The most coveted new sneaker goes on sale at 8am and sneaker-heads across the country are camping out overnight to get them. RONNY, a young Filipino-American and die-hard sneaker-head, has been dreaming of these shoes for months, but his quest to get in line is hindered when a fast food cashier’s racist joke offends his sister JUSTINE. Ronny’s night takes a turn for the worst when he sees the same cashier in the sneaker line. Racial tensions among the sneaker-heads intensify and Ronny’s fear of not getting his beloved sneakers is quickly replaced with the fear that he and Justine are in serious danger.
About the Director, Lead Actor, and Writer: Jess dela Merced
San Francisco native Jess dela Merced is a Filipino-American writer/director completing an MFA from the New York University Graduate Film Program where she received the 2012 Spike Lee Fellowship as well as the Lorraine Hansberry Arts, Performance, and Media Award. In 2011, she was selected for a unique writing internship created by Chris Rock at Comedy Central. She wrote her thesis film HYPEBEASTS under the mentorship of Spike Lee and has received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association grant