In L.A., Derik discovers the open city lifestyle along with its dark underside. When a hustler seduces Derik, he gets fleeced. But when the pimp blows their cover, Derik desperately searches for his wallet, finds it, and escapes their web. He jumps onto a subway, and discovers that the hustler spared him his cash: he remembers the passionate kiss. Derik returns home with a clearer understanding of his own feelings and the self-confidence of a stronger individual. Written by
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This was an original short film project at USC, which required student partners to creatively collaborate in making a non-dialogue short film at exactly 5:30 or under. In order to preserve the spontaneity of the moment essential to this story, the two leads were kept from meeting or rehearsing together until the camera was rolling. See more