Jerry Powell is based off a character Joey Halter would slip into on a daily basis. While living at a commune with Halter, writer/director Michael Cuenca would engage Halter into participating in conversations as Jerry Powell. Much of it Cuenca would work into the screenplay he wrote for Halter to star in.
During the shooting of the "street dog" scene actors Brittany Samson and Joey Halter had a gun pulled out on them by a hood thinking the actors were yelling insults at him. The crew were filming incognito and the hood had no idea there was a production taking place. The incident lead to one of the crew members quitting.