Fresh Kills



California Theatre, San Jose Tue, Aug 15, 2023 7:15 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):119
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Emily Bader
Odessa A’zion
Jennifer Esposito
Domenick Lombardozzi
Annabella Sciorra
Nicholas Cirillo
Director:Jennifer Esposito
Producer(s):Leslie Owen
Jennifer Esposito
Samantha Sprecher
Christine Crokos
Screenwriter:Jennifer Esposito
Cinematography:Ben Hardwicke
Music By:Theodosia Roussos
Editor:Todd Sandler


Join Cinequest, film lovers, and visiting artists, for an Opening Night of excitement and empowerment, as the California Theatre comes alive with the red carpet, powerful storytelling, and a captivating post-screening conversation with the stars and filmmaker of “Fresh Kills.”


Starring Emily Bader (“Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin”) Odessa A’zion (“Hellraiser “Grand Army”) Jennifer Esposito (“Crash” Blue Bloods,” “The Affair,”) Domenick Lombardozzi (“The Irishman” The Wire”), Annabella Sciorra (“The Sopranos,” “Truth Be Told”), and Nicholas Cirillo (“Outer Banks,” “She-Hulk”), Esposito’s filmmaking debut boldly shines a light on the never before seen women of the beloved mob movie genre.


Late 1980’s - Meet the Larusso family: Joe, the loving father and up and coming mafia kingpin; Francine, the lovingly flawed wife and mother; Connie, the son Joe never had; and Rose, the inquisitive, withdrawn young girl.

New to Staten Island by way of Brooklyn and looking to make a better life, Rose, the youngest daughter, reluctantly discovers who her father is, her place within the family, and the world around her. Her eventual desire to break free from the life set before her not only threatens her existence but makes enemies out of her closest allies: her mother and sister.


Like every mob movie you’ve NEVER seen before, this is the story of the women of this life. The fear and intensity that dictates who they are and who they become. It’s a search for freedom within a world they may never leave.


“’Fresh Kills’ is less about the mafia world and more about the journey of the women in it. It explores the issues of wanting more than you were allotted in life. A theme almost everyone can relate to. It looks at unspoken rules in our society and then seeing if we have the courage to break them for ourselves and for the generation to follow.” -director/writer Jennifer Esposito

Additional Information


Join esteemed cast and crew for the West Coast Premiere screening followed by a celebration with artists, audience, drinks, food, and music. Cinequest Opening Party (w/ valid ticket or pass) occurs three blocks from the screening venue.

Opening Night Party requires either an Opening Night Screening + Party Ticket OR an All Access Pass. Film Lover Pass holders can watch the film but not attend the party.