Synopsis: Based on true events, a teenager’s home-life is challenged when memories of past sexual abuse come into focus. Moving from flashbacks to the present day, McCrorey Rd. follows a teenager (Gloria Cole) navigating through harrowing recollections, pushing away her only friend (Nikko Austen Smith), and struggling to detach herself from her mother, Kate (Jaime King), who unintentionally grows absent in her search for companionship outside of their trailer home. Moreover, Kate’s latest boyfriend Frank (Kick Gurry) serves as a reminder of past abusers, complicating Gloria’s emotional and mental health.
Jaime King (Kate)
Kick Gurry (Frank)
Nikko Austen Smith (Lucy)
Bianca Berry Tarantino (Young Gloria)
Tommy Bertelsen (Past Boyfriend)
In 2018, Gloria Cole read me a story she had written in her notebook. It was around 2 or 3 powerful pages of radical honesty. It was raw as hell. Poetic and powerful. Terribly sad, but very important. I wiped my tears and asked if she was going write more – turn the short story into a novel or something. She told me she wanted to make a film about it but didn’t know how to write a screenplay. I asked her if I could take a stab. She said yes. After a rough draft, we both saw the potential, but the script wasn’t right yet. For the next couple months, we worked tirelessly perfecting the screenplay, which was difficult at times because of the subject matter. We were, after all, telling Gloria’s personal story of childhood sexual abuse. Not everyday was easy, but I was certainly and continuously inspired. Before production, I read Trauma And Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence by Judith Herman, M.D. There’s a passage I can’t forget. Herman writes, “Most survivors seek the resolution of their traumatic experience within the confines of their personal lives. But a significant minority, as a result of the trauma, feel called upon to engage in a wider world. These survivors recognize a political or religious dimension in their misfortune and discover that they can transform the meaning of their personal tragedy by making it the basis for social action. While there is no way to compensate for an atrocity, there is a way to transcend it, by making it a gift to others.” Gloria is one of these significant minorities. She gave me and the entire cast and crew a gift by being brave enough to tell her story. Such atrocities should never happen to anyone, so thank you, Gloria, for transcending it with such honesty and strength and making those with similar pasts less lonely.
Shane Coffey has been taking pictures and making films since he was a little kid in Houston, using whatever cameras he could get his hands on. His need to tell stories took over early, so the stage became his second home. He performed in dozens of plays before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked, studied, and graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Southern California. While there, he also directed a number of plays including Lanford Wilson’s Burn This and Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He co-founded the theatre company The Casitas Group, acting in and producing notable works such as Sam Shepard’s True West and an exclusive engagement of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. During all of this, he was making short films. He was also watching an insane amount of movies. Soon after graduating, he started booking film and television roles. Over the past decade, Shane has been in over 30 projects, giving him a thorough education of filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera.