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Starlight & Superfish

United States

An atheist is stuck in Purgatory.


Nick appears in his apartment - confused and disoriented. He discovers he can’t move anything. He can’t open the medicine cabinet, can’t pick up a Perrier bottle, can’t open the door. He can’t even feed his fish! A naturally timid and nervous person, Nick begins to panic. Suddenly, a British glam-rock band bursts in the door. The band informs Nick that he is dead. He can’t leave his apartment. To escape, he must learn all the valuable life lessons he ignored while he was alive. Then, he will be judged by God and sent either to Heaven or Hell – a jarring concept for an atheist. With the rock band serving as his modern-day Greek chorus, Nick must rely on Rex, the hot-headed, half-drunken lead singer as his spiritual guide to avoid the fiery pits of Hell. Further complicating matters is the new tenant. Nick’s landlord wastes no time renting the “vacant” apartment to newly single Beth. An evangelical Christian who is unaware that Nick and the other spirits are sharing the apartment with her, Beth is undergoing a harrowing transformation of her own. Will her church accept her leaving her husband? Will her friends abandon her? Or should she just run back to her man? Nick is equally attracted to and repulsed by Beth. She’s beautiful, but she’s a super-Christian. A former Christian himself, Nick loved the camaraderie at church, but he just couldn’t accept the judgmental nature of the religion. That, and the fact that the pastor was screwing his girlfriend, helping her get “closer to God.” Atheism seemed the safest option.

Cast & Characters

CAST Hayes Hargrove – Nick Matthew Jure – Rex Carey Peters – Beth Tim Brennen – Nick’s Dad Nancy Hayden – Nick’s Mom Tevis Marcum – Stumpy Wendi McLendon-Covey – Dawn Danny Mooney – Ike the Mover Sarah Ashley – Sharon Rob Hess – Don Juan Michael Wilk – Preacher Jacob Hodgson – Delivery Boy Sharif Nasr – Shabazz the Mover Mike Kopera – News Announcer Jennifer Guerra – Angela Hightower Tyler Spencer – Bill Laserman CREW Steve Kopera – Director Rob Hess – Writer Danny Mooney – Producer Nicole Gere – Production Manager Drew Peters – Composer Chris Huth - Editor Joey Ostrander – Production Designer Amy Julia Cheyfitz – Costume Desiger Melissa Kunimatsu – Makeup Artist Tony Visintainer – Assistant Director Steve Sholtes – Sound Designer Christopher Pratt – Boom Operator Rob Hess – Director of Photography Jeff Pedersen – Camera Operator Kris Kojian – Camera Operator Liz DeCamp – Assistant Camera Chris Miller – Gaffer Natalie Williams – Key Grip Laura Grey – Script Supervisor Aaron Lebovic – Production Assistant Ryan Tamaroff – Production Assistant

Comments (1)

  • vasiana


    23 July 2010 at 03:46 |
    Starlight & Superfish is a religious comedy. I watched this film at Wayne State University, in the Welcome Center building. The plot of this film was about a man, Nick, stuck in purgatory, and he was trying to get out. The idea was different than what I was used to, so I liked its originality. I liked way they interpret the idea of the new afterlife place called purgatory. Also, I liked the idea that the spirits say around the house at this stage, and they had to learn the valuable lessons that they ignored when they were alive in order to escape. The film had one main story with two other sub stories. The director did a great job leading us through the different yet intertwined stories. The movie’s main setting was Nick’s apartment, which made the movie bland and the super effects were nothing special either. Since it was a “low budget film”, we got an obvious low budget movie. The pale recording itself was evident enough that there was a tight budget involved.
    In respect to acting, Hayes Hargrove played Nick, the main character, poorly. I was convinced that Hayes was Nick in the movie. To me, it was an actor reading lines. Having not seen him play any other roles, I will just leave it at that.
    Whereas Matthew Jure did an excellent job playing Rex, the lead singing spiritual guide for Nick. I really enjoyed watching him perform. His facial expression matched his lines perfectly. He was funny and very interesting. I would definitely watch another one of his movies.
    Carey Peters did an okay job playing Beth, the new tenant that replaced Nick. She was a super Christian in this film. I do not think that this movie is her greatest work. Maybe the role did not match her.
    Timothy Brennen did a great job playing Nick’s dad. He was hilarious. His facial expression were priceless, especially the boxing scene. He made me believe that he was jerk, which is exactly what I want. I want to be disillusioned into believing what I am watching is real.
    The other performer that need be mentioned is Tevis R. Marcum, who played the stumpy bass player. Even though his role is small, I could tell that he has the ability to play in major films. His appearance alone distinguishes him into major key roles. His performance was spot on.
    Overall, I liked the plot of the film and the point of view of the purgatory place. I also liked some actors who did a good job performing their roles. I believe the poor quality video recording, lighting, and lame special effects ruined from me. Maybe I went in expecting too much. I felt like it was longer than an hour and twenty-one minutes, which means that it did bore me little. I did yawn and lose my concentration from the movie couple of times. I probably would not watch this movie again, but I would give the director and the actors another chance because I believe that they all have good skills. They all have great potential and talent.

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