From the creative team behind the award winning MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, COUNTY LINE is the sophomore project from Morgan’s Mark. COUNTY LINE is a feature-length father-son drama, set in rural North Carolina.
Sheriff Henry Ray Bradley is a loving husband, a watchful father, a dedicated caretaker to his ailing father, and a pillar in his community. When women in his county start showing up dead under his watch, Henry Ray and his department quickly try to return peace and safety to his area. Henry Ray, however, realizes there's a horrible pattern developing; someone is killing the local drug addicted prostitutes who have relationships not only with the major drug dealers in town, but also with one of his trusted deputies.
While Henry Ray is dealing with these heinous crimes, his family life is crumbling. His teenage son, Elijah, is spending too much time with his manipulative and drug-addicted girlfriend, Glenda. Glenda introduces Elijah to Oxycontin and her sexual advances lead them to cope with an unexpected pregnancy. Desperate to not become a teenage mother, Glenda makes a catastrophic decision that changes everything, not only for Elijah, but for Henry Ray as well.
Work and home stresses quickly corrode Henry Ray's confident facade. With a deputy who’s having affairs with the victims, a son with whom he has lost all connection, and a haunting one-time agreement looming over his head, Henry Ray must decide on which side of the legal and moral line he wants to live before he has nothing left and before more women are killed.
TINA MABRY, Writer/Director
A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tina Mabry graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, with an MFA in Film Production in 2005.
While participating in Film Independent's (FIND) Project:Involve, Mabry finished developing and writing her short film, Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan, which she wrote and went on to direct. The film has been screened in more than fifty film festivals worldwide and has won multiple Jury and Audience Awards as well as a Best Director award. Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan aired on Showtime, BET J, and was voted the #1 film on the season finale of LOGO's The Click List 2: Best in Short Film.
Shortly after graduating from USC, Mabry co-wrote a feature screenplay entitled Itty Bitty Titty Committee, directed by Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader). The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (2007) and won Best Feature Narrative at the South by Southwest Film & Music Festival (2007).
In 2008, Mabry participated in the FIND Directors Lab with her feature film, Mississippi Damned, and was later awarded the Kodak Film Grant. While playing on the festival circuit, Mississippi Damned has garnered an impressive thirteen awards from participation in fifteen film festivals including the awards for Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay at the Chicago International Film Festival (2009). The film premiered on Showtime in February 2011.
Mabry was named among the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine in July of 2009 and was recognized by Out Magazine as one of the most inspirational and outstanding people of 2009. She was featured in the Advocate magazine as part of their Top Forty Under 40 issue, which features the top 40 individuals who are raising the bar in their respective fields.
In December of 2010, Mabry was named the James Baldwin Fellow in Media by United States Artists, a national grant making and artist advocacy organization.
MORGAN R. STIFF, Producer
Morgan R. Stiff graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, with an MFA in Film Production in 2005 after receiving her BFA from New York University in Dramatic Writing in 2002.
While attending USC, she was chosen as a participant of Film Independent's (FIND) Project:Involve. As a producer, Stiff has produced fiction and documentary films, as well as promotional videos. Producing projects include Porcelain (2004), which is currently being distributed by Iron Rod Motion Pictures, Inc.; Hip Hop Homos (LOGO Networks, 2004); and the award-winning Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan (Showtime, LOGO, BET J, 2005).
As an editor, Stiff has worked on tributes, music videos, fiction films, and documentaries. Editing projects include Hope's Choice (Showtime, 2004) and the award-winning documentary, One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story (Ovation TV, 2009), which she also produced. In 2007, Stiff participated in the FIND Producers Lab with Mississippi Damned (Showtime 2011) and went on to produce and edit the award winning and critically acclaimed film.
Stiff has also directed several projects, including Walk in the Light (BET J 2006), the critically acclaimed documentary about a black and gay church in South Central Los Angeles. She is also the Chief Production Officer of Morgan's Mark, a production company dedicated to bringing marginalized stories to the mainstream.
LEE V. STIFF, Producer
Lee V. Stiff is the executive producer of Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan (Showtime, LOGO, BET J, 2005) and the executive producer and producer of Mississippi Damned (Showtime, 2011). He is a university professor; co-author of elementary, middle grades, and high school mathematics textbooks; and a popular speaker about issues affecting the mathematics education of all children. He was also the executive producer of the second album of hip-hop artist, J.Bully and is owner of Sengar Properties, Inc., a real estate concern.
