2019, Edward J. Wilson, USA, 70 min.
With Kristin E. Ellis, Simeon Henderson
- Fri, Aug 16th 8:30pm
- Tue, Aug 20th 8:30pm
Set on Chicago’s South Side and featuring a superb cast of local actors, this tense urban drama has the flavor of lawless streets in a story of lost innocence. Young Nola (Ellis) chafes under the obligation to care for her younger siblings while her single mom parties night after night. Rebellion soon puts her in the arms and bed of suave older drug-dealer Jay (Henderson, in one of the best performances of his career), a man who appears to be the strong caring protector she longs for. Burning bridges heedlessly, Nola becomes Jay’s live-in girl, but she discovers that he has eyes for another woman. Caught in an abusive life of complicity in the drug trade and all its attendant violence, Nola becomes Jay’s unwilling bargaining chip with his overlords when a deal goes wrong. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Edward J. Wilson and selected cast and crew members are scheduled to be present for audience discussion at both screenings.