Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

JOHNS

 

Year: 1996
Country: USA
Run Time: 97 minutes

JOHNS

With each passing generation, the line separating children from adults becomes hazier. The harsh realities of living on the streets has a way of crushing the innocent, creating a world where dreams often provide the only source of salvation. johns, Scott Silver's piercing first feature, weaves a tale of tragedy and comedy along Los Angeles' infamous Santa Monica Boulevard. The story unfolds over the course of one day, focusing on John (David Arquette), a twenty-year-old street hustler, and Donner (Lukas Haas), his naive prot?g?. John's dream is to celebrate his birthday by spending one night in the most glorious hotel in town. All he needs is three hundred dollars. Together John and Donner attempt to realize this modest aspiration. However, the events that follow lead them through a labyrinth of obstacles, where it seems everyone is out to get them, and not everything is as it appears. Stunning cinematography perfectly captures both the beauty and horror or the streets of Los Angeles. This, coupled with standout performances by Arquette and Haas, brings to life this modern fable, where young men learn the true meaning of friendship, sacrifice, and courage. - Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival

Screenplay
Scott Silver

Director
Scott Silver

Producer
Beau Flynn, Stefan Simchowitz

Cinematography
Tom Richmond

Editing
Dorian Harris

Principal Cast
Lukas Haas, David Arquette, Arliss Howard, Keith David

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