Thriller - Development 2016

Sandy Springs is a hybrid coming of age drama/thriller exploring a pair of fathers and sons, one black and the other white, and the transformation of the latter son into a vigilante that brings both families together with fateful consequences. Think Crash meets The Place Beyond the Pines.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Joshua GROSSBERG
    • Writer(s)
    • Joshua GROSSBERG
    • Producer(s)
    • Joshua GROSSBERG (Two Cousins Entertainment), Molly MAYEUX (Dahlia Street Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Anthony Foster is a bright 16-year-old African-American boy who, aside from being mathematically gifted, hails from a broken home. As the story begins, Anthony’s mother, Angela, sends him to Atlanta to live with her ex-husband Isaac, the father he’s barely seen in five years, after Anthony was expelled from school for drugs. Anthony isn’t happy about the move to Sandy Springs Lake, a nice middle class townhouse community in white suburbia. He also resents Isaac, a successful attorney who wants to reconnect with him. After settling in and making friends, Anthony falls for a pretty white girl named Shannon at an internship at the local university’s science department.
      Also living in Sandy Springs Lake is James LeRoy, a 33-year-old juvenile guidance counselor. James still dreams of being a police officer, but an arrest for sexual battery when he was 18 has forever precluded the possibility. James’ father, Martin, a retired judge, offers to pull strings and get him into law school given his interest in crimi- nal justice. But James doesn’t get along with Martin because his father is racist. After a bad day at work in which James is beaten up by a gang of drug dealers who torch his car, James meets his neighbor, Kat, a single mom who lives down the street. The two start dating.
      Meanwhile on two separate occasions, Anthony and Isaac are victims of racial profiling. Isaac gives Anthony “the talk” on how to avoid such situations. Angry over being profiled, Anthony argues with Shannon who fails to sympathize fully because her brother was a cop who died in the line of duty. Their relationship on the rocks, Anthony considers returning to Charlotte. Seeing his son’s anguish, Isaac takes Anthony to the projects where he grew up. There, he tells him about his roots and how being a man means he must learn to control his emotions. After bonding with his dad for the first time, Anthony reconciles with Shannon and decides to stay.
      As for James, he loses his job after punching a black youth in his charge who earlier had set him up to be am- bushed by the thugs. But James doesn’t care because he’s head over heels for Kat. Things take a dramatic turn however when Kat’s condo is broken into, part of a spat of burglaries plaguing the community. Leaping into “cop” mode, James starts patrolling Sandy Springs Lake with his gun, aiming to catch the culprit and protect his new girlfriend. Unfortunately, Martin sabotages James’ relationship with Kat by letting slip his son’s unlawful past. This prompts James, in a fit of alcohol and rage, to assault Martin and head home where he stumbles across Anthony driving his dad’s BMW. Angry and looking for someone to blame for his life falling apart, James be- lieves Anthony is the perpetrator terrorizing the neighborhood. He pursues him and the two get into a fateful confrontation that ends with tragic consequences.
    • Partners & financing
    • Private Equity investors
    • Production schedule
    • 25-day shoot in Atlanta.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Mar 04, 2016
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