Behind the Wheel

Jamal, a teenage driver ready to celebrate his newfound independence, wants to take his girlfriend out on a date, but not before his father runs him through the routine one more time: What happens if you’re pulled over by the police? Like his father, he’s prepared for when it happens, or at least he thinks so. Blue lights put Jamal’s training to the test sooner rather than later.

  • Brent Ogburn
    Director
  • Brent Ogburn
    Writer
  • Brent Ogburn
    Producer
  • Javan Brown
    Key Cast
    "Jamal"
  • Devin McKnight
    Key Cast
    "Maurice"
  • Harold Stewart
    Key Cast
    "Raymond"
  • Jane Sword
    Key Cast
    "Bailey"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 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
  • Bull City FIlm Festival
    Durham, NC
    United States
    March 4, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Malibu Film Festival
    Malibu, CA
    United States
    March 20, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Global Shorts Film Festival

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Brent Ogburn

A graduate of Georgia State University, Brent Ogburn spent several years on sets working as a Production Assistant. Currently working towards his masters in Screenwriting, Brent believes in the power of stories and their ability to move people towards positive change.

Brent currently resides in Roswell, Georgia and teaches film classes at Norcross High School.

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Director Statement

The genesis of Behind The Wheel started in the car with my two young sons. They were asking me questions and I thought, "This is an interesting way to tell a story about life and lessons learned and taught." I thought about conversations I had with my father when I was learning to drive and how these conversations would be different if I was a black male. I teach and coach young black males and these young men inspired me to create a story that they could relate to and learn something from.

This short features untrained, first time actors. All cast and crew are from Norcross, GA.