After 40 years in prison, Chuck Begay (Wes Studi) is released into the cold desert of Arizona. As he starts his life over in the gritty underbelly of Phoenix, he is haunted by the memories of his crimes and tracks down Lacy, a 30 year old opioid addict and an innocent bystander of Chuck's violent assault. As Chuck builds a new life for himself, Lacy's life falls into pieces, sending Chuck down a gruesome path to redemption.
Nothing, Arizona is fueled by raw emotion, bitter confrontations and merciful self reflections. It is a story about the suffering and nameless people who are pushed to the edge of an advanced society and are hardly surviving. It's through Chuck's personal growth that genuine connections are made and a silver lining emerges. Nothing, Arizona is about the complicated nature of nothingness.
Nothing, Arizona was written by USC Screenwriting Graduate Brian Samuel Davis. The screenplay went through an intense vetting process through the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. Out of 7,000 entries from around the world, all scripts are read at least twice, 15% are read a third time, 5% advance to the quarterfinals, 2% advance to the final judgment.
Davis' script reached the final round and was judged by Academy members drawn from across the spectrum of the Motion Picture industry.
The Nothing, Arizona team is proud to welcome to the project, the first Native American to receive an Oscar Award, legendary actor, Wes Studi.
Chuck (70s) is a man recently released from prison after serving 40 years for murder. He is a quiet yet powerful man who has spent most of his life trying to keep his anger in check but always manages to lose the battle.
Lacy (30s) is the girl most likely to never get out of her hometown; she’s made every bad choice, burnt every bridge, and done more drugs than half of Hollywood but no matter how hard she tries people always want to help her.
Verdell (late 60s) is the woman behind every cheap bar in North America; she is fast talking and pops her gum but don’t be fooled because she is one thoughtful person.
Joyce (early 60s) is the woman you see donating clothes and goods to every charity event she can; her Midwestern values make her open to the world and all the heartache she can endure.
Akshay (40s) is an Asian Indian woman with a mild accent and a foul mouth who has worked as a parole officer for ten years; she hates her job but likes the paycheck and having weekends off.
Nick (30s) is a thin and sickly African American man who looks on the verge of death; despite his illness he wears a bright smile and has a cheery disposition.
Puck (40s) is a motorcycle gang member trapped in the body of a dwarf; his bald head, many tattoos, and snarl make him look tough, but a life spent looking up at the world has humbled him.
Glen (40s) is white privilege incarnate; he has no interpersonal skills, is highly offensive, but has somehow managed to survive and even thrive in a world built for terrible men like him.
Juan (40s) is an immigrant who wants to say as little as possible and stay under the radar so no one will ever make him go back to the home he ran away from in Mexico.
Officer Carol and Officer Stern (30s) are uniformed cops who will never move up and never want to.
MEET THE TEAM
BRIAN SAMUEL DAVIS
Brian’s screenplay, Nothing, Arizona, was selected from thousands of scripts to be vetted by members of of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and was honored as a semi finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Brian is a graduate of USC and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Screen & Television. Brian wrote and directed the indie film Ornaments and was hired by Here! Films and Regent Releasing to write Something Evil Comes. In 2011, Brian joined the writing staff for AXN and The Group Entertainment’s show entitled The Kitchen Musical, which was nominated for Best Drama at the International Emmy Awards. Brian is currently working on his doctorate degree.
KELLY MAY pga
Kelly May is rising filmmaker who began her career writing and directing shorts films for brands and networks. This experience lead to Disney Channel giving Kelly full creative responsibility to write and executive produce a weekly series for television. Kelly was then hired by studio head, Brian Robbins, to help launch DreamworksTV and produced their first original series. She worked with the creators of Bates Motel, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin to adapt the story for digital. She's worked with Dreamworks, Sony Television, CBS Films and brands such as Mattel and Pepsi. She independently wrote and produced two tv series that became finalists at the New York Television Festival. Most recently Kelly was a Showrunner at NBCUniversal. In 2019 Kelly was welcomed into the Producers Guild of America.
Director of Photography
Kelsie is an Australian documentary director and cinematographer who crafts films with honesty and nuance. She currently makes short docs at NPR Utah’s RadioWest Films, focusing on character-driven stories from the American West. As a visual journalist, Kelsie matches her greatest strengths of composition and storytelling with narratives that embrace humanity and challenge our perceptions of people and place. Her work has been featured on PBS, The Atlantic Selects, Slate, NPR and film festivals around the world. She recently won a PRNDI award as well as a nomination at the Online Journalism Awards for a story on keeping teachers on the Navajo Nation.
MARTINE MELLOUL pga
Martine Melloul is the founder of LA based Kali Pictures, a production company specializing independent features. Before devoting herself to the entertainment business, Martine served as Executive Vice President of BCBG MAX AZRIA, a global fashion house with a portfolio of more than 20 brands.
Head of Production
Amélie Pimont went to EFET (Photography School) in Paris, was a photographer for 6 years and decided to go to film school after participating on film sets in Paris. Amélie produced Independent feature films in Paris for 10 years. Amélie moved to Los Angeles and created Pimont Studios with the intent to produce films that promote social and cultural change.
Alexander May is a Philanthropist, Producer and Arizona local. He's a member of the Tempe Leadership Alumni, Locals First, Alliance of Non Profits of Arizona and Board member of Tempe Young Professionals. Alexander has produced interactive video strategies and installations for Make-A-Wish, Banner Health, Bluecross-Blueshield, Superbowl, Walgreens, Harkins Theaters and various non-profits.