SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERS COMEDY-MYSTERY CORKY’S HOT ICE SEPTEMBER 12 – MANILA ISLAMIC REBELS, RUSSIAN RIVER DRAG QUEENS, GENDER AMBIVALENT SLEUTH CORKY HOTPOINT

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MYSTERIOUS FIGURE IN A WIG AND A DRESS
STEALS FABULOUS $15 MILLION DIAMOND NECKLACE

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Corky’s Hot Ice Producer Mark Calvano set to regale movie lovers Friday with Grand Opening in San Francisco at Max’s Opera Plaza Cinema of a very San Francisco mystery-thriller-comedy. Calvano is seen in his San Francisco Pied-a-Terre, affectionately profiled as his Glass Tree House by Carolyne Zinko in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The windows are black form the outside, like a limousine,” Calvano noted wryly.
“Other people can’t see in, but you can see out. I cherish the view.”
Complete Zinko profile follows below.

The very San Francisco, and timely, comedy-mystery Corky’s Hot Ice premiers on Opera Plaza silver screen September 12.

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Replete with Manila Islamic rebels, Russian River drag queens, gender ambivalent sleuth Corky Hotpoint, and mid-film live runway mega cuties, the Max’s Opera Plaza showing invites Shima Sushi after the show.

The caper was produced by debonaire San Franciscan Mark Calvano.

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It all starts in the year 2001.

The Philippines is engulfed in political turmoil.

Its president Joseph Estrada faces impeachment while Islamic rebels explode bombs in Manila.

During the commotion, a mysterious figure in a wig and dress steals a fabulous $15 million dollar diamond necklace known as the Tears of Liberty from the Philippines National Treasury… and vanishes.

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Fast forward to the present day.

The Tears of Liberty is laundered through a pawn shop in San Francisco. But on a dark
night, a mysterious figure in a wig and dress breaks into the pawn shop, steals the necklace…and vanishes.

This time we have a suspect. His name is…Corky Hotpoint…?

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And he’s a draq performer…!?

The chase is on!

A police inspector and his young officer sidekick must quickly find Corky at a drag pageant at the Russian River before the scandal of the stolen necklace brings financial ruin to their boss and civil war to the Philippines.

Corky’s Hot Ice finishes with a double surprise ending in which we learn the heart-warming fate of the Tears of Liberty, and how the young police officer solves his romantic dilemma.

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Corky’s Hot Ice showcases toe-tapping music, memorable nightclub performances, and a cast of characters you won’t soon forget.It is a light upbeat comedy with only one purpose in mind: to have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face.

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CORKY’S HOT ICE WANTS YOU TO PLAY A GAME

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Corky’s Hot Ice wants you to play a game.

Can you always tell who is a man, woman, or transgender person in this movie?

About two-thirds into the film during the nightclub scene, Dana International performs her smash hit song “Diva” as runway models pose for the audience. Can you tell which of them are male and which are female? Both are there, but can you tell the difference?

Earlier in the movie, there are a couple of women who appear as men. Can you tell who they are?

We are not giving away the secret because then it would not be a game. And there is a message behind it: beauty, both inner and outer, is found in diversity. Create beauty in the ways that inspire you, and enjoy it when you find it.

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HISTORY

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Corky’s Hot Ice has the goal of making you smile, but along the way it teaches you a little history about a brave people, the Filipinos, who have struggled for centuries to gain and preserve their independence and liberties.

In 1896, the Filipinos threw off three centuries of Spanish rule and established their independence. A leading group in this rebellion was the secret society known as the Katipunan, whose early flag consisted of three white “K”s against a red background (briefly seen in Corky’s Hot Ice, with the Philippines national anthem playing in the background.)

New challenges to independence were later faced and overcome by the Filipino people. But even after their freedom as a nation was firmly secured in the 20th and 21st centuries, they faced struggles against internal corruption. Among the most inspiring were the People Power revolutions of 1986 (the “EDSA” revolution) and 2001 (“EDSA 2″). Corrupt presidents were peacefully removed as people took to the streets in mass demonstrations.

EDSA 2 is a backdrop to the story in Corky’s Hot Ice. It is a story that is not yet finished. The president who was removed from office in EDSA 2, namely Joseph Estrada (nicknamed “Erap”) has recently attempted a political comeback. The violent Islamic separatists who placed bombs in Manila are still a problem today. Through it all, the Filipinos remain a warm and wonderful people for whom the blessings of liberty and peace are richly deserved.

