Aspiring filmmaker Nick Suclescy will debut his oddball comedy, The Tequila Renaissance, May 11 at Studio 35 in Clintonville.
The offbeat short film, which runs about 30 minutes, will begin at 1:05 p.m. at the theater, 3055 Indianola Ave. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Suclescy of German Village said the plot centers on two mob hit men, Alexander Sagittarius (Caleb Shiff) and Napoleon Capricorn (Brogan Smith), who are asked to sit for their boss. When they arrive at the house, they find the boss' wife, a famous painter, dead in a chest.
Before Sagittarius and Capricorn have a chance to react, a bumbling detective appears on the scene, along with an art dealer and his assistant.
"Hilarity ensures after that," Suclescy said.
He said the movie takes its cue from the fast-paced comedies of the 1930s and '40s, using rapid-fire dialogue, slapstick humor, cartoonish characters and exaggerated sound effects.
He wrote, directed and co-produced the movie on a shoestring budget, around $8,000. His friend Lynn Padetha served as co-producer and director of photography.
Local actors dedicated their talents free for the movie, which was filmed in six days over the winter at his mother's Thurman Avenue house and in Schiller Park.
Suclescy said he plans to enter the short in several independent film festivals. The goal is to use the characters and plot as a backdrop for a full-length feature.
Suclescy, 24, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in English and a minor in film studies.
"I've wanted to be a film director since I was 12 years old," said the Bishop Hartley High School graduate. "I really don't have a backup plan."
He has done a number of other short films over the years, including Garden of Sleep in 2006, and Phantasmic Revival, a horror short, was screened at Studio 35 in June 2011.
Suclescy works part-time at the Thurman Cafe, which his great grandfather, also named Nick Suclescy, founded in 1942. The restaurant also catered the meals during the filming of The Tequila Renaissance.