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May 17, 2011 > Super Hero Party Clown

Super Hero Party Clown

By Mona Shah

Booked for a hometown run, Fremont native writer-director Jeremy M. Inman's first feature "Super Hero Party Clown" is full of dynamic storytelling and drama.

The film follows Eugene Stimpson, a part-time superhero searching for love. Eugene plays Arachnid-Man at birthday parties, a not-so-glamorous job that is more than a little embarrassing. When Eugene's dream girl Emily expresses interest, he can't seem to bring himself to reveal his secret identity. Eugene's problems multiply when his childhood nemesis and romantic competition, Todd, gets a job playing a rival superhero. With the help of his party clown sidekick Garth, Eugene must maintain his secret identity long enough to remove Todd from the picture and reveal himself as the real hero.

"I think everyone can relate to Eugene's struggle - how do I balance the thing that I love with the person that I love? How do people reconcile the conflicting aspects of their life and still come out without compromising their ethics? In a lot of ways the movie is about insecurity," explains Inman.

Wrapped around all of this is something as ridiculous as spandex. You wind up with something all at once funny, touching, poignant and human. At its core is a very real friendship between Eugene and Garth, a need for heroes in any form, and a story about how one young man reconciles the two halves of his life that have forced him to hide behind a mask. Add in a healthy dose of comic book reference and action, and you get a true to life indie blockbuster, where battles between good and evil are fought at a series of backyard birthday parties.

"Super Hero Party Clown" recently premiered as an official selection at the Cinequest 2011 Film Festival to excellent reviews. It is scheduled for a limited release run at the Camera 3 Cinema in downtown San Jose, with screenings starting May 18.

Information about the film, including the trailer, can be found at superheropartyclown.com.

Super Hero Party Clown
Starring (Fremont natives): Randy J. Blair and Zack Sutherland; also starring Shelby Barnes, Adam Sessa, and Cynthia Abrams, and introducing Phillip Silva and James Dean.

Screenings:
May 18, 7:30 p.m.
May 19, 9:00 p.m.
May 21, 9:00 p.m.

Camera 3 (Downtown San Jose)
288 S. Second Street, San Jose
Runtime: 84 mins.

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