“RESIDUE” is the compelling journey of three families that live in and around the DMV area. Even though the combined cities are considered to be some of the most educated and prosperous urban areas in the United States, the families have been struggling on a regular basis just to make sense of the normalcy of their day to day routines.
The Johnsons are battling depression due to the untimely death of their son. He was heedlessly murdered by a police officer while coming home from a family vacation. They were celebrating his acceptance into the Ivy League School of his choosing. The Johnsons’ existence has now been ruptured and their spirituality has been hindered in such a way that they are fighting with one another trying to sustain themselves from the emptiness they have succumb to since that warm day in August. The once unbreakable bond shared amongst a happy family has since vanished with nothing left but the residue of fond memories.
Yolanda Green finally met the man of her dreams, married him and had two beautiful children. One afternoon, her husband missed their daily afternoon love chat. When her phone finally rang, it was the police department informing her of an accident involving her loved one. Once she received the full story, she succumbed into a state of seclusion. She lacked support, focus and often suffered from anxiety. She tried to be strong for her children’s well-being, but was becoming undone at the seams every day. Her life-changing alteration is moving her in directions that she is unsettled with. She has to find herself, in order to know her true wealth and learn how to move forward for the sake of her family.
Gary McNeal graduated from college with honors with a technical degree but decided to follow the family tradition of becoming a cop. He admired and often mimicked the men within his family that had become pillars within the community while serving and protecting.
Once Gary was on the force, he noticed discrepancies, insubordination and misconduct that shouldn’t be ignored by any law enforcing establishment. He is now torn between upholding the honest duty to his community, the loyalty amongst his brothers and sisters in blue and his deteriorating inner self-respect. He wants nothing more than rightful justice and fair treatment but often dwindles under the influential thoughts of having his fellow officer’s turn on him.
According to Webster’s dictionary, RESIDUE is something that remains after a part is separated, designated, or after the completion of a process. This same process speaks to the face of old and current challenges that plague our communities across the United States. People are no longer so sure if they will be able to cope with the aftermath of police brutality on any level. Some policemen have to choose between their life, honesty, job, self-respect and the backlash that accompanies any of their decisions. This movie production is a hard-hitting social message highlighting stories of strength, spirituality, injustice, self-respect and determination. It also speaks to the variety of movements that our cities have been absorbed with which has highlighted our broken justice system.