Gritty Detroit Crime Movie Garners Film Festival
Independent Detroit filmmaker
makes award-nominated new heist flick Guns,
Drugs, & Dirty Money as loving tribute to the hard-bitten Motor City.
The film has been nominated for two awards at the 2nd Annual Detroit
Independent Film Festival, March 9-13, 2011.
Detroit, MI—March 1, 2011—
They said it was dead. They said it couldn’t be done. The
good times were over—permanently. Times have been tough in Detroit, but
eventually, if a town hits rock bottom hard enough, there has to be some
bounce. One of the people cheering on the city is budding filmmaker John Anton.
John Anton: by night successful Detroit club owner, by day
aspiring auteur, has finally done what he always wanted to do--write, direct
and produce a love letter to his beloved hometown in the form of his new
hard-hitting crime drama, Guns, Drugs, & Dirty Money.
& Dirty Money is a madly violent graphic novel brought to vivid, bloody
life on the big screen. Firmly in the tradition of Reservoir Dogs, Sin City,
and any other gloriously trashy bullet ballet ever made, Guns is already generating major buzz. Upon its debut at the 2011 Detroit Independent Film Festival,
it was immediately nominated for best editing and best supporting actor.
& Dirty Money tells the story
of graphic novel author Michael Steele (Eric Roberts), who reads the first issue
of his comic book of the same name to his ten-year-old-nephew. As he reads, the
viewer is instantly transported to the violent Detroit underworld where mob
enforcer Nino Capazo, facing imminent retirement, is out for revenge against
New York crime boss Benito Fontaine. Marked for death, on the run, and with no
one else to turn to, he enlists the help of his former partner in crime, Rio.
There’s only one problem—Rio is currently under lock and key at the Jackson
State Pen. Nino helps Rio pull off the big break-out and together they round up
a crew of vicious new bloods who are then forced to attempt the biggest heist
in FBI history.
This is John Anton’s first major project with himself at the
helm, and completely self-financed. It all started eleven years ago, when Anton
made a decision that changed his life. He went down to the Detroit HBO shoot
for 61*, Billy Crystal’s Roger Maris
picture. After absorbing
everything he saw, Anton continued his apprenticeship: acting in movies with
Detroit locations, helping other filmmakers with their projects, making the right
connections, and letting his nightclub be used in over twenty-three films.
As a result, he learned a thing or two about acting,
directing, and everything else that goes into a successful film production.
Anton says. “It was a great learning experience to be involved in every aspect
of the process of filmmaking. It was my ten-year film school.” His appetite
whetted, Anton spent all his free time writing, thinking, and writing some
more. Eventually, he put together all the pieces that would comprise his homage
to the hard side of life in Detroit: Guns,
Drugs, & Dirty Money.
Guns, Drugs, &
Dirty Money, a Smoke Screen Films production, was written by John Anton and Jason Waugh, directed by John
Anton, and produced by John Anton and Anthony Moscato. The cast includes the
Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated Eric Roberts, Anthony Moscato, Alex Safi,
Jason Waugh, Carlos Rubio, Cal Somers, James Hyde, Rich Goteri, and Sarah Sid. Now
available on DVD at SmokeScreenFilms.com
g his next action feature film.