Shark City

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Shark City
Poster of the movie Shark City.jpg
Directed by Dan Eisen
Produced by Justin L. Levine, Howard Kerbal, Steve Muzzo
Written by Evan Shear
Starring Jefferson Brown
David J. Phillips
Carlo Rota
Corey Haim
Vivica A. Fox
Jordan Madley
Samantha Gutstadt
Tony Nappo
Skye Collyer
Michael Gelbart
Adam Rodness
Sean Tweedley
Dylan Ramsey
Release date
  • September 10, 2009 (2009-09-10) (Temecula Valley International Film Festival)
Country United States
Language English

Shark City is a comedy written by Evan Shear starring Jefferson Brown, David J. Phillips, Carlo Rota, Corey Haim, Vivica A. Fox, Jordan Madley, Samantha Gutstadt, and Tony Nappo; with Skye Collyer, Adam Rodness, Sean Tweedley, Michael Gelbart, and Dylan Ramsey.


At the infamous club Shark City, successful roommates – real estate agent Dagen (David J. Phillips) and stock broker Kenny (Jefferson Brown), are the popular guys who get all the girls.

One night Dagen meets Samantha (Jordan Madley) who he begins to pursue, but as she rejects him time and time again, he begins to actually fall in love with her though she is the daughter of the very dangerous and powerful mob boss Ventura Ritt (Carlo Rota).

As luck would have it, despite the declining housing market as reported by trusted news anchor Veronica Wolf (Vivica Fox), Dagen is able to sell a million dollar home to none other than Ventura Ritt, who is purchasing it for his daughter, whom Dagen admires.

Meanwhile, after losing his job as a day-trader, his best friend Kenny, an amazing poker player, is in need of a new opportunity to make some cash. The two friends scheme a way to get Ventura Ritt to play in a poker game to earn their trust.

Their plans succeed, and making some risky bets with help of his old secretary, Jen (Sam Gutstadt), Kenny starts to make Ventura a lot of money – so Ventura then trusts him with a million dollars. Big mistake. Kennyʼs luck changes, and in an attempt to make Ventura even more money, he loses every penny.

After much work Dagen convinces Samantha that he is not the club scumbag she thinks he is, and they begin successfully dating until a girl from Dagenʼs past shows up unexpectedly and kisses him as Samantha sees, confirming her past fears about him.

The remainder of the movie involves Dagen and Kenny trying to secure the money for the mob boss and for Dagen to regain Samantha's trust, and for the boys to discover each other's friendship again.


The language of the film is English.

It was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The world premiere of the film took place on March 28, 2009 in Los Angeles. In Canada, the film was screened during the Toronto Film Festival (was not part of the TIFF) on Friday, September 11, 2009.

This film has screenings during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival (was not part of the TIFF), Chicago International Film Festival (was not part of the CIFF), and the Temecula Valley International Film Festival (was not part of TVIFF).

The film makes repeated references to Texas Hold 'Em poker.


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