The Origin of Crossing Streets

Crossing Streets started off as an idea — a buddy-cop TV drama combining a city detective and a minister. The story potential was strong, but producing a spec pilot for TV is expensive and risky. So when we (Alexander Films) first approached Straight Street about producing a DrabNot film, and Straight Street talked about a human trafficking story, we pitched the buddy cop drama instead. Having just come off a human-trafficking production (Finding Faith), we wanted to do something different, something mainstream that would draw in a larger audience and not be so bleak. Understanding the seriousness of human trafficking — even in SW Virginia — we didn’t want to ignore the subject, however, we desired to tell a compelling character-driven story that focused on the relationship between two opposites — Detective Marcus Williams and Minister Samuel Gray. The initial pitch would soon become Crossing Streets.

During the conversation leading up to the story specifics, we knew that getting buy-in from local police would be essential. Straight Street has a standing relationship with the Roanoke City Police, therefore the next step was pitching the idea to Chief Perkins. With the affirmative support of the Roanoke City Police, and production support from Greene Memorial UMC, Alexander Films green lit the project and began a script.

Bringing on writer Daniel Bowden was the next step. Daniel was a new script writer, but his passion for the project became evident as he crafted a story that brought the teen outreach, city police, and the community together. Marc A Hutchins, director and producer of Crossing Streets, joined Daniel and the script came to life. In an unprecedented time frame, Daniel and Marc took Daniel’s story and crafted an 89-page beauty. The work continued on the script up until Day #1 of shooting, then saw a few scene rewrites through principle photography.