Here’s Your First Look at Drug-Infused Drama ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’ [VIDEO]
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Zephyr Benson, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking, is gearing up for the release of his first film, Straight Outta Tompkins. The indie crime drama is inspired by Benson’s own upbringing, of teenage years under the influence of Heroin. And he’s only twenty-one. Much of the movie was shot in and around the East Village and Lower East Side last year. Well, there is finally a trailer to tease out the story. Shock value is there, with enough drug scenes to make you wanna detox.
“Since I was 17 years old, heroin has been an unfortunate part of my life. I’ve watched friends of mine battle addiction,” the writer/director/producer told The Wrap.
“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.
Straight Outta Tompkins premieres in theaters March 6, and is distributed by Indican Pictures.
Also worth noting that Zephyr Benson is the son of actor Robby Benson, who almost became Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.