The Edge of Town

  • Director

    Matthew Gerrish

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2022, 14 minutes 7 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!



In Person Date, Time & Location:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH •  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MoMI Bartos • 36-01 35th Ave • Queens, NY 11106


Standing Your Ground: Four films that don’t give in.


After losing his job, army vet James Morris joins his friend Bruce Thompson on a vigilante drug bust in an attempt to do “something good.” It doesn’t go as planned…


Matthew Gerrish, Director, For the Benefit of Mr. Winston, Rooftops of My City
Matthew Gerrish, Write, rFor the Benefit of Mr. Winston
Sangmi Lee, Producer, For the Benefit of Mr. Winston, Her Secrets
Christopher Michael Ward, Key Cast, “James Morris”Cherry Bomb, J-1, Pasos de Valor
Paul Hickert, Key Cast, “Bruce Thompson”The Blacklist, Law and Order SVU, Manifest
David Liam Ventura, Key Cast, “Daniel Romero”For the Benefit of Mr. Winston, The Norm, Solar Wind
Shu Hirayama, Director of Photography, For the Benefit of Mr. Winston, Lemon, Bloom
Matthew Gerrish, Editor, For the Benefit of Mr. Winston
Matthew Gerrish, Executive Producer, For the Benefit of Mr. Winston

Director Statement

I wrote this when I felt purposeless. It’s easy to fall through the cracks when feeling this way, and that’s when people get used. That’s James. It’s surprising what someone like that will do with some encouragement and a little push from the wrong person.

Director Biography

My desire to make films came at a young age when my parents wouldn’t buy me the lego set for “young filmmakers” (not sure if anyone else remembers those). Eventually they did buy me a camera in high school, and I got a bit obsessed. I ended up going to Emerson College for screenwriting, was nominated for some EVVYs, and did pretty well at the Austin Film Festival.

After that, I studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for two years. I was taught by amazing teachers such as Geoffrey Horne and Robert Ellermann. I did things I never thought I’d ever do like sing, dance, and cry in front of an audience. It broke me out of a shell I didn’t really know I was stuck in.

Since then, I’ve been creating my own projects. For the Benefit of Mr. Winston, The Edge of Town, and currently finishing up a short film based on Rajiv Joseph’s play Gruesome Playground Injuries.