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Area residents can see "The Land" at The Nightlight Cinema on Aug. 16, 17 and 18 at 8:30 p.m.
A basketball championship and a contending baseball team have brought some new found respect home to the North Coast and writer/director Steven Caple, Jr.'s gritty feature debut The Land keeps the winning streak going.
Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) is a restless Cleveland teen, skipping school and skateboarding around the inner city streets with his crew Junior (Moises Arias), Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) and Boobie (Ezri Walker). Stealing cars for quick cash, the boys pop one trunk to uncover a large stash of MDMA capsules, and quickly enter a more lucrative business.
Caple contrasts intimate settings of the boys' tough homelife with more panoramic shots of familiar Cleveland landmarks, achieving a nicely subtle reinforcement of the desire to escape.
For details, visit www.nightlightcinema.com.