First Look: The Great & The Small

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The Great & The Small is a promising upcoming feature by Dusty Bias with an impressive cast, currently in post-production. We have some early info on the project, one to keep your eye-on for upcoming festivals in 2016.

The film is the latest feature from writer/director Dusty Bias and the second collaboration between Bias and producer Ted Speaker, who most recently produced Alison Bagnall’s FUNNY BUNNY. Bias’ first film, PRAIRIE LOVE, premiered at Sundance and won two grand jury prizes at other festivals. Filming was entirely in Birmingham, AL, a rare production for the city.

Scott (Nick Fink – Justified) is a young punk in his early 20’s who’s spent his life on the streets, squatting in abandoned houses to survive. Having never had a mother or father around, he’s made a lifetime of bad choices and has never gotten much of a break. While on probation for a small time crime and working a dead end job, he is befriended by Richie (Ritchie Coster – The Dark KnightTrue Detective, HBO’s Luck) – a manipulative criminal who acts as the father figure he never had in order to rope Scott into a heist.
As the plan for the heist is unfolding, Scott shacks up with his ex-girlfriend, Nessa (Louisa Krause – Martha Marcy May MarleneKing Kelly, Bluebird) who demands he take care of her baby in exchange for rent. This forced fatherhood causes Scott to seek out the child he and Nessa gave up for adoption a few years prior. The search leads him to Margaret’s (Melanie Lynskey – Togetherness, Heavenly Creatures, Two & Half Men) doorstep, the adopting mother. Scott soon finds out his son died from a prolonged illness and it wreaked havoc on Margaret’s sanity as well as her marriage, which crumbled under the stress of the lost child. Margaret attempts to reconnect with her son through Scott, while Scott learns about the boy through Margaret’s memories and mementos.
Things come to a head when a fierce and colorful local detective, Dupre (Ann Dowd – HBO’s The Leftovers, Compliance), starts investigating Richie and Scott. Dupre has a soft spot for Scott and becomes his protector, a mother figure to him. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Scott precariously attempts to flip the tables on Richie and come clean to Dupre, seize his shot at a second chance as father to Nessa’s child, and be a source of healing for Margaret.
If you missed PRAIRIE LOVE, I highly recommend you give it watch. It channels the aura of FARGO in the best way possible.
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