Riders

Description

Riders is the true story of a group of rogue police officers. As cases multiply of false arrests, police brutality and a myriad of civil rights violations, Civil Rights Attorney John Burris finds it impossible to contend with the Oakland Police Department. A rookie cop Keith Batt, assigned to the Riders, gets entangled in the corruption. Ultimately, he must choose allegiance to the brotherhood of the OPD or his own sense of morality.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Gerard McMurray (director/cowriter) was born and raised in New Orleans's 7th ward. He has been a filmmaker since he picked up his first Super 8 camera back in 2002, while completing his BA in Film at Howard University. Gerard was awarded the 2011 Director's Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award for his short film Battle Buddy, which has screened at numerous film festivals including San Diego Black Film Festival, Women's International Film Festival and the USC Newport Beach Film Showcase. After earning an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Gerard produced his first feature, Fruitvale Station, in Oakland, California.

Ephraim Walker (producer) is a creative producer from Oakland, CA. He attended Howard University and earned both a BA and an MBA. Walker then enrolled at the University of Southern California with the dream of becoming an entertainment attorney. While at USC, he earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from the USC Gould school of Law and a minor in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, Walker took a legal position with The Law Offices of John L. Burris, where his first assignment was to work on the controversial case of Wanda Johnson v. BART (The Oscar Grant Case). Walker reached out to his film school buddy Ryan Coogler, and they went on to create and produce the hit indie film Fruitvale Station, on which Walker served as Consultant Producer. Walker still works in the area of Civil rights, but now uses the media platforms of film and television to produce compelling, socially relevant stories about his community. His current feature film project The Riders was a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Creative Producers fellowship. Walker is currently developing several other media projects and working as a consulting producer for National Geographic.

Film Details
  • Director(s): Gerard McMurray
  • Producer(s): Ephraim Walker
  • Writer(s): Gerard McMurray

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