BRADFORD YOUNG, Director of Photography
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Bradford Young has lensed an impressive amount of independent shorts, features, documentaries, commercials and music videos. Young received his Bachelors of Arts and MFA from Howard University where he was the four-time winner of the prestigious Paul Robeson award for best cinematography. In 2002 Young was invited by IFP (Independent Feature Project) to participate in Project:Involve for his achievements in cinematography. Recently, Young wrapped on Black Sheep, White Lies (directed by James Spooner), which is his third feature as Director of Photography. Young has shot multiple music videos for several artists including the Foo Fighters and he also recently shot a documentary with Alicia Keys in South Africa. Young was named among the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine in July of 2009. Young won the Sundance Cinematography award in 2011 for his work on Pariah, directed by Dee Rees.
MEG MORMAN & SUNDAY BOLING, Casting
Meg Morman and Sunday "Sunny" Boling (Casting Directors) met in the Feature Casting office of 20th Century Fox, working on such films as Ice Age, Dude, Where's My Car?, From Hell, One Hour Photo, Unfaithful, Behind Enemy Lines, and Big Momma's House. They then entered the independent casting world, working with such casting directors as Sheila Jaffe, Debi Manwiller, Eyde Belasco and Francine Maisler.
In late 2004, Meg and Sunny reunited and opened the door to Morman Boling Casting. To date, they have cast many films, including Waitress (starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines and Andy Griffith), which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently picked up by Fox Searchlight, as well as Dr. Dolittle 3 and Like Mike 2 for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Another Cinderella Story for Warner Premiere. In addition, Steal Me and Me & You & Everyone We Know, were both official selections of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; Me & You & Everyone We Know also went on to win the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision as well as the Golden Camera Award at Cannes.
Other credits include Serious Moonlight (starring Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Justin Long and Kristen Bell), Ball Don't Lie (starring Mykelti Williamson, Nick Cannon, Ludacris, Harold Perrineau, Rosanna Arquette, Emilie de Ravin, Cress Williams, Mathew St. Patrick), Small Town Saturday Night (starring Chris Pine, John Hawkes, Lin Shaye and Robert Pine), Oranges (starring Heather Locklear, Tom Arnold, Jill Hennessy, Tom Sizemore and Richard T. Jones), Loveless in Los Angeles (starring Dash Mihok, Brittany Daniels and Stephen Tobolowsky), and GI Jesus, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cinevegas, to name just a few.
AIYANA TROTTER, Production Designer
Aiyana Trotter has been the Production Designer for four independent feature films and several shorts. Her work has been seen on several award-winning films including Half-Life and Mississippi Damned films that premiered in the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Trotter has held key Art Department positions on several films including Kevin Smith’s Red State and the Bollywood blockbuster, Love Aaj Kal. She has worked in the Art Department of the network television shows, Ugly Betty and Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She has Art Directed commercial spots for MTV3 and award show sponsor stations for the Lexus Hybrid Living Brand. Trotter earned her MFA in Set Design from San Francisco State University and has designed theater sets in the SF Bay Area for over twenty productions.
COUNTY LINE NEWS
COUNTY LINE Chosen as a Finalist for a Cinereach Grant 8.1.2011
COUNTY LINE will advance as a finalist in the Cinereach Grant process. Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including research and development, production and post-production. For more information click here.
COUNTY LINE Chosen for the Film Independent 2011 Fast Track Program 6.19.2011
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, announces the nine film projects selected for its ninth annual Fast Track Program. Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward. During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding. For more information click here.
COUNTY LINE Wins the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award 4.28.2011
COUNTY LINE wins the TAA Creative Promise Award and will receive an additional $10,000, as well as an original piece of contemporary art. The jurors for this year's Creative Promise Award were actor Hiam Abbass (The Visitor, Lemon Tree, Munich); actor Ajay Naidu (Chutney Popcorn, Office Space, The Wrestler); and Director F. Gary Gray (Friday, Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job). Read more about this honor here.
COUNTY LINE Chosen for the 2011 Tribeca All Access Program 3.17.2011
Tribeca All Access, now in its eighth year, was created to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. As a participant, COUNTY LINE will recieve a $10,000 grant along with tailored mentorships to maximize its impact. For more information click here.
COUNTY LINE Chosen for the Film Independent 2010 Screenwriters Lab 8.12.2010
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the 12 screenwriters and film projects selected for its 11th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West. Taking place in Los Angeles from August 12 until September 16, the Screenwriters Lab is an intensive six-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. Co-writers Tina Mabry and Morgan Stiff participated in FIND's Screenwriters Lab led by the wonderful Meg LeFauve. Read more about the program here.
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