The Knockturnal Presents:
PICKINGS NEO-NOIR WESTERN CRIME DRAMA TO BE RELEASED IN THE US
NEW YORK CITY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
AMC Loews Lincoln Square
WHAT | Indie Neo-Noir PICKINGS premieres in NYC on Feb 23rd
WHO | Filmmaker Usher Morgan, Elyse Price, Katie Vincent, Joel Bernard and cast to attend
Julia Melim to host event
WHEN | Friday, Feb 23rd
PRESS CHECK IN | 6:00PM
RED CARPET ARRIVALS | 7:00PM
WHERE AMC Loews Lincoln Sq 1998 Broadway New York, NY 10024 (63 rd St)
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Additional Guests Include:
Chris Bergoch, Kate Berlant, Tom Bernard, Maggie Betts, Mary J. Blige, Ethan Hawke, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe
Kazan, Cynthia Nixon, Carey Mulligan, Margot Robbie, Adam Sandler, Michael Showalter, Francesca Sil
*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR COVERAGE OF ARRIVALS ONLY
MUST RSVP PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 23RD IN ORDER TO COVER*
Pickings is a film with strong female leads and empowering women in film. It’s very relevant to what’s
happening in Hollywood today and the “Me Too” movement and helping women finding their voice.
New York, NY – Soon after completing his award-winning short film Prego, filmmaker Usher Morgan
teamed up with cinematographer Louis Obioha and actors Elyse Price, Katie Vincent, and Joel Bernard to
bring to life Morgan’s new vision, a hybrid feature film that is part comic book, part neo-noir, and part
Spaghetti Western, mixed together with a strong character-driven plot that follows the story of Jo Lee
Haywood – a single mother and neighborhood bar owner who spent years trying to escape her violent
past. But when a local mobster and his gang of thugs come knocking on her door, Jo is forced to
embrace her inner demons and confront her deadly history in order to protect her family and property.
Still waters run deep in this stylistic crime saga.
After receiving 10 nominations at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival in December, Pickings went
on to win “Best Feature Director” (Usher Morgan), “Best Cinematography” (Louis Obioha), and “Best
Feature Actress” (Elyse Price). Wesley Lara of Hidden Remote writes: “This film was an absolute blast to
watch, from start to finish. It’s slick, unique, incredibly confident in its presentation and just so
entertaining to watch. I’d love to see more from Usher Morgan and I’d still recommend Pickings if you
want a creatively insane hybrid crime drama. With lots of smoke.” Richard Propes with the Independent
Critic hails the film as “Dark and gritty, fantastic and fun,” and Carl Burgess with ScreenCritix remarked
that “Morgan has created a stylish and bloody affair that should be enjoyed by many.”
The film’s ensemble cast includes Elyse Price, Joel Bernard, Katie Vincent (who also served as the film’s
associate producer and music supervisor), Joe Trombino, Emil Ferzola, Yaron Urbas, Michael Gentile,
Christopher Liam Gentry, and Samantha Zaino, among others.
Pickings is scheduled to be released to select theaters via Dark Passage Films and Digital Magic
Entertainment on March 2nd, 2018. For additional information on the film’s theatrical release, visit our
website, www.PickingsFilm.com, or follow the film on facebook.com/PickingsFilm
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About Dark Passage Films:
Dark Passage Films distributes independent motion pictures through engagement in financing,
development, production and marketing. The company specializes in feature films, web series, shorts
and more. Previous productions include Prego, Good Kids, Trapped Inside, Fine Dining, and Crowned.