Sweaty Betty crackles with authenticity. In fact, the trailer introduces characters and a cinema verite esthetic that feel like a documentary. But directors Joseph Frank and Zachary Reed weaved the film from the real and the imagined they found in their lower-income neighborhood of Hyattsville, Maryland.
Rico and Scooby are two teen dads who try and sell the dog that a stranger handed them. Rich is a portly Redskins fan who wants to make his enormous pet pig, Miss Charlotte, famous. “Forget tomorrow — as long as I get through today, we’re straight,” says Rico, capturing the ethos of the community.
Produced by Straight Outta Compton‘s Bill Straus, Betty premiered at SXSW and will open in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. on Jan. 8. An iTunes, Amazon Instant, Xbox, VOD and DVD release will follow on Jan. 12.