"Straight Outta Tompkins" started filming on March 12. We heard about the film, but, to be honest, we thought the person who told us was joking. You know — a play on Straight Outta Compton. However, it is an actual production. Here's the description via the film's Facebook page:
A feature film written, directed and starring Zephyr Benson.
"Straight Outta Tompkins" is real, authentic and: Straight Outta Tompkins
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.
There are also updates on the production's Twitter account. There's video of a shooting-up-heroin scene here.
Zephyr Benson, who attended attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking, is the son of Robby Benson, the boyish-looking actor your older sister totally had a crush on in the 1970s.