Director Whirity goes for “Broke” like a pro as he promotes his debut comedy feature and premiere

You have to admire Bill Whirity’s moxie. A college sophomore at the time, he produced a feature length comedy on a minescule budget, rented a neighborhood theatre for a June 15 premiere, and is shamelessly beating the drum like the best of Hollywood flacks to promote it.

(His friends bombarded ReelChicago to write a story. See what we mean?)

In 2003, Whirity, 23, was a 20-year old Columbia College film student when he wrote and directed “Broke,” a road-trip comedy aimed at teen boys, inspired by the popular genre of the ’80s.

He and his crew of fellow students produced it outside of the school curricular as Columbia only gives credit for short films, not features.