The Money or The jag


TYPE
: Transmedia Narrative
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

In The Money or The Jag a correction officer and prison inmate battle for dominance and autonomy inside a prison controlled by the inmates.

SYNOPSIS

Correction Officer Dom provides inside protection for inmate TJ to sell drugs for him in a scheme to pay-off his debt with a crime syndicate. When the syndicate gives Dom an ultimatum and threatens TJ with violence they are forced to abandon their alliance in order to survive.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Artistic Statement The working title of the show is “The Money or The Jag.” Obviously, it doesn’t take place in the jungles of Africa or at a new car dealership, however, if you read on, the title will make sense. We assume, and rightly so, what life inside a prison must be like, the bad guys aka; rapists, murderers, and drug dealers, are locked down and the good guys; correction officers, wardens, prison administrators, hold the keys. However, when it comes down to it both, good and bad guys, are on lock-down inside a prison, and nowadays a lot of the good guys are behaving badly, and some of the bad guys have a lot of good in them. In this gritty Battle of Good vs. Evil, a naive correction officer, finds himself, working in a prison where the inmates seem to be in charge. I want to take the idea behind “The Green Mile…” minus the psychic-powers. The hero, in, The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan’s character, John Coffey is executed, but while serving out his sentence he is surrounded by good and bad men, on both sides of the gates. These inmates and guards, choose to, either, follow God’s law, Man’s law or their own unwritten codes of conduct. I’m writing this show to uncover the many unwritten rules guiding interactions between inmates and staff in prison. These “unwritten rules of prison” disproportionately affect communities of color, inside prison walls, and then, extend into the general population, if and when inmates are released back into their respective communities. The series revolves around Dom, a correction officer headed toward financial and moral bankruptcy, and TJ an inmate who lives with the constant threat of subjugation and physical violence. In every episode both Dom and TJ must choose which law to follow gods, mans, the inmate’s or their own. All while they are drawn into dangerous alliances, struggling for some control of their lives inside the correctional center. The tone of the show is a psychological, crime chiller-Criller. It’s Marty Byrde, from Ozark, locked-down inside Oz. It’s the Peaky Blinders running Arkham Asylum. Possible Taglines: “We are convicts, Resistance is futile “Prison guard ISO, escape plan” “Desire cloaked in shame and pride longs for friendship.” In an article published in “Life Inside,” Lyle May, wrote, ‘The written policy against romantic or other fraternization between us and the guards is understandable. But human beings just insist on being social creatures and no matter how much you indoctrinate or denigrate them, they remain as much. Officers are not emotionless robots any more than death-row prisoners are reducible to the crimes for which we have been convicted and sentenced.” Lyle May, 40, is incarcerated on death row at Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., where he is awaiting execution for two counts of first-degree murder. He was convicted of killing a mother and her 4-year-old child.

KEY CREW

G. Anthony Williams - Writer / Director
Biography for G. Anthony Williams G. Anthony is the host and executive producer of the arts and entertainment program, ‘Community with G. Anthony’ which airs for 7 years on Brooklyn Public Network. G. Anthony studied acting in New York City with; The Scott Acting Conservatory, H. B. Studios, Barrow Group, and Negro Ensemble Company. G. Anthony is an Associate Producer of Williamsburg International Film Festival “2016-2018” G. Anthony is a graduate of City University of New York-Hunter College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. G. Anthony lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.ganthonywilliams.com SOCIAL MEDIA YOUTUBE G. Anthony Williams FACEBOOK G Anthony Williams LinkedIn G.Anthony @ Linkedin.com Instagram g.anthonywilliams YouTube G. Anthony Willims

Christopher Leo Daniels - cinematographer
Christopher Leo Daniels: Cinematographer 2016 Disregard (Short) (completed) 2018 Imitate the Sun (Short) 2013 Raltat (director of photography) 2009 The Touch (Short) (director of cinematography) 2005 Maybe (Short) 2001 Barnone (Short) 1999 Possum 1999 The Romantic Comedy with an Edge (Short) 1998 The Orchard 1997 Around the Time (Short) 1992 Victor (Short)

Alaric Campbell - Camera
Alaric studied at the School of Visual Arts where he specialized in fine art and commercial photography. Alaric is best known for his portrait photography. Recently he has begun making images using his mobile. The primary subjects of this body of work are defaced subway posters, poetic vandalism, and the NYC Subway and NYC Street stories. Alaric has curated numerous art exhibits in New York and Miami, including Urban Renaissance, a charity auction event honoring Danny Simmons and RUSH philanthropic and The Fearless Artist Popup Gallery during Miami Art Basel. He is also the principal curator for ArteRoTica, a monthly event that features the erotic art of established and emerging artists across the country.

Alex Moore - Gaffer
Alex Moore is a New York City based lighting designer, Alex designs lighting for theatre, dance, music, concerts, galleries, festivals, film/video, fashion and Special events. He has designed lighting for George Faison, Americas Next Top Model, Francis Ha, Town Hall, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc., Miguel Adrover, Paco Pena, La MaMa, The Sounds of Blackness , Lee Strasberg Theatre and the Film Institute . Recent projects include Whitney Houston: The Last Interview directed by George Faison, So Amazing the Musical and various other workshop productions. In addition to his work in entertainment and live productions, he provides assistance with videography lighting sound and scenic design to a variety of theaters, venues and commercial clients.

Eland Ward - Art Direction
Eland Ward, Art Direction was born in San Francisco to a Cuban mother and an American father and raised primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received a BFA from the California College of the Art and is currently taking a break from a graduate program for Science & Technology Studies at CUNY, in New York.

Stephanie L. Jones - development Producer
Stephanie L. Jones Producer, Development Producer and Writer, has received the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Playwriting Fellowship. She wrote text and lyrics for the musical "Lil Budda", (Composer, Janice Lowe) selected for residency and development at the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. "Lil Budda" was a festival selection for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, and presented for the Culture of Peace Festival at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. She has a B.A. from Howard University and an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Music Theatre Writing. Co-Creator at The Jones Twins, Creator/Writer at Double It Media, LLC and

Antonio Thompson - Social Media Manager
Antonio Thompson, Social Media Manager, Antonio is an internet entrepreneur and traffic expert, committed to helping businesses get more leads, sales, customers, and clients. He holds a Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts in Music Performance and Performing Arts Administration from New York University, and a Masters of Science in Fundraising Management from Columbia University.

Adrienne Unae - Strategic Fund Development
Adrienne Unae: As a Performance Improvement Specialist, her strengths extend to; strategic planning, SWOT/SOAR analysis, content development, capital raise, action research, strategic implementation, and ROI analysis. She served as the business development and human capital development officer for a successful startup and helped grow the company from three to 27 staff and assisted in significant capital raises. With a BA in Dance her first career was that of a film, television, dance, and musical theater performing artist who created a 501©3 girls-based arts organization and dance ministry. Adrienne is a member of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA).

 

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