"Prison Blues," a short film by Edison High School graduate Jeff McCray, will have a red carpet premiere at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theatre, 1170 Broadway Plaza. A question-and-answer session with the writer/director/producer will follow.
The film tells the story of an ex-con who shares his painful life experiences with a close friend. McCray got the idea for the story from the 10 years he worked in the county and state prison systems. He calls the production a "community awareness project" because it deals with many of the issues Fresnans face: homelessness, unemployment, alcohol abuse, spousal abuse and gangs. The director wants his film to promote "education, positive parenting and a pride of community."
"The idea behind creating the short film is to get some buzz going so that we could make it into a feature film. All I would have to do is develop a couple of more plots," McCray says.
The film was shot locally in three days in October on a budget of about $10,000, all funded by McCray. It features all local actors, including McCray in a supporting role.
This is the fourth short film written, directed and produced by McCray, who studied theater and film at Long Beach State.