Three join 'Mulberry'

Joe Morton, Daniella Alonso, John Fiore cast in drama

Joe Morton, Daniella Alonso and John Fiore are starring in "The Mulberry Tree," an indie feature directed by U.K. helmer Mark Heller.

Louis Crugnali wrote the script and also stars in the drama about a Italian-American family based on his experiences growing up near Providence, R.I., and working in the state corrections system.

The script chronicles the meeting of Mickey Crugnali and Sam Morton, a convicted murderer dying of AIDS whose remaining days on "hospital detail" give him the opportunity for redemption through conversations with the young man about his own family issues.

Alonso ("Friday Night Lights") plays Morton's long-lost daughter who strikes up a friendship with Mickey, and TV vet Fiore ("Brotherhood") plays Mickey's father.

"Mulberry," being repped by WME Global, is shooting in Providence. It is being produced by former casting director Russell Gray and Michael DeLiso, with financing a combination of private equity and Rhode Island tax incentives.
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