Jackson (2008 film)

Jackson is a 2008 American comedy-drama-musical film written and directed by J. F. Lawton and starring Barry Primus and Charlie Robinson.[1]

Directed byJ. F. Lawton
Produced byRyan Pilon
Written byJ. F. Lawton
StarringBarry Primus
Charlie Robinson
Steve Guttenberg
Debra Jo Rupp
Music byFrankie Blue
CinematographyJack Conroy
Edited byRoderick Davis
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States


Jackson is about two homeless men in Los Angeles, Donald and Sam. At the start of the day Donald is given a $20 bill (also known as a "Jackson"). The film follows the two and shows their adventures throughout the day with this money, and features songs from various operas.


Musical numbers

  1. "Una furtiva lagrima from Donizetti's Elixer of Love – Richard Brown and Shawnette Sulker
  2. "Champagne Aria" from Mozart's Don Giovanni – Cedric Trenton Berry
  3. "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen – Elaa Lee Romani/ Chorus: Ariella Vaccarino, Aleta Braxton, Pilar Diaz, Tahlia McCollum
  4. Sextet from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor – Jennifer Suess, William Gorton, Michael Sokol, Fred Winthrop, Benjamin Von Atrops, Leberta Clark; Music performed by Remy Zero
  5. Monologue by Ibn Hakia from Tchaikovsky's Iolanta – John R. Jackson
  6. "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi – Gustavo Hernandez Jr.
  7. "Va, pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco – Socialists: Clamma Dale, Kimarie Torre, Lauren Lee
    Chorus: Laura Decher, Frances Garcia, Erin Neff, Sara MacBride, Gregory Stapp, Antoine Garth, Gary Murphy, Tom Oberjat, Raphaela Rose Primus
  8. "Love Cannot Be" (written by J.F. Lawton)
  9. "El Pueblo" – George Lawton and John Cross
  10. "Vamos a la Fiesta" – Julie Griffin
  11. "Abrabo" – Way Depp, Robidebs Okyeame, Paa Dogo and Brekete
  12. "I Wish I Was in Dixie Land" – John B.J. Smith
  13. "Downtown Birthday" (written by J.F. Lawton)

Production details

Jackson was filmed mainly in Los Angeles with the exception of one scene shot in Kentucky.


  • 2009 Swansea Bay Film Festival
    • Best in Festival
  • 2009 The Conscious Life Film Festival
    • Indigo Award
  • 2009 Treasure Coast International Film Festival
    • Best Feature Film
    • Best Editing
  • 2008 International Film Festival of South Africa
    • Best Feature Film
  • 2008 Non Violent Film Festival
    • Best Feature Film
  • 2008 Lakedance Film Festival
    • Audience Award for Best Feature Film
  • 2008 Socal Film Festival
    • Best Feature Film
    • Best Director
    • Best Actor: Barry Primus


  1. "2008 Winners". SoCal Film Festival. 2008.
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