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The Providence Effect

Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
Student film: 
Production year: 
January, 2009
Film Credits
Film director: 
Joey Dedio
About the Producer: 
Dedio is a veteran of more than fifty national commercials, films, stage and television work. As a youngster, Dedio cut his teeth in acting by appearing in After School Specials and on the NBC Soap Opera “Another World”. In 1989, Dedio headed to California to portray the title role in the NBC Series “The Karate Kid”. That same year he landed the voice of “Wheeler” on Ted Turner’s popular ecology- based animated series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”. The very popular and critically acclaimed show was nominated three times for an Emmy award in its eight season run and can now be seen in syndication in over eighty countries. Along with working with a stellar cast of celebrities, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Cruise to Elizabeth Taylor, Dedio’s popularity landed him in numerous teen magazines, chatting on various talk shows, and had him traveling the world speaking to children about how they can make a difference. On television, besides having held a recurring role on NBC’s daytime serial “Sunset Beach”, Dedio has guest starred on the popular dramas “Law and Order” and “Chicago Hope” to name a few. Having appeared in over fifteen films including,“LA Rules”, “Somewhere in the City”, “Where the Day Takes You”, “The Last Great Ride”, “Queenie in Love”, “A Good Night to Die”, “Strays”and “Trick”, it was during the filming of Sundance nominated Best Picture “Strays” starring opposite Vin Diesel, that Dedio got a real taste for producing and making independent films. His first produced film ”Bomb the System” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture in 2005. Next, Dedio starred in, wrote and produced the picture “Downtown: A Street Tale.” The film received numerous awards, starred four Academy Award winners/nominees and was released in the theatres in 2006. He was recently seen in Academy Award nominated Darrell Roodts’ South African controversial drama “Lullaby,” opposite Academy Award nominated actress Melissa Leo. Dedio’s next film, the award winning documentary “The Providence Effect” is set for release in September of 2009. The film is about a school on the west side of Chicago and it’s remarkable rate of inspiring the less fortunate into becoming successful young men and women through discipline, hope and inspiration.
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