2018-02-28 / Features

‘Sure-Fire’ A Fast-Paced Crime Comedy


PJ Marshall as Benny Boon in “Sure-Fire.” Marshall has also appeared in a variety of films, including “Mississippi Grind” starring Ryan Reynolds, “Catch .44” starring Forest Whitaker, and “Maggie,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Recent television credits include the plantation overseer Bill Meekes on WGN’s “Underground,” Detective Jack Colquitt on “American Horror Story,” and Lieutenant Mario Green on “Luke Cage.” PJ Marshall as Benny Boon in “Sure-Fire.” Marshall has also appeared in a variety of films, including “Mississippi Grind” starring Ryan Reynolds, “Catch .44” starring Forest Whitaker, and “Maggie,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Recent television credits include the plantation overseer Bill Meekes on WGN’s “Underground,” Detective Jack Colquitt on “American Horror Story,” and Lieutenant Mario Green on “Luke Cage.” “Sure-Fire,” will be playing in the Queens World Film Festival, in the Local Express block of eight films from the five boroughs, at 8:15 pm on Friday, March 16 at the Museum of the Moving Image, Redstone Theater. “Sure-Fire” is a short, fast-paced crime comedy about a New York City con man, played by the hilarious PJ Marshall (“Luke Cage,” “American Horror Story,” “Underground”), who poses as a movie producer in a desperate effort to pay off gangsters threatening to kill him. “Sure-Fire” is inspired by director Michael Goldburg’s upcoming feature comedy of the same name and recalls New York comedies from Woody Allen (“Broadway Danny Rose”) and Mel Brooks (“The Producers”) as well as Hollywood crime comedies like “The Big Lebowski,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Get Shorty.”

Benny Boon, a New York City con man, needs to come up with $50,000 in three days to pay off a gangster—or else. Luckily, he meets a washed-up actress, Kitty Kinkaid, who’s anxious for a comeback and claims to have the money to bankroll a screenplay. Benny poses as a movie producer and hooks her with a script called “A Woman on the Edge.” Problem is, the script doesn’t exist, and Benny doesn’t know how to write one. So he places an ad on Craigslist for a screenwriter and puts his scheme into high gear.

“Sure-Fire” has screened at over 20 festival, won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Et Cultura Festival, Best Actor at the 2017 River Bend Film Festival, Best Actor in a Comedy at the 2017 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival and 2017 Et Cultura Festival, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Kew Gardens Festival Of Cinema.

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