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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gritty Psychological-Thriller "BOY WONDER" Screening at Chicago's C2E2, March 19th

Stars of Award-Winning Film to Make Appearance

"A dangerous, new superhero … Boy Wonder marks the debut feature film for Morrissey, but the result looks like he's done it before … One of the film's biggest strengths is its casting ..."
- TheHuffingtonPost

"… the indie superhero movie that could literally punch the throat out of the big boys this year … the performances are generally top-notch … a visceral ride full of white-knuckled suspense and gut-wrenching provocation … a great indie sleeper hit that will leave you hugging your own sanity a little tighter at night."
- 303 Magazine

"Some are good, some are great but few have the raw energy of Michael Morrissey's fantastic directorial debut Boy Wonder … a solid mystery, using a well-developed script and excellent editing as building blocks to the final reveal … a conclusion that is both satisfying and unexpected … I can't wait to see what Morrissey has up his sleeve for a follow-up."

"The perpetration of the final [scene] in the film was ingenious …"

CHICAGO - Feb. 24, 2011 - For Immediate Release - The urban psychological-thriller Boy Wonder, written and directed by Michael Morrissey, will screen at the 2nd annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, March 18-20, at McCormick Place Convention Center. The popular fan event attracted nearly 30,000 attendees from across the country in its inaugural year, a number expected to increase substantially in 2011.

In sharp contrast to recent big-budget, Hollywood spandex-fests (even James Bond and Indiana Jones are fighting aliens), Boy Wonder stands apart as a gritty, realistic tale of loss and helplessness in a world that is far tougher than the fantastic worlds presented in the studios' superhero films.

Boy Wonder will screen:  Saturday, March 19 @ 5:30 p.m., Room #476, at the Expo
(Media can RSVP at 323-660-5800 or

Meet the director and stars at the screening during a Q&A and signing autographs on
the show floor:  Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19, Booth #621

Said Morrissey, "We are very excited to be a part of C2E2 and to bring Boy Wonder to the comic book and sci-fi crowd. I've been a comic book reader for more than 30 years and I wanted to create a movie that spoke to those of us who love the dark, complicated side of comics. Boy Wonder is not about the tights and a cape … this is about what would happen if Peter Parker was real and had no super powers, just a burning anger fueled by grief.  It's about a complicated teenager who decides to take justice into his own hands, no matter what the cost-about revenge, rage, violence, love and everything in between. I made this movie for comic book fans and am excited for them to finally take a look."

Boy Wonder, which marks the feature film debut of Morrissey, has received awards and accolades at film festivals across the country, including Best Feature Film, Best Director (Morrissey) and Best Actor (Caleb Steinmeyer) at the 2010 Williamsburg International Film Festival; Best Feature Film and Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Sacramento Film Festival; Best Feature Film and Best Actress (Zulay Henao) at the 2010 Thrillspy International Thriller & Spy Film Festival; Best Feature Film at the 2010 Festivus Film Festival; and Best Editing (Douglas Fitch) at the 2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival. It is also an Official Selection at the upcoming 2011 Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 20-27, and the 2011 Vail Film Festival, Mar. 31-April 3.

Beware the Hero …
In this riveting and gritty psychological-thriller, a young boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother during a Brooklyn car-jacking … leaving him to be raised by his alcoholic father (Bill Sage, Handsome Harry, 2010 Best Picture-nominee Precious, If Lucy Fell). Now a 17-year-old loner, Sean Donovan (Caleb Steinmeyer, HBO's True Blood, ABC's Lost) is relentlessly haunted by his past and obsessed with finding his mother's killer.

Drawn into a nocturnal urban underworld, Sean's consuming rage is vented one night, defending himself from a chaotic attack by a drug dealer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night.

Investigating a series of vigilante murders, hot-shot new homicide detective Teresa Ames (Zulay Henao, Fighting, S. Darko, Feel the Noise) - broken by her own troubled life - takes an interest in Sean and his case. Yet the closer Teresa gets, the more suspicious she becomes. Engaged in a twisting game of cat and mouse, Sean and Teresa become allies by day … and enemies by night.

But what is a real hero? Who decides what is right or wrong? As the boundaries between justice and vengeance blur, Sean's dual life wears on his psyche and his two worlds careen dangerously close to colliding.

Like a graphic novel you can't put down, Boy Wonder challenges morality, distorting perceptions of what is right and what is justified, as it races to its shocking conclusion.

Also starring James Russo (Public Enemies, Extremities) and Tracy Middendorf (HBO's Boardwalk Empire).

Tickets for C2E2 may be purchased at

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