3 Holes & A Smoking Gun

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Feature film from United States, 89 minutes


Screens Thursday, February 26, 2015
Screening Block 3, 8pm-11:15pm

Directed by Hilarion Banks
Produced by Sasha Yelaun, Zuher Khan

An ex-Hollywood screenwriter now teaching an evening class in New York finds himself in a battle of wits with a devious screenwriter student. Bobby, the teacher, shows up at his student Jack Ariamehr’s doorstep to confront him – it’s the best screenplay he’s ever read. And Bobby will do anything to get a piece of this last chance at the American dream. However, Jack didn’t even write it. Possessing all the drive in the world, but devoid of talent, Jack ran an ad online, met with a a neophyte screenwriter, schmoozed him… and poisoned him. But not unlike the moral of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” a film which Bobby references often to his ruthless student, the blockbuster gold that has passed into their grasp will ultimately elude them, as lives are lost and dreams are broken over a thing as simple as a screenplay.

About the Director

Award Winning Cinematographer, Hilarion Banks, is best known for his mix of stark, expressionistic lighting and naturalistic capabilities. His work can be seen in documentaries, narratives, music videos, web series, and commercials, as well as film festivals all over the world. He’s made films on five different continents in six different languages!


2014 Laughlin International Film Festival – Best U.S Narrative Feature Film
2014 Red Dirt International Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize, Best Lead Actor (James Wilder)
2014 Indian Cine Film Festival – Best Actor (Zuher Khan)
2014 Downtown Film Festival – Best Screenwriter (Scott Fivelson)

For anyone who may have forgotten what a powerful and versatile actor James Wilder is, just check out his latest role in the indie psychological thriller “Three Holes And A Smoking Gun.” — Bill Johnson, Hollywood Patch

Winner of the Best Lead Actor Award for Three Holes at the Red Dirt International Film Festival, James Wilder has landed squarely on the radar of film fest critics in the best possible way. The Examiner

3 Holes and a Smoking Gun stars James Wilder in a steals-the-show performance as an ex-Hollywood screenwriter who finds himself in New York, teaching a class to which a street punk hands in the best screenplay he’s ever read.  — Splash Magazine



About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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