THE BELTLANDS (in development)
In order to pave the way for her vision -- a suburban development complete with McMansions, golf courses and shopping malls -- Charlotte Mammons, a real estate developer in a small but growing early 1980s American town, hires the Dragons motorcycle gang to intimidate the working class residents into selling their land.
Compelled to keep her ranch in her late husband’s memory and for their 8-year-old son, Marcus, Mary Stevens refuses to leave. One night the gang goes too far and accidentally kills Mary. Unbeknownst to the gang, young Marcus narrowly escapes to Diane Waters, his godmother and Mary’s best friend.
Fearful of the powerful Mammons, the corrupt sheriff, and the Dragons, Diane reaches out to Mary’s estranged brother Louis, a motorcycle rider living in the Southside of Chicago. After Louis learns of Mary’s death, he recruits Connor Malloy, his friend from Vietnam, and Connor’s Uncle Rory, a broken down old biker, and together the three bikeriders set out to avenge Mary’s death.
With Marcus in hiding, the three bikeriders and Diane search for answers. They uncover that Mary’s land sits directly in the way of Mammons vast development, and that Mammons only has a small window of time to close the deal.
After Mary’s Attorney, Alan Mays, reveals that Mary was holding onto the vast property to pass down to Marcus and leave him with a small fortune. Louis suggests they rebuild and Diane take over the ranch until Marcus is eighteen, effectively stopping Mammons’ deal.
As they begin rebuilding, Louis spends time with Diane and Marcus, learning more about what he’s missed in Mary’s life and growing closer to his nephew.
As Charlotte Mammons and the Dragons close in on Marcus’ whereabouts, Louis, Diane, Connor and Rory, must defend the ranch and Marcus at all costs.
WORLD PREMIER - Bentonville Film Festival | Arkansas, USA
June 25, 2022
A woman struggling to get pregnant becomes embroiled in the criminal underworld with her potential egg donor.
JESSICA NIEVES-SANDERS is a lot of things – a New York City high school drama teacher, a loving wife to her nerdy husband GORDON, and two weeks shy of turning forty. She’s also broke, tired and hormonal as hell. With her body chock-full of expensive fertility drugs, like many women her age, Jessica struggles to get pregnant.
Fate, however, has a funny way of intervening, and after stepping in to defend a stranger from a group of thugs on the street, Jessica meets BRIDGET GARCIA, a young savvy con artist on a mission to find a new pawn. To pay-it-forward, Bridget offers a “life-for-a-life” exchange , her eggs at a "discounted rate".
Jessica, eager to bond with a donor rather than selecting one off a piece of paper, strikes the deal, but quickly realizes she's been played for a fool when skeletons from Bridget’s past show up, kidnapping the duo. Jessica finds herself plunged into a dangerous and exhilarating adventure that leaves everyone questioning their own motives.
NEW YORK PREMIER - Urbanworld Film Festival | New York, USA
October 28, 2022