JOE MAGGIO (2023 87 mins, 16:9)

Virgil Bliss (Clint Jordan) has been on the run from the law for twenty years. His decision to return to the scene of his original crime and finally make amends is complicated by the sudden death of his girlfriend Amy (Faryl Amadeus), and the unexpected arrival of Amy’s holy-roller sister who ensnares the well-meaning Virgil in a web of lies and deceit.

BLISS is the sequel to the 2001 Indie Spirit Award nominated feature VIRGIL BLISS and is the second installment of the Virgil Bliss Trilogy.

Clint Jordan, “Virgil” –  is known for The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Virgil Bliss (2001) and Phoenix Forgotten (2017).

Faryl Amadeus, “Amy” – She is the creator, writer, director and star of the TV show, Fancy Nancy’s Funny Hour, and was featured as one of Paper Magazine’s Most Beautiful People. Faryl’s debut short Mary Meet Grace (filmed during the 2020 pandemic) is a nod to the birth mother she was reunited with as an adult, and an exploration of what lengths an adoptee might go to to discover who and where they come from. Faryl is developing two features, and three TV drama pilots.

Juan Fernandez, “Anton” – Juan Fernández was born on December 13, 1956 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is an actor and producer, known for A Man Apart (2003), The Collector (2009) and Crocodile Dundee II (1988).

David Yow, “Pizza Guy” – Most recently Yow’s portrayal of “Marshall” in Macon Blair’s ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore’ alongside, Elijah Wood, Jane Levy and Melanie Lynskey, has received a ton of buzz and excitement. His versatility is displayed fully in David Robert Mitchell’s ‘Under the Silver Lake’ with Jimmi Simpson, Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace, as “The Homeless King”.

Joe Maggio – writer/director: Joe Maggio is an award-winning writer-director. His work has screened in festivals and museums around the world, including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, MoMA, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Paley Center for Media and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

His first film, Virgil Bliss (2001), was nominated for two 2002 Independent Spirit Awards – The John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature under $500,000) and Best Debut Performance (for actor Clint Jordan.)

His second film, Milk + Honey (2003), premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the 2003 Atlanta Film Festival.

Paper Covers Rock (2008), premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was purchased by IFC Films for worldwide VOD and DVD, and by Showtime for North American cable.

Bitter Feast (2010), premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was released theatrically and on VOD through MPI Media/Dark Sky Films. It was nominated for two Golden Chainsaw Awards (Best Actor, Best Blood FX) by Fangoria Magazine.

The Last Rites of Joe May (2011), was produced in conjunction with Steppenwolf Films of Chicago. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was acquired by Tribeca Films and released theatrically to critical acclaim throughout North America. The late Roger Ebert included The Last Rites of Joe May on his list of best films of 2011.

His sixth feature film, Supermoto (2016), was shot on the prairies of Eastern North Dakota and premiered at the Minneapolis International Film Festival.

He has collaborated with Vincent D’Onofrio on three radio plays, Man on The Ledge (2012) and Ram King (2013), and Cannibals (2015), as part of the Tales From Beyond the Pale series presented by NYC horror impresario Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid.

In 2006, he founded Incidental Films, a production company devoted to making “Incidental Cinema” – ultra-indie films that favor narrative truth and creative freedom above all else.

As of 2022 he is completing work on a feature documentary, Gary from Omaha, about one man’s hunt for a mythical creature in the wilds of Oregon’s Blue Mountains, and he has just completed the feature film, Bliss, the sequel to his award-winning debut feature, Virgil Bliss (2001), and the second installment in the Virgil Bliss trilogy.

He has taught at NYU in the Film and Dramatic Writing departments, and is on the faculty of Emerson College where he teaches directing.