Sure Fire (1995): Jon Jost’s Portrait of Wheeler-Dealer in Utah Real Estate.

At the center of Jon Jost’s Sure Fire is a portrait of a uniquely American character–the aggressive, authoritarian salesman.

The feature presents an unsparing look at an archetypal patriarch, a wheeler-dealer in Utah real estate.

Sure Fire evokes the dark underside of American life with the emotional resonance of a Eugene O’Neill play.

Jost’s minimalist technique creates a rich sense of place.

Shot entirely on location, with residents and only a few professionals, the film boasts an almost documentary authenticity.