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Small Town Crime

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  • Breaking the case and everything else along the way.

SMALL TOWN CRIME centers around ''Mike Kendall'' (John Hawkes), an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way.

  • DIRECTORS' STATEMENT

It was early AM hours, the sun just peaking up over the horizon, as we motored down a dusty two-lane road surrounded by the parched, desert landscape. We were making a three-hour drive from Los Angeles to our parents' house in Central California - a drive we've done hundreds of times. There is something about this stretch of asphalt that gets our creative juices flowing and when, we're in the same car, it can be serious fun.

We can't recall who started it, but as the rural landscape streaked past our windows inspiration sprung forth in the form of a scene. A man wakes up in a field. He is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by beer cans, and a hundred feet from his car. He is in pain, hung-over, cold, lonely and forgotten amongst the tumbleweeds. It's easy to judge a person when you discover them in this state. But what if this man discovered someone (a young girl) in far worse shape than himself? What if his life could be set on a path to redemption by the vice that put him there in the first place? This was the seed of SMALL TOWN CRIME, which took root during that chilly morning drive down highway 65 just outside Bakersfield, CA.

We wrote SMALL TOWN CRIME, inspired by our hometown, with all the local landmarks and culture prominently featured. We have an immense reverence for this landscape and the people who inhabit it. It's a fringe town, where everyone knows each other and is in everybody else's business. That's the DNA of a small town and it doesn't matter if you live in Visalia, California or Magna, Utah - every one of them feels the same. ''Small town'' is not just a landscape, it's a universal way of life.

Raised on a steady diet of Captain Crunch, Sergio Leone westerns and Clint Eastwood cop dramas, we have a penchant for grey area protagonists tangled in gritty tales of redemption and revenge. We love characters who have a foot on either side of the line. For us, idiosyncrasies and foibles are a critical ingredient to any good protagonist. Imperfection is to be human. The lead character, Mike Kendall, played by John Hawkes, finds a body on the side of the road and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer. He breaks a lot of rules along the way, but his moral compass is pointed in the right direction - and that's one of the things that really got us excited about telling this story. He's a screw up who is trying to do the right thing.

Ultimately, we love stepping into microcosms, like SMALL TOWN CRIME, stumbling across one of its lost souls, and watching them rise from the ashes of their past to find their place in the world. And doing it the only way they know how - one wreck at a time.

Nelms Bros.

Small Town Crime Movie Details 🎥


Directed by

The Nelms Brothers (Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms)

Writing Credits

The Nelms Brothers (Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms)

Starring

John Hawkes

Anthony Anderson

Octavia Spencer

Robert Forster

Clifton Collins Jr.

Michael Vartan

Daniel Sunjata

Caity Lotz

James Lafferty

Stefanie Scott

Don Harvey

Dale Dickey

Sean Carrigan

Jeremy Ratchford

Music by

Chris Westlake

Cinematography by

Johnny Derango

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: United States

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