March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 77 minutes
Directed by 15-year-old filmmaker Jordan Coleman, PAYIN' THE PRICE tells the story of Jasper "Jazz" Johnson, the most popular boy at his high school. A proverbial golden child, he lives a privileged life as the star of his basketball team, the boy every girl wants, and the son of rich and successful parents. So when the police show up at school to arrest him on assault and rape charges, Jazz's life as he knows it is turned upside down. The accuser is Sabrina Degrath—a beautiful yet unrefined girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Fast forward to Jazz's trial in which we learn the story of Jazz and Sabrina's relationship through flashbacks narrated by the testimonies of several classmates, friends, and family members. Maybe Jazz isn't the great guy with the promising future that everyone knows him to be; maybe Sabrina and her mother are just out for some money. But when young, broken Sabrina takes the stand to disclose the brutal and domineering side of Jazz, what's revealed is the existent, ugly truth of teen dating violence. – M.M.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
A talented young filmmaker from New Jersey at the brink of his career, 15-year-old honor student Jordan Coleman already has one acclaimed film under his belt. His first film, "Say It Loud" (2008), about the importance of education for African-American boys, landed him on America's Best Dance Crew's Champions for Charity Show and won him an award of $10,000 to put toward his next project. Continuing on his path of activist filmmaking, Jordan used the money to produce his new feature PAYIN' THE PRICE, which is now traveling nationwide as part of a Teen Dating Violence Awareness tour.
PAYIN' THE PRICE (2011)