Film: Student Films

Production: USC, 'The Grind'

Popeye (Lead)

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Production Details

Jordyn Barber (dir.) is casting "The Grind," a a short for the University of Southern California about a parolee.

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Seeking

Male, ages 28-40, African Descent, African American

Role Description

Popeye: (Lead) Huey Porter, a.k.a. Popeye, has a criminal record and a revolutionary state of mind. Where most people might see disparity, he sees an avenue for change. Building an enterprise is hard to do for anyone but even more so as a parolee with a gang injunction hanging over your head. In order to see his dream come to life Popeye has to keep finding new ways to stay ahead of the game.

Popeye & Daman

DAMAN
My nig*a, the last straw had to be 3rd period though: American history with Ms. Watson.

POPEYE
You don't like History?

DAMAN
It's my favorite subject! But the classroom smelled like piss every day. Not just a little pissy either. I'm talkin' like project hallway pissy. Like I'm thrying to get work done in a gas station bathroom or some shit.

POPEYE
Uuuhhh! Tha' fuck?! Yo' school don't have no janitors my nig*a?

DAMAN
Man, we do though. I see 'em out there every day. They paint over shit nig*as tag up on the walls, they be settin' up rat traps and roach motels; all that.

POPEYE
Just nobody on piss patrol huh?

DAMAN
Nope! But no lie, I really think it's the teacher.

POPEYE
Smellin' like piss? What?!

DAMAN
I swear to you my nig*a. I think everyday she come to class with the piss already scared out of her. I mean she walk in the door and it's motherfuckers rollin blunts, shootin dice..

POPEYE
Oh yeah that sounds familiar

DAMAN
I'm tellin' you Pop. And I'm not sayin' all my classes are like that but, I mean. Even when the teacher show up on time and nobody be cuttin up, its still just a bunch of motherfuckers waiting for the bell to ring. Teachers included.

POPEYE
Thats 'cause they see that what you doin' is essentially some bullshit. Just that don't nobody want to speak up and say it.


DAMAN
Exactly man. So you feel me on my decision right? I had to get up out of there.

POPEYE
Look blood, education is a beautiful thang, alright. But you got to be able to say for yourself what that means. You feel me? What is education? When you have a centralized government; a group of nig*as wit they own values, and perspectives, and ambitions, sayin' to a whole nation of people that 'this is what you need to know, this is how you need to be - is that education? I tell you all the time D, you got to see a thing for what it is.