Earthling's Clay Liford Goes to High School
It's been a busy year thus far for Clay Liford: His short film My Mom Smokes Weed played the Sundance Film Festival in January; two months later, his terrific, head-scratching first feature, Earthling, debuted at South by Southwest and, then, the Dallas International Film Festival before it began its currently ongoing journey along the film-fest circuit. But this morning I stumbled across a casting call (for a Native American actor) that makes it clear the Dallas director ain't done yet.
Next month he'll begin shooting within the confines of a local high school his second film, the title of which is Minor in Possession. And, from the sound of the summary, it's a follow-up of sorts to My Mom Smokes Weed:
This is the story of a high school teacher who faces constant ridicule after he's repeatedly beaten up by several of his own students. Having nowhere else to turn, he eventually teams up with another of his students to fight back. This student, a young girl, is feared school-wide because of a dark family reputation. She also has an unfortunate nickname grafted to her due to her predilection for smoking discarded cigarettes. Bonded in battle, the student and teacher form a friendship that stretches the use of the word inappropriate. Starring Nate Rubin (Blood on the Highway, My Mom Smokes Weed) and directed by Clay Liford (Earthling, My Mom Smokes Weed). The film is a dark comedy that almost plays as a horror film, albeit one where nobody dies (except a little on the inside).
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