This short film follows Melvin Rivers, an ex-con freshly released from prison, as he struggles to find a place to live, get a regular job, call in favors from friends, and in general, try ... See full summary »
This short film follows Melvin Rivers, an ex-con freshly released from prison, as he struggles to find a place to live, get a regular job, call in favors from friends, and in general, try to avoid slipping back into the criminal behavior that put him in jail. Written by
The film was dedicated to David Rothenberg. Formerly a Broadway press agent, Rothenberg spent his own money to stage the controversial play 'Fortune and Men's Eyes', about prison abuse, and the influx of feedback and testimony from former prisoners moved by the play and film led to the founding of The Fortune Society, an organization devoted to helping former prisoners reintegrate into society. This film was inspired by the organization's mission. See more »
All the actors who possessed real-life criminal records are identified in the credits by both their name and their prison I.D. number. See more »
This short film is included on the DVD for the documentary film "Derby," about roller derby. (1971). The lead character is released from prison, and tries to find steady work. This proves to be a difficult task. This film was shot in black and white, with no script, totally add libbed. Shot in a cinema vertie style, it keeps the viewers attention. There is a bar scene that features Charles McGregor, who would later appear in "Superfly," and "Blazing Saddles" Most of the cast had criminal records, and their prison numbers are shown in the closing credits. This is definitely worth a look. I give this film three stars.
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