This neo-noir meets Spaghetti Western crime drama pushes the boundaries of style and takes the viewers on a thrilling ride into the story of Jo Lee Haywood - a single mother and neighborhood bar owner who spent years trying to escape her violent past. But when a local mobster and his gang of thugs come knocking on her door, Jo is forced to embrace her inner demons and confront her deadly history in order to protect her family and property. Still waters run deep in this stylistic, neo-noir crime saga.
''The visually arresting, wickedly entertaining crime drama Pickings; marks an impressive narrative feature directing debut by Usher Morgan, who also wrote, edited and produced. He's a talent to watch''
The Los Angeles Times
''Pickings is visually stirring, kick ass and entertaining but not at the expense of a story which does not shy away from the cycle of pain that comes with a life shaped by violence... confidant filmmaking!"
UK Film Review
"For a micro budgeted, indie title - 'Pickings' offers a 'lot' of bang for the buck. It's fun. It's exciting and, dare I say... even sexy. One of the better indie titles I've seen in the last year. Easily."
22 Indie Street
''What writer-director-producer-cinematographer Usher Morgan's Pickings has by the boatload is visual pizzazz of the Sin City variety from the neon-drenched shadows to live-action images that morph into graphic-novel-style panels and back again, it's dazzling and all the more impressive because it was executed on an incredibly low budget''
Film Journal International
"The mix of action and style blend well... and it's all put together in just the right way. If that weren't enough, Morgan even manages to mix in some serious and dramatically sadder scenes, to keep the story flowing. Something rarely done right, in the indie film world. 'Pickings' earns every single star I've awarded. Highly recommended viewing. One to watch for."
Indyred Film Reviews
"The sheer creativity and passion behind this project is undeniable, from its gorgeous cinematography and lighting to its energetic acting to its character driven story. Usher Morgan wanted to create a film that was equals parts completely badass and substance with a fun and emotional oddball of a western/noir hybrid."