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New Irish-American Dark Comedy 'Misty Button' Set for New York Shoot In June
27 Apr 2018 : Nathan Griffin
‘Misty Button’, a dark comedy written & directed by Kerryman, Seanie Sugrue and produced by fellow Tralee man Bertie Brosnan is gearing up to film in the Bronx, New York in June of this year.

The feature follows two men who after being asked to place a ten thousand dollar bet on a racehorse, make the fatal mistake of pocketing the money. This in turn leads to a crisis for James and Eoin, the two Irish émigrés, when Misty Button comes in at35-1. ‘Misty Button’ is a dark comedy about Irish immigrants living in the Bronx that prove just because it’s a long shot doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

The film stars a number of seasoned actors such as: Donald Paul ('Power', ‘Quantico’, ‘The Good Fight’), Bret Lada (‘The Good Wife’, ‘Alpha House’, ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’), Marcia Haufreacht (‘Law & Order’, ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, ‘The Producers’), Gerald McNamee (‘The Get Down’, ‘The Following’, ‘White Collar’), Mark Borkowski (‘House of Cards’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Blindspot’), Kevin Breznahan (‘There Will Be Blood’, Winters Bone’, ‘Alive’, ‘Superbad’), Victoria Meade (HBO’s ‘Vinyl’), Patrick Scherrer (‘Love Is Dead’, ‘Spite’). The film is also set to feature Irish rising star Shaun Kennedy (‘Monster Inside Me’), and theatre star Hannah Jane McMurray (‘Dirty Dancing National Tour’, ‘Peter Pan 360’).

Speaking with IFTN, producer Bertie Brosnan said:

“We plan on shooting the film in June and will have a finished cut by mid-August. We will then submit the film to festivals worldwide for 2019 screenings with worldwide distribution at the forefront of our objectives. We have a diverse cast and crew already in place featuring an eclectic mix of Irish and American actors. We believe the film will be enjoyed on both sides of the pond as it takes on much of the untold stories of the Irish immigrants interacting with the local New Yorkers, funnily and uniquely. Slightly reminiscent of Tarantino's, Ritchie's and McDonagh's work, Seanie the writer/director uses quick wit and personal experience to create a world that's fun but can also act as a cautionary tale in some respects. “

Seanie Sugrue, co-founder of Locked in the Attic Productions, is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry in Ireland. While producing ‘Catch 22: based on the unwritten story by seanie sugrue’, he wrote his first play ‘Black Me Out!’ Since then Sugrue has written and directed six different plays that all premiered in New York City. ‘Catch 22: based on the unwritten story by seanie sugrue’, directed by Josh Folan, played at festivals across the country throughout 2016 and was released in January 2017. It is now available on Amazon Prime. Sugrue's fourth play ‘Love is Dead!’ was also adapted into a screenplay by NYEH Entertainment and is now in post production. Sugrue just wrote and directed a pilot named ‘Spite’, which screened at the Angelika Film Center in March. It's currently being submitted to TV festivals all around the world. He just finished writing his debut novel, ‘Cardboard Coffins’. 

Bertie Brosnan is also from Tralee, Co Kerry. He has been involved in the film industry in Ireland for some years starting as an actor and quickly moving into producing short films along with one feature film and several online commercials. His films such as the award-winning ‘Sineater’ travelled to film festivals around the world plus attained a worldwide distribution deal along with his first short ‘Jacob Wrestling With The Angel’ through the UK/USA outfit Shorts TV. Since then Bertie attained several grants from the Arts Council in Ireland and has recently joined the ‘Screen Directors Guild of Ireland’ as he practises writing and directing also. Bertie has self-distributed his feature film ‘Con’, which is available through Vimeo and Amazon Prime along with his other short films ‘Last Service’ and ‘Forgotten Paradise’.



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