Teen Heroin User-Turned-Filmmaker Releases ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’ First Trailer (Exclusive Video)

“Since I was 17 years old, heroin has been an unfortunate part of my life,” says Zephyr Benson

Guns and drugs and fight clubs — whoa.

The first trailer for Zephyr Benson’s drug-fueled New York City crime drama “Straight Outta Tompkins” has more running, snorting and fighting than you can shake a stick at. But don’t blame the writer (also Benson) for being over-dramatic, because the film is actually based on a true story.

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The now 21-year-old director/writer/producer plays Gene, a middle class teenager who befriends a Lower East Side drug dealer while he is battling addiction. The bold directorial debut parallels the young filmmaker’s real-life teenage years when he himself dabbled with heroin.‎

“Since I was 17 years old, heroin has been an unfortunate part of my life. I’ve watched friends of mine battle addiction,” he said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “Some ended up going down similar paths with similar tragic outcomes. I’ve lost people I love to this drug. If you haven’t experienced it, it’s hard to imagine. But it’s a story I felt compelled to share.”

Another featured player in the intriguingly-shot independent drama is the city itself, with the Big Apple featured prominently in between quick cuts of the guns, police and narcotics.

“Most people think that they know New York,” Benson narrates in the trailer. “Some people live out here for a few years and they think they know what it’s like to be a true New Yorker — nope!”

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The film co-stars include Aaron Costa Ganis as Cruz, Adonis Rodriguez as Ivan, Jon McCormick as Sam and Mike Steinmetz as Bobby. Indican Pictures will distribute.

“Straight Outta Tompkins” premieres March 6.

Watch the trailer below and see photos below:

Straight Outta Tompkins Official Trailer from Indican Pictures on Vimeo.

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