Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired global rights to indie thriller SHEPARD, which stars Greg Proops (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), Will Beinbrink (It: Chapter Two), Kurt Krause (“American Crime”), Kareem Grimes (“All American”), Paulina Alvarez (“Party of Five”) and Ashley Nicole Williams (“Motherland: Fort Salem”). Directed by Jourdan McClure and written by Philip Landa, producing partners in Dull Boy Films, Shepard will be available on both cable and internet demand platforms on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
At the behest of his social worker (Proops), bullied 17-year-old Ray (Krause) moves in with his Aunt (Thea Gill, “Queer as Folk”) and cousin Kim (Alvarez) for his latest shot at a normal life. But for Ray, every new home placement is the same; getting tormented for being the weird, new kid. The one bright spot in this new town is his biology teacher, Mr. Dwyer (Grimes), who encourages Ray to look to the future. Unfortunately, Kim’s boyfriend Eric (Reed Michael Campbell) views Ray as an ever-increasing rival for Kim’s attention and frames him for stealing booze from a liquor store. Just as Ray is about to be beaten by a baseball bat-wielding store clerk (Galen Howard, “Brooklyn 99”), a stranger cold-cocks the clerk. Ray is thunderstruck. This stranger is just the kind of guy Ray wishes he could be; a man of action with no regrets. And this dangerous, mysterious man, Shepard (Beinbrink), sees something in Ray. He sympathizes with the struggles and pain Ray has experienced. An odd friendship forms, but Shepard is leading Ray down a violent path of vengeance from which there can be no return.
“At its core, Shepard is a cautionary tale about being so desperate for help that you place your trust in the wrong person and then a bad situation turns disastrous in a flash,” said Landa.
“Shepard was an opportunity to play in a different space which was both creatively rewarding and fun,” McClure added.
“Shepard is the type of film you don’t see coming. Jourdan and Philip did an exceptional job at creating something fresh and full of energy that audiences are really going to enjoy,” said Brett Rogalsky, Acquisitions Coordinator at Gravitas Ventures.
Director Jourdan McClure (Children of Sorrow) and Writer Philip Landa (Outrighteous) are represented by Zero Gravity Management. John Paladino is the Executive Producer. Brett Rogalsky from Gravitas Ventures negotiated the deal with Tiffany Boyle at Ramo Law on behalf of the filmmaking team.
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