Troy Duffy never expected his film “The Boondock Saints” to become a cult classic.
Twenty years after its release, he’ll take it, because he knows the journey the film took to get eyes on it.
“You put your heart and soul when you make a small, independent film,” he says. “Ours screened after Columbine. We were informed (that) because of the political tide, we weren’t going to be shown in theaters.”
Enter Blockbuster, which stepped in to exclusively sponsor the film.
“They helped keep the momentum going and released it for us like a big movie would have had,” Duffy says. “It was important to us then and helped us get people to see it.”
Duffy will be in Albuquerque on Friday, March 13, to participate in one event with two parts.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the director will be in Nob Hill at a Taylor Garrett Whiskey event at Kellys Brew Pub.
At 10:30 p.m., he will head down the street to the Guild Cinema, where the 1999 film will screen. He will participate in a Q&A session after the screening.
The film follows Irish Catholic twin brothers Conner, played by Sean Patrick Flanery, and Murphy, played by Norman Reedus, who are inspired by their faith to cleanse their hometown of evil with their own brand of zealous vigilante justice. As they hunt down and kill one notorious gangster after another, they become controversial folk heroes in the community. But Paul Smecker, played by Willem Dafoe, an eccentric FBI agent, is fast closing in on their blood-soaked trail.
“We had an amazing cast that is still doing some amazing things,” Duffy says. “It’s really cool to see that the film still has legs and more people get the opportunity to watch it through word-of-mouth.”
Duffy is currently working on part three of “The Boondock Saints.”
He’s kept busy with projects over the years.
During his trip to Albuquerque, he’s also going to visit Albuquerque Studios, which is owned by Netflix.
“I’m always trying to create content,” he says. “It’ll be nice to rub some elbows out there and see exactly what projects they are looking for.”