Ben Scholle Release dateMarch 2005 (2005-03) (New York International
Independent Film and Video Festival)
July 28, 2007 (2007-07-28) (United States) DirectorsCurtis Elliott, Ben Scholle CastCurtis Elliott, Anthony Dorsey, Bryant Johnson, Maurice Bradley Music directorBen Scholle, Vince Deloney Similar moviesReindeer Spotting – Escape from Santaland (2010)
Hairkutt is a 2005 documentary film by Curtis Elliott and Ben Scholle.
The film stars Bryant “HairKutt” Johnson, director Elliott, Maurice Bradley, and Anthony Dorsey as four friends from St. Louis, Missouri, who travel to a remote cabin in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Their plan is to spend a week together to help Hairkutt kick his 15-year addiction to heroin.
Hairkutt longs to kick his heroin addiction in order to finally care for his daughter and to realize his dream of running his own hair-cutting business. His friends, particularly Curtis Elliott, want to help him, so they travel to a cabin in Tennessee, cover its carpeting with plastic sheeting, and prepare restraining ropes on one of the beds. Hairkutt will attempt to kick the habit cold turkey.
It is stated that 99% of attempts to quit heroin cold turkey are unsuccessful.
The first night unfolds, and the tough love of Hairkutt's friends quickly reaches new depths. He writhes in agony, night after night, and as his friends care for him and joust with him verbally, the question is whether this will be Hairkutt's deathbed or a springboard to a new life.
Reese ... Maurice Bradley (himself)
Lark ... Anthony Dorsey (himself)
Curtis ... Curtis Elliott (himself)
HairKutt ... Bryant Johnson (himself)
The cinematography is amateur, yet expertly edited by filmmaker Scholle, and spliced together with interviews with the participants. Subtitle explanations of the story as it unfolds and background on the history of drugs and violence in St. Louis complement the scenes.
Original music by Ben Scholle and Vince Deloney adds texture.
The film won accolades at several documentary film festivals, including Best Documentary at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.