Dark Passage Films has officially announced the release date for Usher Morgan's neo-noir thriller Pickings on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital on Demand.
Directed, written, edited, shot and produced by lauded New York-based filmmaker Usher Morgan, Pickings picks up where other crime dramas end, serving up a one-of-a-kind female leading character, Jo Lee-Haywood, a lady who's as loving, caring and dedicated as she is cunning, dangerous and vengeful.
In Pickings, Jo Lee-Haywood (Elyse Price) is a devoted single mother and sister who divides her time between her family and Pickings, the local Michigan tavern that she owns. Easy, right? WRONG! When a local mob boss (Emil Ferzola) and his goons try to muscle in and wet their beaks off Jo's hard work, it's up to Jo to embrace her inner demons and tap into her mysterious and violent past to protect her family and livelihood. It doesn't take too long for the haunted, hardboiled Jo and her pistol-packing posse to lock and load and take on the mob the only way they know how.
Pickings is filled with the classic film noir elements—grim voiceovers, evocative flashbacks, a moody score and an unforgettable femme fatale—combined with the dazzling neon-dipped photography, startling violence and graphic novel-styled visuals of modern cinema. It immediately evokes the films of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, even as it stands on its own as an exciting new exercise stylized cinematic sound and vision.
Filmmaker Usher Morgan's previous films include the short Good Kids, Fine Dining, and the 2015 comedy Prego, which won the Best Comedy Short Award at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival, amongst other awards, before amassing a cult following online and garnering over 970,000 views on YouTube since its release. Morgan is also the writer, director, and producer behind the upcoming horror short, Trapped Inside, which will enter the festival circuit in Halloween.
*Winner of Best Film Award at the 2018 Midwest Weirdfest and Best Feature Film and Best Director prizes at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival and the Greenpoint Film Festival.
Blu-Ray Special Features include:
- Deleted Scenes
- Filmmakers Commentary
- "The Mop" ~ A Pickings TV Short
- Behind the Scenes Featurette
Purchases are available on Amazon, iTunes and Online Stores @ www.pickingsfilm.com/preorders