Part-Time Killer

Stuck in a dead end job at a call center, Melody can barely pay her bills, much less cover the cost of her transition. Desperate for cash, she downloads instaKILL, an app that crowdsources assassins, and begins her bloody road to fortune. But when one of her targets turns out to be an important member of a criminal corporation, she unwittingly sets off a chain-reaction of vengeance-fueled carnage.

  • BJ Turner III
    Director
  • BJ Turner III
    Writer
  • Cassiopeia
    Writer
  • Samuel Sexton Huntley
    Writer
  • Diana Sexton
    Writer
  • Samuel Sexton Huntley
    Producer
  • Cassiopeia
    Key Cast
    "Melody Rose"
  • Diana Sexton
    Key Cast
    "Mariah Bloodfeather"
  • Dallas Gossett
    Key Cast
    "Darius King"
  • Samuel Sexton Huntley
    Key Cast
    "Various"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Action, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Austin Action Fest
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    September 24, 2022
    World Premiere
    Nominated - Best Feature
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival
    Corpus Christi, TX
    United States
    December 2, 2022
    Theatrical Premiere
    Winner - Spirit of STUFF, Nominated - Best Feature
  • Bare Bones International Film Festival
    Muskogee, OK
    United States
    April 21, 2023
    Best Comedy / Indie Auteur of the Year (BJ Turner III)
Director Biography - BJ Turner III

Born in the 80's in rural Arkansas into a white/hispanic mixed family, BJ spent his childhood in front of the TV nurturing a love for bombastic genre movies. But it wasn't until watching Antonio Banderas in Desperado, seeing the blend of Mexican culture and Hong Kong action, that he knew what he wanted to do: make the kind of films he wanted to see while filling them with the kind of representation he always wished was there.

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Director Statement

Made in under three months for less than $2000, Part-Time Killer is a blistering achievement of DIY filmmaking. Violently stylish and gleefully amoral, it seeks to center a trans heroine and her struggles in the middle of genre fare; her desperation to find the money to continue her transition becomes the driving factor behind her eventual transformation into a professional assassin.

Based on director BJ Turner III and star Cassiopeia's experience working in call centers, Part-Time Killer lampoons modern American capitalism, work/grind culture, and the gig-economy through its relentless satiric comedy.

Packed with dark humor, slow-motion gunfights, and killer mimes, Standard Definition Films’ debut feature has something for everyone!