Actor Dennis Farina appeared on Windy City Live, ABC Chicago’s morning talk show on October 6, 2011. to talk about his career, the Chicago International Film Festival, The Last Rites of Joe May, Luck and more.
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The Last Rites of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina, will premiere on opening night of the Chicago International Film Festival on October 6. Farina (Get Shorty, Snatch, Midnight Run) will walk the red carpet the director Joe Maggio and actors Gary Cole (Office Space, Pineapple Express) and Jamie Ann Allman (The Killing, The Notebook). TheChicago Premiere of the film will at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E Randolph Street, Chicago) on Thursday, October 6th 2011 at 6pm, with the official presentation to begin at 7pm. Additional surprise guests will be announced.
Said director, Joe Maggio, “”Before I even made my first film, I remember thinking of all the great filmmakers who had premiered at the Chicago Film Festival, and dreamed of showing a film there. Now to be selected as the opening night film – it’s a tremendous honor. It’s especially gratifying to be returning to Chicago, a city that showed us so much generosity during production and really made the whole film possible.”
The Last Rites of Joe May is about an aging hustler, Joe May (Dennis Farina), who suffered a long battle with pneumonia and upon release from the hospital realizes that everyone thought he was dead. He was shocked fo find that life had gone on without him.
His landlord had pawned all his worldy possessions and rented out his apartment to a single mother with an eight year old daughter. Joe moves in with the tenants of the home he had lived in all his adult life.
Joe doggedly pursues his comeback, buthe finds the odds stacked drastically against him. Joe’s one lifeline is his burgeoning friendship with his co-tenants. So when things turn ugly between Jenny and her boyfriend, Joe is determined to take a stand for his unlikely new family, and perhaps take one last shot at redefining his legacy.
THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY will be released by Tribeca Film. Written and directed by Joe Maggio the film stars Dennis Farina, Jamie Anne Allman, Meredith Droeger, Ian Barford, Chelcie Ross, and Gary Cole. It is produced by Stephanie Striegel and Bill Straus in association with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Films,.
Dennis Farina will also star in the new HBO series, Luck, about horse racing. Luck a series about horse racing on HBO