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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
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

Out of Bounds is a 2019 American drama feature 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 | edit source]

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 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, 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 | edit source]

  • 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: A 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 | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

Out of Bounds is a Reebok sponsored independent film written, produced, and directed by SD Green, an American film director, producer, writer, and filmmaker. "Filming in Memphis, Tennessee was important to Green."[1] The city was selected to serve as the backdrop of the story for the air of realism that would complement the film. Green believes, “The historically artistic city holds a wealth of untapped talent.” 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.”[2]

Casting[edit | edit source]

Garner said he was cast by Green for his personal connection with the character. The parallel was due in part to him serving 16 consecutive years in prison before being released in January 2014. "This particular role didn't require much acting — I completely understood Rico." Cassandra Stephenson of The Jackson Sun, noted, "Garner pulled from his own life experiences in his latest role."[3]

Shalonda SJ Johnson brought great gravitas to the role of Naomi when she read for the part. She was cast for her ability to emote, improvise, and express natural reactions. The scene where Travis is enraged about a previous sexual relationship between Naomi and Money Mo' was conceived a moment before shooting to highlight her emotional range. Though a fictional account, the actors’ portrayals of the characters were galvanized by the unfortunate real-life state of affairs of many impoverished African American and Latino men, women, and children. Shalonda SJ Johnson propelled her characterization of Naomi forward by tapping into her realization that far too many people of color are imprisoned or had their lives cut short. She can appreciate that Naomi only wants the best for Travis and for this reason she pushes him in the right direction. "She doesn’t want him to fall victim to the streets,” Johnson told Memphis Flyer. “She’s kind of bull-headed about him continuing his career and education,” Johnson concluded.[4]

Janeen Gordon of 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. 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.”[5]

Filming[edit | edit source]

The film was shot predominately in Memphis, Tennessee during the summer months of May and June. Principal photography began on May 27, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee and continued for two weeks, before moving to Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Senatobia, Mississippi for an additional week. All of the interior and exterior locations are authentic Memphis, Olive Branch, and Senatobia churches, residences, and businesses. According to Maurin Penn, “The film represents Memphis in many different ways through certain characters. It represents the parts of Memphis that people don’t like to talk about, but shines a light that needs to be seen,” he told the DeSoto Times-Tribune.[6]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Screenings[edit | edit source]

Out of Bounds made its premiere to a sold-out crowd at a Malco Theatres in Cordova, Tennessee on January 24, 2019.[7]

Critical Response[edit | edit source]

On IMDb the film has earned an average rating of 8.4/10.[8]

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."[9] Richard Caldwell of IMN and contributing writer for AllHipHop gave the film a 4.5/5, and highlighted the film’s ability to conceptualize the relationship between decisions and consequences, writing, “Out of Bounds is a film that touches on karma and its many effects. Overall, I enjoyed this film and believe it is one worth watching for teenagers who may be facing a difficult time in their life. Karma is universal, real, and you shouldn’t be surprised if you receive the same energy you put out into the world.”[10] Amari Allah of Wherever I Look rated the film 4/5, with an overall rating of Positive (Worth Seeing). Allah praised the film for what he described as its different way of dispelling innocence, saying, “Out of Bounds seeks out humanity, asks you to understand a world and people who often are set in black and white terms, and yet only see gray.” He also highlighted the actors’ abilities to bring a “sense of authenticity to their characters,” noting that the film, “Illuminates lives not often featured and shows the complex decision-making done to survive.”[11]

See also[edit | edit source]

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

Awards and nominations
Year Festival Category Awards Nominations
2019 Best Actor Award Best Actress in a Drama Honorable Mention[12]
2019 Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival Feature Best Actor[13]
2019 Global Music Awards Original Score
″Pray 4 Me″
Silver Medal[14]
2019 Golden Statuette International Film Festival Feature Films Best Original Screenplay[15]
2019 International Sound & Film Music Festival Best Music
(Soundtrack, Score, or Song Score)
Finalist[16]
2019 Wallachia International Film Festival Feature Movies Finalist[17]
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 | edit source]

  1. 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.
  2. "Director Statement" (PDF). FilmFreeway. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  3. Stephenson, Cassandra (March 4, 2019). "Jackson actor talks incarceration, moving forward and his latest role in 'Out of Bounds'". Jackson Sun. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. 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.
  5. Gordon, Janeen (January 28, 2019). "Bluff City Life - Jan. 28 (Pt. 4 of 4)". WMC Action News 5 - Memphis. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  6. Bakken, Bob (March 14, 2019). "Casting call". DeSoto Times-Tribune. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. Whitfield, Holly (January 24, 2019). "Out of Bounds Red Carpet Screening". I Love Memphis. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  8. "Out of Bounds". IMDb. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  9. 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.
  10. Caldwell, Richard (July 31, 2019). "Karma, Judgement and Decisions Run the Streets In Out of Bounds". IMN. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  11. Allah, Amari (August 6, 2019). "Out Of Bounds (2019) – Summary, Review". Wherever I Look. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  12. "The Award Winners 2019 July-August". Best Actor Award. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  13. "EIMFF" (PDF). Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  14. "Silver Medal Winners - Outstanding Achievement". Global Music Awards. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  15. "Golden Statuette International Film Festival". IMDb. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  16. "Nominees & Winners". International Sound & Film Music Festival. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  17. "Official Competition & Awards". Wallachia International Film Festival. Retrieved October 18, 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]


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