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Out of Bounds (2019 film)

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Out of Bounds
Out of Bounds Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySD Green
Produced bySD Green
Shalonda SJ Johnson
Todd Hopkins
Gregory Anderson
Written bySD Green
Starring
  • Deyonte 'Tatted' Hunter
  • Tenichi Garner
  • Shalonda SJ Johnson
  • Richard Siegelman
  • Maurin Penn
  • Eric 'E-Gotti' Johnson
  • Ricky D. Smith
  • Derek Seals
Music byHelluva
CinematographyJason Thibodeaux
Edited byCJ Jones
Cornelius Pridgen
Production
companies
TMG Film Group
Flash Productions
Release date
January 24, 2019
(Malco Cordova Cinema)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Out of Bounds is a 2019 American drama film written, produced, and directed by SD Green in his directorial debut. It stars Deyonte 'Tatted' Hunter, Tenichi Garner, Shalonda SJ Johnson, Richard Siegelman, Maurin Penn, Eric 'E-Gotti' Johnson, Ricky D. Smith, and Derek Seals. Out of Bounds tells the story of Travis Elliot (Hunter), a talented Memphis basketball player faced with the decision of following his dreams or helping his incarcerated older brother. The choice between the two has far-reaching consequences and Travis ends up playing a deadly game of tug of war.

Plot[edit]

Travis Elliot has hopes of taking his talents beyond his Northside High School gymnasium to college and eventually to the pros. When his older brother Rico (Garner) is arrested, he puts basketball aside and deals drugs to pay for his attorney. He plans to get in and out of the drug game unscathed with the help of Murda (Johnson), his brother's first-in-command. Since he lacks experience, Murda, with a plan of his own, easily manipulates him into making careless decisions. Travis realizes he’s being used as a pawn and commits several murders seeking revenge. With everyone out of his way; Travis outsmarts law enforcement and Rico is released from jail.

Cast[edit]

  • Deyonte 'Tatted' Hunter as Travis Elliot: The protagonist of the story. A talented high school basketball player who dreams of playing the game at the collegiate and professional levels. He is caught between his familial obligations and future aspirations, so helping Rico get released from jail begins to take precedence.
  • Tenichi Garner as Rico Elliot: The older brother of Travis and former star high school basketball player turned drug dealer. Playing basketball was no longer a priority after his father was murdered and he became the provider for his family. The fast money from dealing drugs lured him away from the game. He understands Travis’ dream to play professional basketball more than anyone else and doesn't want him following his example.
  • Shalonda SJ Johnson as Naomi Farsee: Travis' older girlfriend and supporter. Life experiences have taught her the importance of holding onto your dreams. Being the case, she tries her best to keep Travis focused on playing basketball and graduating high school.
  • Richard Siegelman as Priest Diaz: A man of God and someone whom Travis confesses his sins.
  • Maurin Penn as Agent Franklin Parker: An investigator who has both Rico and Travis in his crosshairs.
  • Eric 'E-Gotti' Johnson as Murda: Rico's closest childhood friend and captain of his drug operation. In Rico's absence and at his direction, he steps in to aid Travis in his newfound role. He appears to be helpful, however, his ulterior motives end up being a detriment to the entire Elliot family.
  • Ricky D. Smith as Money Mo': The main antagonist of the story. He is a kingpin and drug distributor to Rico and Travis.
  • Derek Seals as Don: Travis' best friend. He is loyal to a fault and follows Travis down whichever path he chooses despite the ramifications.
  • Shi Smith as Brenda Elliot: The widowed mother of Rico and Travis. She turned to drugs to cope with the loss of her murdered husband and pressures of being a single-mother.
  • Jessica Valentine as Eva Torres: Travis' friend. As a result of having a difficult life she is driven to make decisions that put both herself and her family at risk.
  • BJ McClain as Pedro Torres: Eva's young son.
  • Giovonni Loso as Eva’s brother: The older sibling of Eva and uncle of Pedro. Being parentless forced him to support his loved ones by any means.
  • Jalen Moffit as Rob: The co-captain of Travis' high school basketball team. He and Travis sometimes bump heads because of Travis' selfish gameplay.
  • Denisha 'Cookie' Bonner as TT: Naomi's best friend. She and Naomi share a criminal past.
  • Joshua Graham as Kevin Myers aka Kev: Rico's childhood friend and first lieutenant of his drug operation.
  • Taz Polito as James Bernard aka Jay: Rico's childhood friend and second lieutenant of his drug operation.
  • Caleb Whiting as Ronnie: Rico's childhood friend and manager of his drug operation.
  • Ketrick 'Jazz' Copeland as Mr. Dixon: Naomi's boss. He sees his position of power as the perfect advantage to exploit her.
  • Bren Ransom as Coach: Travis' mentor and basketball coach. Having also coached Rico, he knows the obstacles that Travis faces and uses tough love in an attempt to keep him on the right path.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Out of Bounds is a Reebok sponsored independent film written, produced, and directed by SD Green, an American film director, producer, writer, and filmmaker.[1] "Filming in Memphis, Tennessee was important to Green."[2] The city was selected to serve as the backdrop of the story for the film. Green believes, “The historically artistic city holds a wealth of untapped talent,” and in his director’s statement, Green said, “I felt strongly about filming the majority of scenes in Memphis, Tennessee and recognized the city as a character of its own. As part of my commitment, the majority of the talent and crew of Out of Bounds are Memphis, Tennessee natives.”[3]

Casting[edit]

Garner said he was cast by Green for his personal connection with the character and the parallel was due in part to him serving 16 consecutive years in prison before being released in January 2014, saying, "This particular role didn't require much acting — I completely understood Rico."[4] The Jackson Sun, wrote, "Garner pulled from his own life experiences in his latest role."[5]

