Film Fest 919 is back in Chapel Hill for its third year and will feature the debut of UNC alumnus Jake Lawler as a writer, actor and producer in the short film, “Good Samaritans.”
This year’s Film Fest 919 will feature 15 different films, including “Good Samaritans,” in which Jake stars alongside his brother and co-writer Conor Lawler, a UNC School of the Arts student.
The 8-minute-long film focuses on an interaction between two strangers who debate the topic of homelessness after witnessing a homeless man being abused.
“The formation of that ideology was really grounded in the perspective of delving deep into a conversation that we have heard on a routine basis but we’ve never necessarily seen represented,” Jake Lawler said.
The idea behind “Good Samaritans” initially emerged after the two brothers watched a scene from “Reservoir Dogs” featuring a conversation between characters on whether or not to tip a waitress. Soon after, the brothers heard the Kendrick Lamar song, “How Much a Dollar Cost,” and decided to move forward with writing a script for “Good Samaritans.”