Filmmaker Joseph Varhola Serves Up ‘A Fancy Piece Of Homicide’


Pittsburgh will get the noir treatment with a new feature film. Writer/director Joseph Varhola, a Pittsburgh Filmmakers alum whose past works include the Three Rivers Film Festival selection Dogplayers and the short sci-fi satire The Underwood Company, recently kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help finish his latest project, A Fancy Piece of Homicide.

Starring Pittsburgh-based stage and screen actor Bingo O’Malley (Out of the Furnace, Creepshow), the “psychological murder mystery” follows a retired private eye who once served an extended prison sentence for killing a man he was hired to investigate. He now approaches the completion of his memoir to set the record straight. One night, envelopes containing photographs with connections to the past anonymously begin to show up at his front door, along with a mysterious man (indie film actor Mark Tierno) who is receiving photographs of his own.


A Fancy Piece of Homicide screened at Pittsburgh Filmmakers last March, and is slated to make its world premiere later this year. Before that can happen, Varhola and his crew require funds to cover post-production and distribution costs, including music licensing and festival submission fees. Donations will be accepted at the film’s Kickstarter campaign through April 15th.


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