MARK CALVANO

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Producer and Executive Producer Mark Calvano (standing to the left in the above picture) not only appears in Corky’s Hot Ice as the TV reporter, but he served as a Producer and the Executive Producer who actively collaborated to bring the movie to the screen.

“Mark was fantastic to work with,” says writer/director/producer Tore “Zoom” Dahlin.

“He was involved in nearly every facet from the beginning. He also has a great eye for spotting talent, and he was the one who found Dana International and Flava. I think we made a good production team.”

Mark makes his home in San Francisco where he works primarily as a commercial real estate developer. Through his company Calvano Commercial, Mark is actively developing retail centers throughout California.

“Mark has a strong artistic and creative side that he expresses through his involvement in film production and clothing design, as well as through his commercial developments. We had a lot of fun putting this together,” adds Tore.

A police inspector and his young officer sidekick must quickly find Corky at a drag pageant at the Russian River before the scandal of the stolen necklace brings financial ruin to their boss and civil war to the Philippines.

Corky’s Hot Ice finishes with a double surprise ending in which we learn the heart-warming fate of the Tears of Liberty, and how the young police officer solves his romantic dilemma.

Corky’s Hot Ice showcases toe-tapping music, memorable nightclub performances, and a cast of characters you won’t soon forget.

It is a light upbeat comedy with only one purpose in mind: to have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face.

GLASS TREE HOUSE SERVES AS DEVELOPER’S PRIVATE PERCH
FOR WORK AND PLAY

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San Francisco’s skyline makes for a dramatic backdrop to the living room of Mark Calvano’s penthouse, above, which has an equally striking bedroom.

BY CAROLYNE ZINKO

Mark Calvano who worked for years as a commercial real estate developer in Silicon Valley, never planned on living in a glass tree house in San Francisco. He had plenty of trees at his home in Los Gatos. But when he retired in 2000, at the ripe old age of 35, his life took a turn toward the adventurous. He began traveling the world and hanging out with friends in the city. A pied-a-terre became a necessity. And one day, while out for a walk with a real estate agent friend, Calvano looked up and saw what he wanted: a glas penthouse at 900 Bush St.

It wasn’t for sale, but that didn’t bother Calvano. “That’s the unit I want – go get it,” he told his friend.

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It turned out that the penthouse belonged to a couple who had only recently moved in. They offered to sell – for double their purchase price – but Calvano, whose fortune was made through making deals, turned them down. Four months later, to his surprise, the property went on the market. “It’s the only time in my life I ever said, “Get it without trying to make a deal,” Calvano recalled. “My agent got it.”

At 1,500 square feet, the home isn’t especially large, but it seems big, thanks to what Calvano estimates is 1,000 square feet of glass and a 20-foot ceiling in the living room featuring Lagos Azul polished sandstone floors. Day or night, there’s light from the sun or the twinkle of lights from the San Francisco skyline, his home’s best feature.

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The statue was a gift from Calvano’s mother

He sold his Los Gatos home in 2001. For five years he lived the high life, “partying around the world,” he said. One of the the main reasons was the death of his father at age 74. “I planned to retire at 50 and live to 100,” said Calvano, who bought and sold buildings used for high-tech research and development. “When my dad died, it was time for me to come up with Plan B.”

And so he’s been enjoying his nest and dabbling in new ventures. For a while, he developed a men’s clothing line and also invested in some films, including “Latter Days” with Jacqueline Bisset, and the soon-to-be-released “Corky’s Hot Ice,” a Comedy-mystery caper set in the Philippines and San Francisco, about the theft of a diamond necklace and the investigation that ensues.

Calvano’s home has been the scene of many cocktail parties, on holidays and for his film ventures. His favorite caterer, Franc Harriss Fine Catering, typically serves beef tenderloin brochettes with truffle aioli and tarragon, bacon-wrapped scallops with lavender-maple glaze, and Yukon Gold potatoes with asiago cheese and basil.

He likes a clean, modern look, infused with the simplicity of Japanese antiques because they lend a sense of calm. That’s Important, now that Calvano, 45, is back at work in real estate, developing retail centers across California.

With all the glass, it wouldn’t seem to be a place cloaked in privacy, but it is, and that’s good because his penthouse has many roles: It’s his home, his office and a spot for contemplation. “The windows are black form the outside, like a limousine,” he said. “Other people can’t see in, but you can see out. I cherish the view.”

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