Favorite

Scorsese Endorses NYU Grads' Film, "Jackson Ward" 

click to enlarge street24_filma100.jpg

Depressed Indy Rocker Over-Caffeinates!

Misunderstood Youth Leaves Suburbs, Finds Soul in Brooklyn!

Godardian Examination of Paintball Subculture!

Student films can get a bad rap, but Henrico County native and New York University graduate Matthew Petock has something that just might set his team apart.

His senior project, a 15- to 20-minute short film called "Jackson Ward," comes armed with a letter of support and a cash donation from none other than Hollywood producer Martin Scorsese.

Petock worked on "The Departed," which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director last year.

The group of recent college grads descended on Richmond last week for six days of shooting. Scenes for "Jackson Ward" were shot in that neighborhood as well as Fulton Hill, Church Hill and Pony Pasture Rapids on the James River.

Alexandra Fredericks, Petock's assistant producer, says Richmond-based hard-core band Strike Anywhere inspired the script. Petock, who graduated from John Randolph Tucker High School in 2003, absorbed the band's lyrical assault on police brutality. He spun a story about a white cop trying to do the right thing in a small Southern city, a task that becomes more difficult when he solicits a prostitute and befriends her younger, drug-dealing brother.

"It's a struggle between good and bad," Fredericks says, "and both characters have both."

The cast includes actors who have appeared in episodes of "Law and Order" and "The Wire." One cast member, Marc John Jefferies, appeared as the younger version of the character played by rap star 50 Cent in "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."

The filmmakers are back in Brooklyn for postproduction and editing, and hope to have the film ready for the Sundance Film Festival in September. S

  • Click here for more News and Features
  • Favorite

    Comments

    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

  • Re: Kim Gray Wants to Hit the Pause Button on the Monument Avenue Commission

    • Mamie Taylor sought to bring "the light" to RPS in exchange for another term on…

    • on August 18, 2017
  • Re: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe: "Take Down These Monuments."

    • Jerel C. Willmore, Although I disagree with removing statues, your reply is well thought out,…

    • on August 18, 2017
  • Re: Kim Gray Wants to Hit the Pause Button on the Monument Avenue Commission

    • Hi Mamie. Bitter much?

    • on August 18, 2017
  • More »
  • Latest in Street Talk (Old)

    Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation