Former Austinite Chase Joliet makes his feature-length directorial debut with Grapefruit, a drama about second chances that co-stars his real-life wife Steph Barkley. Convicted for voluntary manslaughter and aggregated assault, Joliet’s Travis goes to live with his mother Evelyn in West Texas after his release from prison. But his parole gets off to a rough start when he accidentally violates the restraining order filed against him by his ex-wife. Things start to look up for Travis when he meets Billie at his mother’s AA meeting. Evelyn is somewhat suspicious of Billie she has yet to address her drug and alcohol addictions with the necessary seriousness. But Travis sees Billie as a kindred spirit, and—for better or for worse—places his trust in her as he attempts to restart his life. Steph Barkley stars as Bille, Rosanna Arquette as Evelyn. Grapefruit screens during the Austin Film Festival at 9:45 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for Performing Arts and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin. Former Austinite Chase Joliet makes his feature-length directorial debut with Grapefruit. While filmed in Tracy, Calif., Joliet did a pickup shot in Austin. Joliet previously appeared in and produced Krisha and Buck Alamo, which was directed by Grapefruit producer Ben Epstein. Actor and comedian Steph Barkley has appeared in episodes of Happy Endings and Paradise City in the films The Canyonlands, Bigfoot Famous, Quantum Cowboys, Re-Opening, and Scare Package II: Rad Chad's Revenge, which was produced by the Austin-based Paper Street Pictures. I spoke earlier this month with Grapefruit writer/director/star Chase Joliet and star Steph Barkley.
Note: Chase Joliet and Steph Barkley were cleared to promote Grapefruit because the film is not a struck work under SAG-AFTRA's Ultra Low Budget Project Agreement
Aired: Oct. 25, 2023