WILMINGTON — Drug-dealing milkmen with a purpose buck with Buck, a drug-dealer with territory to protect in “Milk Money,” an independent flick being filmed in Wilmington.
A group of independent filmmakers has begun filming their “dope” coming of age project.
“Milk Money” centers around a pair of friendly, drug-dealing milkmen who peddle their smokeless product around town until meeting the harsh reality of criminal territories.
The marijuana-infused milk sold in the film is an alternative to traditionally smoked cannabis, that uses cannabidiol (CBD).
“The movie takes place as its being federalized so that’s the reason that our character Finney ends up going to a drug dealer for drugs rather than a CBD dispensary,” said Harry Adams, the movie’s producer.
With a mostly undergraduate cast and crew, the student-run project is an endeavor that has garnered the assistance of area professionals.
Through its Indiegogo campaign and the efforts of already experienced students, the group was able to secure professional lighting equipment donated by Sunset Lighting and Grip for the month of filming in December.
The group was also able to attract professional actor Tim Ross, who has worked with Academy Award winner Barry Livingston, appeared in “The Vampire Diaries” and even “Saved by the Bell.”
Ross plays the role of Buck, a rival drug-dealer in town that confronts the milkmen for infringing on his turf.
“Bad guys are always more fun,” Ross said.
While he’s used to working on big budget films with big name actors, Ross said the mostly student-run enterprise has been quite the professional Indie project.
“They’ve been great, they’re organized, they’re positive,” he said.
Written by Felix Carlson and Daniel Rabinowitz, “Milk Money” aims to spread awareness of medical marijuana alternatives and the wide array of individuals that could benefit from gaining access to the drug, still not federally legalized.
“The whole selling factor to ‘Milk Money’ and Charles’ business is the fact that they’re relatable people that are kind and not dangerous,” Adams said. “So people who are chronically ill do not see a threat. They’re seen as a merchant selling a commodity that helps them.”
“Milk Money” will complete its initial phase of filming in December and will begin its second phase in early 2018. The filmmakers aim to be included in next year’s Cucalorus festival.
“We figured the best way to find ourselves and represent ourselves in this area would be by creating something that was original and by creating something that really spoke not just to us but to the community,” Adams said.
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