SYNOPSIS: A man desperately searches the bleak, desolate streets of Atlantic City for his missing loved one, lost to the cruel grip of the opioid epidemic. He leads with his own humanity as he fights to keep alive an impossible hope.
MICHAEL RAYMOND-JAMES (CO-WRITER / DIRECTOR), is an award winning actor, and filmmaker and lifetime member of The Actors Studio. Originally from Michigan, Michael began his career on the New York stage after studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, but then relocated to Los Angeles at the urging of a Hollywood casting director who once saw him perform. Since then, Michael has worked consistently in both TV and Film, while also returning to the theatre as often as he can. Michael has worked with some of Hollywood’s elite in both film and television, select credits on the TV side include: Alan Ball’s TRUE BLOOD (series regular) for HBO; NBC’s GAME OF SILENCE (series regular) by creator David Hudgins (for which The New York Times touted his performance as “Scary Good”); and the critically acclaimed TERRIERS (series lead) on FX created by Ted Griffin opposite Donal Logue. He also worked on the popular fantasy adventure drama ONCE UPON A TIME (series regular) for ABC; as well as a leading role as Paul Revere in The History Channel miniseries SONS OF LIBERTY. Michael has also recurred on numerous series such as Showtime’s BILLIONS; FOX’s PRODIGAL SON; and the Netflix series FRONTIER.
He can currently be seen opposite Jason Momoa in season three of the Apple TV series SEE, and the upcoming third season of GODFATHER OF HARLEM as Joe Colombo opposite Forest Whitaker for MGM+. Select film credits include: Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck directed by Craig Gillespie; Chris McQuarrie’s JACK REACHER for Paramount Pictures starring Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall; Craig Brewer’s BLACK SNAKE MOAN alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake; and the Netflix film SWEET GIRL also opposite Momoa. Michael resides on the East Coast with his wife and children.
GABRIEL FURMAN (CO-WRITER), born and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, is an award winning actor, writer, and filmmaker and, lifetime member of The Actor's Studio. His passion started off as a professional B-Boy aka “breakdancer” and DJ in the underground NYC dance scene which took him to the New York stage, starting off his career while studying with Susan Batson at Black Nexxus and performing Improv at UCB and The Pit.
In 2015, he wrote, produced and starred opposite Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in the award winning short, MOTHER'S DAY. The film catapulted Gabriel’s acting career to include And Just Like That, Law & Order SVU, Orange Is The New Black, CBS’s Blue Bloods, and Netflix’s Daredevil. For his true love, theatre, he starred as Judas in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the famed La Mama, and Pinky in “Our Lady of 121st” at his artistic home, The Actors Studio. Both were directed by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons. In 2018 Gabriel wrote, produced and starred in the short film WONDER, about a young boy who dreams of being Wonder Woman for Halloween.
The film went on to win 21 awards, including Urbanworld’s Audience Award for “Best Short Film” and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival’s Jury Award for “Best Short Film”, which qualified WONDER for Academy Award consideration and having it licensed by HBO and all of HBO’s streaming platforms. WONDER is currently being developed into a series with Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco (CRASH / MILLION DOLLAR BABY), Executive Producing. In the fall of 2019, Gabriel co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play, “Brother’s Keeper” at The Actors Studio. He’s developing a feature film based on the play with Ellen Burstyn attached. Gabriel is also currently developing a ten-part mini series with Michael Raymond James entitled, So Close to Home, based on the book and true story of a family who is separated in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II and find their way back to each other. Gabriel lives in New York City with his girlfriend and their puppy.
JASON ROMAN (CINEMATOGRAPHER), a native New Yorker, a portrait and street photographer is riveted by the ordinary moment, where most pedestrians would walk by, he stops, he stares, then clicks in his unassuming way and creates images of beauty. He is not afraid to get close to his subject, not afraid of strolling the streets with a camera but lives for it. Jason is zealous in his quest to improve, to grow and transfer what he sees into an intelligent and provoking image. He respects his subjects, is unassuming when shooting, understands the intricacies of light, the grace and beauty in a simple gesture and the heart of what is before him. Jason is not just about style, composition and technique but strives to be much more.
He currently works closely with the Leica Camera brand as an ambassador and cinematographer. He can also be found on the road documenting Jason Momoa’s passion projects and creating an archive of his adventures on and off set.
CAST & CREW
DIRECTED BY Michael Raymond-James
WRITTEN BY Gabriel Furman
PRODUCED BY Michael Raymond-James
PRODUCED BY Gabriel Furman
PRODUCED BY Ben Samuels
PRODUCED BY Oliver Samuels
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jason Momoa
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Brian Mendoz
CO-PRODUCER Leo Jacob
CO-PRODUCER Jason Roman
JACKSON Tye Alexander
ALICE Naiya Ortiz
DETECTIVE BISCEGLIE Joseph Russo
BEN JACOBS Dave Shalansky
DETECTIVE MARCO Gabriel Furman
JESUS Javier Molina
CINEMATOGRAPHY Jason Roman
EDITOR Chelsea Taylor
FIRST AC Melanie St. Clair
GAFFER Jason Penza
STILL PHOTOGRAPHER Leo Jacob
PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER Nick Rumaczyk
PRODUCTION DESIGN BY Dani Marco
FIRST AD Ben Samuels
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Romeo Weis
ORIGIONAL SCORE BY Michael D. Simon
COLOR CORRECTION Carbon
SOUND DESIGN AND MIX BY Tom Stewart
ADR ASSITANT Julian Gonzalez
ADR ASSITANT Amy Homolakoff
VISUAL EFFECTS Peter Jedruski
BEN SAMUELS (PRODUCER), is a film and theatre maker with an emphasis on big, inclusive stories with heart. He wrote, directed, and co-starred in the ultrareal psychological thriller HIDE (https://www.bensamuels.com/hide), touring America this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and co-directed the dramatic short TYPE 1 with Anthony Rapp.
His screenplays have won the Austin Film Festival and Launchpad Screenwriting Competitions and advanced to the Top 50 of Nicholl. He recently directed three music videos raising awareness about mental health, cyberbullying, and trans identity. Ben attended Tufts University and the British American Drama Academy, is a dual citizen with Canada and lives in Brooklyn.
OLIVER SAMUELS (PRODUCER), Oliver Samuels is a history and English major who attended The University of Vermont. He is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and now lives in the Lehigh Valley, enjoying all that the region has to offer. His career in the business has spanned over a decade and has included numerous award winning feature films, shorts, and scripts. Having spent time as a director, assistant director, and producer, as well as numerous roles in front of the camera, he now focuses more on writing, and the supporting of projects with a story to tell.
LEO JACOB (CO-PRODUCER), is a New York City based photographer known for his published book “New York is Dead? Long Live New York!”. When not working on his next book, Leo has been known to photograph the occasional celebrity portraits of actors from both the silver screen and television. As a Leica supported photographer, Leo uses his M10R, SL2, Q2 & M7 (film). When not photographing, Leo will spend as much time as possible riding his motorcycle or working on something creative.
Leo lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.