THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY chronicles the last days in the life of Joe May, an aging, short money hustler who always believed that a glorious destiny awaited him around every corner. Now in his sixties, his health failing and resources dwindling, Joe is presented with one last shot at greatness.
THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY (2011) was produced in conjunction with Steppenwolf Films of Chicago. It premiered in competition at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and was the Opening Night Film for the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival. It won the Jury Award for Best Feature at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
In November of 2011, Tribeca Films released THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY theatrically throughout North America, to critical acclaim.
Roger Ebert included THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY among his “Best Films of 2011″.
“You meet guys like Joe May. They can get you a price on some merchandise that fell off the back of some truck. In the performance of his career, Dennis Farina depicts the type flawlessly in THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY. He looks into the type and sees the man inside: proud, weary, fearful…” – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, ROGER EBERT
“The truth is, Mr. Farina would be considered Oscar material if “Joe May” were a bigger film. As it is, he’ll have to settle for being great… - WALL STREET JOURNAL, JOHN ANDERSON
“With a few vital strokes — a long, chilly walk and a tired trudge up some stairs — Mr. Farina and Mr. Maggio bring you close to a character whose vanity, evident in Joe’s flashy clothes and hard talk, and in the way he straightens up before he enters a room, has become his final defense against failure. He’s such a suggestive figure that you’re seduced even before the plot kicks in…” – NEW YORK TIMES, MANOHLA DARGIS