LOGLINE A black teen finds his African immigrant stepfather passed out drunk in their tenement-building hallway and is pressured by his friends into murdering him.
SYNOPSIS One night, after returning to the projects with a crew of his friends, Markees, an African-American twenty-something, finds a drunken African man passed out in his building hallway. After ridiculing the man, the young men realize that the he is actually Markees's Nigerian-immigrant stepfather. Motivated by shame and the restraining order his mother has placed on his stepfather, Markees drags the unconscious man into his car in order to find him a more suitable place to sleep. But as the night dwindles on, the young men become increasingly aware of the futility of unloading the stepfather. Tensions build and frustrations mount, forcing the situation toward a violent end. Can Markees fly in the face urban machismo and his own youthful pride to stop this collision course before someone really gets hurt?
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT CRAZY BEATS STRONG EVERY TIME is an urban neo-noir that, instead of glorifying the culture of violence and misogyny typically embraced by urban youth, indicts it as a dangerous code of conduct founded on terminal machismo values. Although this seems like nothing new in relation to the depiction of African Americans, this is not the same old tale of cyclical street violence constantly rehashed in film and television. Instead, CRAZY BEATS STRONG is a parable on the dangers of peer pressure and humiliation. It shows how in a world where being "hard" is the ultimate masculine value, a basically decent young man — if humiliated, taunted and pushed far enough — can do the unimaginable in the name of "saving face."
MOON MOLSON (WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) graduated with a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where he won the Eleanor Frost Experimental Theatre Prize and two Alexander Laing Memorial Screenwriting Awards, and a M.F.A. from Columbia University, where he won the New Line Cinema Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award for his thesis film POP FOUL.
Pop Foul went on to screen at over 100 international film festivals and has won 41 festival awards worldwide, including the Panavision Grand Jury Award at the 2007 Palm Springs ShortFest, the REEL Shorts Jury Award at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), the HBO Short Film Award at the 2006 American Black Film Festival, and the 2006 Student Academy Award.
Moon has received fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA), New York State Council of the Arts (NSYCA), the Jerome Foundation, Urban Artist's Intiative/NY, and the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in Summer 2007 and one of indieWIRE's "Ten Exciting New Voices in Black Cinema" in Spring 2009.
Moon attended the 2008 Tribeca All Access Program, the 2008 Film Independent (FIND) Directors Lab, and the 2008 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs with his feature screenplay MEADOWLANDZ. Most recently, Meadowlandz won the Best Screenplay award at the 2008 Urbanworld Film Festival. Meadowlandz was adapted from the script of his present short film project CRAZY BEATS STRONG EVERY TIME. He is based in New York City.