Twelve-year-old Eric's mother, Rolanda, sends him to the pharmacy to pick up a desperately needed prescription for his ailing grandmother. He sets off with $22 and the insurance card stuffed in his sock. He has an hour and a half to return, but along the way he gets sidetracked by everyone he meets. This meaningful film, which realistically portrays obstacles in the day-to-day world of pre-teens, was originally inspired by Abbas Kiarostami's Where Is the Friend's Home, the story of a child's journey through his village to return a notebook. Greer's film is reimagined in an American inner city. (Ages 12+)
Aaron Greer is a professor at the University of Alabama, where he teaches film and video production. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned his B.A. in history from Washington University and his M.FA. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. He's worked for a repertory theater company, taught high school, and served as a documentary researcher for Eyes on the Prize producer Henry Hampton. All films that were either produced or directed by Greer have been screened in national or international film festivals. Regardless of genre, Greer remains dedicated to depicting the lives of African Americans-especially that of children and youth-more authentically than is common in American cinema.