Three cinephiles sit around the table to talk about their favorite films. The conversation quickly escalates to, "I have a script for a feature film and I want you to read it". A vivid description of the film brings smiles across everyone's faces. CUT TO: "Three months later" - writer/director Usher Morgan partners up with cinematographer Louis Obioha to make their first feature film entitled Pickings. Principle photography is scheduled for January, 2016 and will be released to limited theaters in late 2016.
Watch the trailer here:
About the film:
Jo Lee-Haywood (Elyse Price), a single mother of three with a mysterious past, owns and operates a neighborhood bar with her daughter Scarlet (Catie Carlton) in the booming town of Port City, Michigan where a deadly encounter with the local mafia racket results in the murder of her youngest son. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, Jo puts her life on the line to protect her children, protect her property and stand up to the biggest mobster in town. With your support, this action-packed revenge thriller will be released to select theaters in 2016.
The film has more than an important message; it has twists and turns, references and homages, plenty of humor and a cathartic climax. It has all the elements of a mob film, mixed together with the spiritual elements of a classic revenge film. It's something new, something original, and something that has never been done before.
Pickings has been in production since May of 2015, the filmmakers shot the trailer in July and are now preparing for principle photography. The entire film will be shot under a $400,000 budget.
The need for a strong female hero:
"Unfortunately, Hollywood generally refrains from making films about strong heroines and powerful female leads - the ones that are made by the Hollywood system will generally be over-sexualized; the filmmakers will have them prance around in an uncomfortable and impractical outfits for the sole purpose of 'looking hot' - story and character development are secondaries." says writer/director Usher Morgan.
What makes this film so different is its heroine. She's not a 'typical' female warrior, she's mysterious, quiet, powerful... she's the definition of a strong Southern woman. She's being tormented by a past that she's trying to forget and forced to come face to face with her own demons and conquer them to survive.
This film is more than just a "bully gets his ass kicked" movie, or a typical "lioness protecting her cubs" kind of film - it is about the importance of confronting your past, embracing your pain and coming to terms with who you really are. It has mystery, action, humor and an original storyline and we are proud to be sharing it with you and look forward to watching it on the big screen.
For casting opportunities, production updates, behind the scenes materials and other information, visit the film's website: www.PickingsFilm.com.