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Rated NR · 73 minutes · 2010

Ben Sachs, Comedy drama
Abel Ferrara receives a special thanks at the end of this underground production, and it’s easy to see why: the movie’s grungy celebration of Manhattan fringe culture would be inconceivable without his example. That’s not to say it’s without charms of its own, as the inexperienced performers (most of them playing versions of themselves) keep things buzzing with genuine, vulgar energy. The loose story covers 72 hours in the lives of a middle-aged oddities dealer, a 20-year-old cokehead who has a crush on him, and various drug dealers and street-side layabouts. There’s some business about raising $11,000 to save the oddities dealer from getting evicted, but that’s merely a pretext for the outsize personalities to get frantic and curse at each other, and they do both quite colorfully. Jenner Furst and Daniel B. Levin directed.
Director: Daniel Levin and Jenner Furst
Producer: Mark Benjamin, Jenner Furst, Daniel Levin, Julia Nason, Stephanie Porto and Marc Levin
Cast: Nicholas De Cegli, Ashley Graham, William Leroy, Scott Dillin, Janell Shirtcliff, Paul Sevigny, Sergio Valentin, Laura Kauffmann, Celina Leroy and Paul Post

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