Screened Saturday, October 11, 2008
Living on the fringes of society, Red, a New Orleans street hustler sells carnations to keep himself and his disabled lover, Sal alive. But he has dreams beyond mere survival. Living on a top bunk in a crowded halfway house, Red struggles to earn enough money to get a little place that he and Sal can call their own. Dashing through the street, from car to car with a beat-up grocery cart, Red pushes his flowers to the drivers stopped at the light. With a day on the grind behind him, He can’t wait to get back to Sal with the everything they need to fulfill their dream. Heading through the dark streets of the Treme district, Red encounters a sinister face from his past outside of an old haunt. Averting the temptation to follow him into the club, Red presses on with his money and dignity. But when he makes a fateful stop at the local convenient store, Red is instantly stripped of all he has when a woman, possibly more desperate than he, holds up the shop. His will, near broken by the incident, is in the balance as he weighs his desire for a home with Sal against the realities of urban life.