Published March 29. 2014 4:00AM
Chris Fondulas of Stonington started directing his short film "The Curse of Don Scarducci" on Wednesday in New York City - and one of the stars was Alec Baldwin. Fondulas was a boom operator for all seven seasons of "30 Rock," and he had asked Baldwin about playing a Mafia don in the project. Baldwin seemed somewhat interested, but then "30 Rock" wrapped, and time went by. When Fondulas worked on a Capital One ad last fall with Baldwin, he asked him again. This time, the response was a more definitive yes, and the filmmaker got three hours of Baldwin's time to shoot scenes for "The Curse of Don Scarducci." Fondulas wrote the comedy about a gangster (played by Neil Parisi) who is diagnosed with Celiac disease and leaves the mob to live a cleaner life. Fondulas was inspired in part by his wife, Jessie Hoyt's, Celiac disease and the related gluten-free existence. Fondulas, who grew up primarily in Stonington and Groton, and Hoyt, who grew up in Stonington, have co-founded Copps Brook Pictures. This is their first short film. They are raising money for the project via Kickstarter.com.