death is yet another nail in the coffin. Over the next 8 years, the Dalia story unfolded across one trial, two appeals, two retrials, and two convictions, and let’s not forget, that she got pregnant and gave birth, while on house arrest. What should have been a one-step trial and conviction was muddled by the presence of alarming defense accusations and failing juries. Was the police department looking for television fame with their set-up? Were the Dippolitos looking for similar fame? What happens when 15 minutes of fame becomes 9 years and that fame is at the expense of a woman’s freedom? While these questions have not been reasonable doubt enough to reap an innocent verdict, they are enough to keep Dalia’s story going longer than most reality TV shows. In a story where lovers are informants, police departments are fame hungry, and shady parking lot conversations serve as the cornerstone for the prosecution, there is no telling if the truth will ever be entirely uncovered. And the pursuit of that truth is proving to be a curiously insatiable reality.