Men Without Jobs

Men Without Jobs

Director: Mad Matthewz Cast: Ishmael Butler, Bonz Malone, Anita Kopacz



Mad Matthewz makes his feature debut as a writer/director with Men Without Jobs. Ish (Ishmael Butler, formerly of the jazz-influenced rap group Digable Planets) and Oz (Bonz Malone of Slam) are roommates scrounging by in Brooklyn, barely scraping the rent together each month, and ignoring their bills. They spend their days hanging out, smoking, drinking, and playing video games. Ish wants to make it in the music biz, while Oz watches daytime cooking shows and puts his culinary skills to work impressing the grandmother of his young daughter, in hopes that his little girl will eventually come to live with him. Occasionally they visit their favorite record store, where Ish plans to buy rare R&B records when he gets some money, and peppers the proprietor with potential band names. Their pal Junie (Andre Royo of HBO's The Wire) frequently pops by, begging to be in their as yet unformed band, bragging about his beats, and lying about meetings with famous producers. Ish makes regular visits to his parents' house, but only when they aren't home. He raids the fridge and borrows his dad's (Reg E. Cathey) old records. One day, Ish meets Veronica (Anita Kopacz), a pretty young woman who shares his interest in graffiti and music. Veronica encourages Ish's creative ambitions, but his reluctance to take the next step -- to actually follow through on his dreams -- threatens their relationship. Oz, meanwhile, gambles his way into trouble with some local thugs. When he goes on the run, Ish and Veronica decide to go with him. Men Without Jobs had its world premiere at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
UPC: 0025195002615
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Screen Media
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ishmael Butler Ish
Bonz Malone Oz
Anita Kopacz Veronica
Andre Royo Junie
Michael C. Maronna E-Man
Reg E. Cathey Mr. Morgan
Adrian Martinez Wolfy
Stephanie Berry Mrs. Morgan
Hope Clarke Ms. Jackson
Stu "Large" Riley Smokey
Roberta Wallach Dolores

Technical Credits
Mad Matthewz Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Banning Associate Producer
Cliff Charles Cinematographer
Reyad Farraj Executive Producer
Dave B. Flynch Sound/Sound Designer
Zulema Griffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellyn Long Marshall Casting
Hannah Morrow Production Designer
Marie E. Nelson Casting
Gingi Rochelle Producer
David Shuff Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Planet Brooklyn
1. Band Names [8:36]
2. Goin' to See Ms. Jackson [6:07]
3. Graffiti [9:54]
4. Giving up the Bedroom [7:08]
5. Another Chance [11:25]
6. A Gift From the Parents [5:28]
7. The Record [5:35]
8. Running Off [10:47]
9. Three Weeks Are Up [9:31]
10. A Talk With Father [8:31]
11. The Wedding [7:16]
12. Credits [1:38]

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