Writer-director Arthur Luhn was born deaf. In his crime caper Conned, there's also a trio of bank robbers who are hearing impaired.
But what's most interesting about the trajectory of this 2010 indie production is that a year after playing the festival circuit, it's finally getting its big distribution push. There's a sold-out red carpet premiere and after-party set for Thursday October 18th at the AMC Boston Common Theaters, to be followed on Tuesday October 23rd by the film's arrival on DVD and Netflix.
This time last fall at the FilmShift Film Festival in Boston, Conned won the event's Audience Award. Part of the reason for this is that Luhn cleverly included in his cast a number of real-life ex-cons and felons.
The movie involves various elements of Boston's underworld all gradually honing in on a big horse race that has been fixed. Luhn made his feature debut in 2003 with The Golden Legacy and is currently putting the finishing touches on a third full-length film, The House Across the Street, due for 2013.