|SKETCHES FROM POLISH BAR|
On the streets of Chicago, amid the failing industry and growing Yuppie sprawl, Reuben, a middle-class Jewish kid, wants more than his family’s jewelry business can provide. Reuben navigates between the worlds of Hip-Hop, family, and a crew of small time Polish gangsters, feeding off of their desires and his own ambitions.
Family, greed, and faith conspire against him…
REUBEN: He puts on his headphones and everything changes. Records spin freely then bend to his will; pulled back, distorted, skipped and scratched. Music he can control. Every morning he hones his skills, preparing for the outside world where control is in the hands of others.
EBONY: Her brother is in police custody for stabbing a white man on a city bus. There is a make-up bag stashed somewhere in this room with a few hundreds. Her emergency cash has got to be here. Check the closet, the dresser and under the bed. Nothing. Where’s it at?
UNCLE SOL: He is worried about his nephew, Reuben, with the complicated handshakes and $300 jogging suits you’d think the kid had never been Bar Mitzvahed. “The colored kids today come into the shop looking only at the price tags, hunting for Rolex and Cartier”. It’s like they’re speaking another language. Fortunately for Uncle Sol, Reuben speaks it too.
THE POLISH BAR: Initiation time. All Reuben’s got to do for his adopted family, a pack of second-rate Polish criminals, is pull in the cash and make sure the girls keep earning. He peddles cocaine with his buddy Tommy but it’s a covert balancing act, working the angles and keeping his crazy boss, Joe The Polack, off his back.