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Needing cash to get his horn out of hock, a young musician gets caught up in a drug heist.

  • Scott Ashby
    The Chi, The Unicorn, Black Jesus, Hot in Cleveland, Soul Man (all as film editor)
  • Melisa Wallack
    Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror Mirror, Meet Bill
  • Ryan Westheimer
    Killer Joe, Good Kill
  • Sola Bamis
    Key Cast
    Mad Men, True Detective
  • Angela Gibbs
    Key Cast
    Straight Outta Compton, American Crime Story Vercase, Shameless, Insecure
  • Antwone Barnes
    Key Cast
    Teacher of the Year
  • Cory Roberts
    Key Cast
    "The Bird"
    Fighting Olympus
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    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Scott Ashby

Scott Ashby has been making his mark as a editor in the television industry for over a decade through his distinct creative vision. He has edited some of TV’s hottest series and has worked for some of the most renowned showrunners in the business including Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe and Suzanne Martin. Most recently, Scott lended his creative vision as editor of Showtime’s top drama, THE CHI and CBS’s hit comedy THE UNICORN. Previously, Scott was editor on HOT IN CLEVELAND, SOUL MAN, BLACK JESUS, and GRAVES just to name a few. Scott is a proud graduate of University of Southern California, attending it’s prestigious School of Music as a jazz piano performance major. He is a native of Los Angeles where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.

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Director Statement

With this film, I wanted to tell a dramatic comedy thru the eyes of black musician and his family living in Los Angeles.
One question Raymond explores is, "do I really deserve to get out of the ghetto?" The goal was a perfect balance of comedy and drama. We worked on tone all the way thru the edit process. The key was playing the comedy seriously, with earnestness.
The thing with this movie is, it's real. A vulnerable hero weaving his way thru hyper real characters disembodied by inequality and racism . This is a very specific world, a community that does exist. And it's tragic, with notes of comedy all along the way.
The stakes are heavy. If Raymond doesn't get out of the hood, he will die. There's no fooling around. His emotions are real and you want to be able to feel as much of that pain as you can in a real way.