Shalonda SJ Johnson was cast as one of the lead talent and is a producer of the film.[6] Naomi pushes Travis in the right direction. "She doesn’t want him to fall victim to the streets,” and “she’s kind of bull-headed about him continuing his career and education,” Johnson told Memphis Flyer.[7]

WMC Action News 5 - Bluff City Life, spoke with, Eric 'E-Gotti' Johnson, who said, he was cast for his South Memphis dialect and persona that embodied his character.[8] Johnson also spoke to how the film was true to the Memphis experience. He expressed that, “A lot of people here probably can relate to the film and the core value of it.”[9]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography was shot predominately in the interior and exterior of churches, residences, and businesses in Memphis, Tennessee, Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Senatobia, Mississippi during the summer months of May and June.[10][11] According to Maurin Penn, “The film represents Memphis in many different ways through certain characters. He told the DeSoto Times-Tribune, "it represents the parts of Memphis that people don’t like to talk about, but shines a light that needs to be seen."[12]

Reception[edit]

Screenings[edit]

Out of Bounds made its premiere to a sold-out crowd at a Malco Theatres in Cordova, Tennessee on January 24, 2019.[13] And made its streaming debut on Amazon, Apple TV, iTunes, YouTube Premium, Google Play, and Vudu on December 23, 2020.[14]

Critical Response[edit]

On IMDb the film has earned an average rating of 8.4/10.[15]

The Philadelphia Tribune recognized the film's accolades, which at the time of publication, "[had] been awarded 18 film festival awards and nominations," and a positive standing amongst critics, stating that, "the good reviews are rolling in [for this coming-of-age story]."[16] Jesse Davis of Memphis Flyer, said, "There’s nothing quite so easy to identify with as a rock-and-a-hard-place situation. That struggle is at the heart of Out of Bounds."[17] S. Davis of Hip Hop Weekly, pointed out the film's ability to "pull viewers in," and "grip [them] with interweaving themes," proclaiming it, "not just another urban movie," rather, one that "leaves viewers emotionally charged."[18]

See also[edit]

  • Above the Rim

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Festival Category Awards Nominations
2019 Best Actor Award Best Actress in a Drama Honorable Mention[19]
2019 Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival Feature Best Actor[20]
2019 Global Music Awards Original Score
″Pray 4 Me″
Silver Medal[21]
2019 Golden Statuette International Film Festival Feature Films Best Original Screenplay[22]
2019 International Sound & Film Music Festival Best Music
(Soundtrack, Score, or Song Score)
Finalist[23]
2019 Wallachia International Film Festival Feature Movies Finalist[24]
Totals[lower-alpha 1]
Wins 4
Nominations 2
  1. Certain film festivals award more than one winner. The jury recognizes different recipients with other honors, such as official selection, semifinalist, and finalist. For simplicity, the aforementioned honors are categorized as nominations.

References[edit]

  1. "Coming-of-age story 'Out of Bounds' has local ties". The Philadelphia Tribune. December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  2. Davis, Jesse (January 16, 2019). "Street Ball: Memphis and Manhattan filmmakers team up to premiere independent film Out of Bounds". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. "Coming-of-age story 'Out of Bounds' has local ties". The Philadelphia Tribune. December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  4. Stephenson, Cassandra (March 4, 2019). "Jackson actor talks incarceration, moving forward and his latest role in 'Out of Bounds'". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  5. Stephenson, Cassandra (March 4, 2019). "Jackson actor talks incarceration, moving forward and his latest role in 'Out of Bounds'". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  6. "Coming-of-age story 'Out of Bounds' has local ties". The Philadelphia Tribune. December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  7. Davis, Jesse (January 16, 2019). "Street Ball: Memphis and Manhattan filmmakers team up to premiere independent film Out of Bounds". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  8. Gordon, Janeen (January 28, 2019). "Bluff City Life - Jan. 28 (Pt. 4 of 4)". WMC-TV. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  9. Gordon, Janeen (January 28, 2019). "Bluff City Life - Jan. 28 (Pt. 4 of 4)". WMC-TV. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  10. Davis, Jesse (January 16, 2019). "Street Ball: Memphis and Manhattan filmmakers team up to premiere independent film Out of Bounds". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. Gordon, Janeen (January 28, 2019). "Bluff City Life - Jan. 28 (Pt. 4 of 4)". WMC-TV. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  12. Bakken, Bob (March 14, 2019). "Casting call". DeSoto Times-Tribune. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  13. Whitfield, Holly (January 24, 2019). "Out of Bounds Red Carpet Screening". I Love Memphis. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  14. "Coming-of-age story 'Out of Bounds' has local ties". The Philadelphia Tribune. December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  15. "Out of Bounds". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  16. "Coming-of-age story 'Out of Bounds' has local ties". The Philadelphia Tribune. December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  17. Davis, Jesse (January 16, 2019). "Street Ball: Memphis and Manhattan filmmakers team up to premiere independent film Out of Bounds". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  18. Davis, S. (December 23, 2020). "Not Just Another Urban Movie, "Out of Bounds" Leaves Viewers Emotionally Charged". Hip Hop Weekly. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  19. "The Award Winners 2019 July-August". Best Actor Award. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  20. "EIMFF" (PDF). Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  21. "Silver Medal Winners - Outstanding Achievement". Global Music Awards. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  22. "Golden Statuette International Film Festival". IMDb. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  23. "Nominees & Winners". International Sound & Film Music Festival. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  24. "Official Competition & Awards". Wallachia International Film Festival. Retrieved October 18, 2019.

External links[edit]


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