Galas and Centerpieces
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The Land
USA, 2015, 102 min., Color
Teenage buddies Cisco, Boobie, Junior, and Patty Cake skateboard the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, dreaming of getting discovered by a sponsor and skating their way out of poverty. That is until the boys discover a bag full of pills in the back of a stolen car. Cisco’s entrepreneurial instincts take over, and in a flash their lives get better. But no one counted on having to come face to face with the cold, calulating, and notorious drug queenpin, “Momma,” who runs the toughest gang in town.

Director Steven Caple Jr. makes an auspicious debut with this atmospheric film filled with pitch-perfect performances by an ensemble cast, including newcomer Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Linda Emond, who is bone chilling as Momma. More than a crime drama, THE LAND is a beautifully rendered story about friendship, values, and what it means for disaffected youth to come of age on the streets of Cleveland.
— Sundance Film Festival
Screenings
Executive Producer
Charles King, Poppy Hanks, Jennifer Levine, Nas , Nicolaas Bertelsen
Director
Steven Caple Jr.
Screenwriter
Steven Caple Jr.
Producer
Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little, Tyler Davidson, Stephen Love, Blake Pickens, Laurence Ducceschi, Rachel Lauder
Cinematographer
Steven Holleran
Editor
Saira Haider
Music
Jongnic Bontemps
Cast
Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker, Erykah Badu

Director Bio
Steven Caple Jr. has directed and produced several short films including the award-winning short film DIFFERENT TREE (2014). He was also the director of the television series, Class. THE LAND is his feature debut.
Screenings Co-presented by:
Texas Black Film Festival
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