‘Straight Outta Tompkins’ Films Around the Neighborhood

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 at 11:22 am by

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For the last three weeks, an indie flick called Straight Outta Tompkins has been filming around the East Village and Lower East Side. A reader sends in the above on-location shot of production near Tompkins Square Park.

Written by NYU grad Zephyr Benson, the film takes a hard look at the current neighborhood drug scene.

Inspired by true events, “Straight Outta Tompkins” is a shocking, brutally honest view of today’s Lower East Side, New York City drug trade.

We witness a powerful drug ring many don’t dream exist: a consortium controlled by upper class, white, privileged young adults. Seen through the eyes of Gene, a charming 18 year-old, a ‘pitch away’ from a college baseball scholarship.

Abandoned by his family, Gene finds a ‘surrogate,’ seemingly more loving family within the underbelly of the L.E.S. drug community.

Gene is faced with one simple decision that could rob him of his youth, his innocence, his life.

EV Grieve has more on the movie if interested. Though predictable, we couldn’t help it…

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