[sws_blockquote align=”” alignment=”” cite=”” quotestyles=”style02″] Drey is a 12-year-old Brooklyn girl who discovers her teacher smoking crack after school and is compelled to investigate further.[/sws_blockquote]

First-time actress Shareeka Epps brings uncommon assurance to her role as Drey, a tomboy whose experiences kindle a newfound fascination with the complicated adult world.

Gowanus, Brooklyn
Director: Ryan Fleck
Fleck On Half Nelson

An iconic work in many respects and in a certain vein, of New York storytelling in general. What A.O. Scott calls neo-neorealism. Every year several NYU or Columbia U short films pay some kind of a tribute to this work.

We’ve never placed it on FilmClique because, unfortunately, we started in 2011. Also this is not something everybody would enjoy. This film has a ton of lengthy held shots that the actors just don’t seem to know what to do with, plus it’s long.

The short’s reputation has been boosted in retrospect by the FABULOUS feature adaptation Ryan Fleck and film partner Anna Boden pulled off, Half Nelson.

Director: Ryan Fleck


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