Sunday, November 1, 2015

"The Suburban Itch" Tennessee Premiere Sunday Nov. 8 at Circuit Playhouse

Laughs and Memphis Music

Make the Message Go Down

In “The Suburban Itch”

Dropbox link to still photo from the set of “The Suburban Itch:”

“Don’t be quick to judge” is the moral message an Indie Memphis audience will see when “The Suburban Itch” is screened Sunday night Nov. 8 at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper.

“Having a relevant social message doesn’t mean being ‘preachy,’” says Jenni Moore, executive producer.  “This message comes wrapped in a comedy-coated outside, with Memphis musical sprinkles on top.”

The screening will be the "Tennessee premiere" for “The Suburban Itch,” which also has been screened at Los Angeles- and New York City-area film festivals.  It will be shown in a block of short films in Indie Memphis' Hometowner Narrative Shorts category beginning at 6:30.

In a role reversal, black actors play white stereotypes, and a young white man is hassled by police who profile him for “running while white” in a black neighborhood. 

When Mary Beth Miles (played by Charisse Norment) sizes up the injustice as she drives in North Memphis with her less noble friends, she stops the car and confronts police.  They say no good deed goes unpunished, and police reward Mary Beth with what they call “street justice” by handcuffing her to the jogger, DeMarcus Malone (Derek Moore). 

Mary Beth must bring this fellow home in handcuffs, and it’s “guess who's coming to dinner?” and then some as she must run the gauntlet of a troublesome little sister, domineering dad and fool-proof mother.  Malone turns out to be a prize-winning reporter who is out of work after the local newspaper closed shop.  The stuff hits the fan when dad James Miles (Delvyn Brown) realizes Malone is the reporter whose stories led the EPA to bust Miles’ industrial processing business.

The cast is led by Memphis stage and film favorites Brown and Norment.  Brown was “Actor of the Year” as honored by the Diversity on Stage Awards earlier this year, and Norment was honored for her stage and film accomplishments.  Norment also is a member of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company.   Derek Moore of Nashville plays the young man whom police detain for looking suspiciously out of place running along Chelsea Avenue near Hollywood. 

Spicing up the film is Memphis music from popular hip-hop artist “Knowledge Nick” Hicks, (featuring Bartholomew Jones and produced by Max Ptah), whose songs “The M” and “Leaders of the New School” fit the story line of not judging at first sight. 

As the film opens, DeMarcus goes for a run, leaving Rainbow Place and turning north on McLean while Hicks sings from “The M:” 

“I get strange looks when I tell ‘em I’m from Memphis –
“A notion that I never understood,
“Considering I grew up in the ‘burbs and the hood.
“But, it’s all good;
“Though not a thug or a hippie,
“I’m just a different breed, son,  that grew up in the city.”

In “Leaders of the New School,” Bartholomew Jones raps:

“They wanted Jim Crow.
“The kids flow, but kids know,
“Love ain’t got a color;
“We’re born to flow with the rainbow.”

"After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, President Obama called on Americans to check how they would feel if races were reversed in such incidents," said writer-director Gary Moore.  "'The Suburban Itch' will challenge viewers to see if their emotions change based on how people look in varied situations."  

“The Suburban Itch” official trailer:

The film’s website is, and the Facebook page, is

For Indie Memphis information, tickets and schedules:

“The Suburban Itch” was produced by Moore Media & Entertainment.  For further information about “The Suburban Itch” and upcoming film projects, contact Jenni or Gary Moore at 

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