The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
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.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM
Focus On Filmmakers
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
PAYIN' THE PRICE (2011)
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
François Cluzet, Omar Sy