ABOUT THE FILM
At first glance, they seem unlikely gang-bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped.
Once victims, they’venow turned the tables, beating people into comas and stabbing enemies with ice picks. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery, and drug dealing charges.
Led by an ex-convict named Mo, Check It members are now creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up in is a daunting task. Life for the Check It can be brutal, but—it’s also full of hope and an indomitable resilience. At its heart, CHECK IT explores the undying friendship that exists between these kids—an unbreakable bond that is tested every day as they fight to stand up for who they are in a community relentlessly trying to beat them down.
Directors Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer
Producers Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer, Wren Arthur
Executive Producers Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Jon Kamen, Dave O'Connor, Justin Wilkes
Editor Tom Patterson
Cinematographer Toby Oppenheimer
Music Paul Brill
2016: Tribeca (World Premiere)
DCP, Blu-Ray, DVD
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