Mary-Louise Parker Fights for Her Gang-Member Son in 'Jamesy Boy' (Exclusive Video)

The "Weeds" star won't let her child slip through the system in a first look at Trevor White's directorial debut.

“We have some concerns,” an admissions officer tells Tracey (Mary-Louise Parker). It's a prelude to the administration's lengthy list of reasons why her son James (Spencer Lofranco) won't be attending high school. In fact, maybe he belongs in a prison.

Based on the true story of James Burns, Jamesy Boy is the story of a teenager who drifts from life in a street gang to a maximum-security institution, surrounded by convicts. What James can't find in schools, he discovers in jail. While incarcerated, he bonds with a convicted murderer (Ving Rhames), who becomes a much needed mentor in the ways of surviving and thriving. In this exclusive clip from the film, we see an education system resisting the wayward, failing a mother, and pushing a young person further into despair.

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Jamesy Boy is the feature debut of writer/director Trevor White. The film costars James Woods, Taissa Farmiga, and Taboo of Black Eyed Peas.

Phase 4 Films and XLrator Media will be release Jamesy Boy on VOD January 3rd and in theaters January 17th.