Straight Outta Tompkins

Straight Outta Tompkins

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Zephyr Benson shines a light on addiction and the white middle class drug scene with his debut film about a forlorn teenager abandoned in New York City who mistakes the welcoming embrace of a Lower East Side drug dealer for the love of family..

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SYNOPSIS

Zephyr Benson shines a light on addiction and the white middle class drug scene with his debut film about a forlorn teenager abandoned in New York City who mistakes the welcoming embrace of a Lower East Side drug dealer for the love of family. As writer, director, producer and protagonist, Benson reveals innocence lost with a humorous narrative on the mixology of weed, narcotics and pills, and the absurdity of the junky lifestyle. He is supported by the outstanding dramatic performances of Aaron Costa Ganis as Cruz, Adonis Rodriguez as Ivan, Jon Mccormick as Sam, and Michael Steinmetz as Bobby. The plot follows the sales and distribution of narcotics through teen social circles until they come to a violent end. Benson’s fearlessly honest insider’s view busts the myth of casual drug use as his character, Gene, morphs from troubled child to novice dealer to accidental addict. The ending is a jolt audiences won’t forget.


TECH SPECS

Runtime: 91 minutes
Format: HD
Sound: Dolby SR
Rating: Pending
Country: USA
Website: www.straight-outta-tompkins.com
Genre: Urban, Crime, Drama


CAST & CREW

Directed by Zephyr Benson
Starring: Zephyr Benson, Aaron Costa Ganis, Adonis Rodriguez, Jon McCormick, Michael Steinmetz,  Angelina Fiordellisi, Ezra Knight


AWARDS, FESTIVALS, PUBLICITY

“Zephyr Benson… is impressive here in his directorial debut”
-DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

Zephy Benson Interview
-AfterBuzz TV

Director, Writer, and Actor Zephyr Benson Talks New Film “Straight Outta Tompkins”
-Morning Brew

“…A good look at the way people can slip into crime.”
-FilmWeek

Straight Outta Tompkins Graphical Review
-NYCMovieGuru.com 

10 THINGS with Zephyr Benson
-RegardMag.com

“Benson exposes the decidedly unglamorous world of the junky way of life…”
-Erin Demers, NYTimes.com

“…fitfully engaging work”
-Justin Chang, Variety.com

“…a remarkably assured debut as writer, director and star…”
-NYC.SunTimes.com

“The latest debut made in the shadow of Martin Scorsese is Straight Outta Tompkins”
-HollywoodReporter.com

Zephyr Benson Likes His Bacon Crisp And His Grits Covered In Hot Sauce.
-Uproxx.com

“If you haven’t yet heard of Zephyr Benson, you soon will.”
-Luchina Fisher, ABCNews.go.com

Straight Outta Tompkins will open at the Laemmle Noho in Los Angeles and the Cinema Village in New York .
-Deadline.com

“Shot with a bracing, handheld immediacy”
-Ashley Clark, VillageVoice.com 

“…Benson makes an assured directorial debut.”
-Martin Tsai, LATimes.com

Robby Benson and Son Zephyr Discuss Their Film “Straight Outta Tompkins”
-TheView

“Its premise… is presented with stark realism and a decadent grace by writer/director Zephyr Benson”
-FilmSlateMagazine.com

Interview: Zephyr Benson – Making ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’ and the Path of an Indie Filmmaker
-FilmSlateMagazine.com

Zephyr Benson makes strong debut with ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’
-NYPost 

“…shocking, brutally honest”
-Bowery Boogie 

“…gritty crime drama”
-IndieWire

“Finally, a film that gives NYC some edge back”
-Animal 

“Zephyr Benson joins the family business with this drug-fueled crime drama coming in March.”
-IndieWire 

One to Watch: Zephyr Benson Talks ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’ Movie, Reveals Dream of Working with Jennifer Lawrence
-Celebuzz