Actor Paul Sorvino might finally be over his trouble with “The Trouble with Cali.”

Armed with $500,000 in taxpayer funding, the first-time director and “Goodfellas” star shot the independent film in Pennsylvania six years ago. But the project ran short of cash, and politicians demanded to know what he did with their investment. Sorvino, in turn, was stunned and hurt that anyone would question his integrity.

Sorvino is hoping all that’s in the past now that his passion project is about to get its first screening on Tuesday, at Arizona’s Sedona Film Festival.

The 72-year-old said he’s proud of the black comedy about an aspiring dancer and her dysfunctional parents. His Oscar-winning daughter, Mira, has a small role as the title character’s ballet instructor; another daughter, Amanda, wrote the script and most of the score; son Michael produced the movie and appears on screen. Sorvino himself plays Cali’s father.

“It’s the little film that could,” Sorvino said.

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