Despite life's many disappointments Byrd (Andre Royo, The Wire) still believes in the promise of the American Dream. In the powerfully moving drama CALLOUSED HANDS, he battles his addictions and the recession to get a shot at happiness.
Out of work for six months in a poverty-stricken area of Miami, Byrd places his hopes in get-rich-quick scams that leave him poorer than he started. He is slowly losing the support of his girlfriend Debbie (Daisy Haggard) and her son Josh (Luca oriel), who shows prodigious talent on the baseball field. Byrd trains Josh relentlessly in the backyard, hoping the young kid's skills will translate into cash. As they fall behind in paying their bills, and with Josh showing more interest in studying Judaism than athletics, Byrd reverts to the abusive behavior of his violent and drug-addled past, threatening the lives of those he loves. Will Byrd lose everything or keep flying high with no place to land?
"An unusually perceptive and sensitive first feature." - Miami New Times
"Calloused Hands is kept spinning by the energy and fury of Andre Royo (The Wire), who conveys the desperation and erratic behavior of a man who has failed at life and knows it. Royo's talent is undeniable. Why isn't this actor in more movies?" - Miami Herald
"An exceptional and emotional movie from director Jesse Quinones." - Creative Native
"A moving and emotional film" - itsblackcurrent.com