From the creator of Hustle & Flow, Craig Brewer and MTV Networks present $5 Cover — a rough-and-tumble show set in the clubs, all-nite cafes and no-tell motels of present-day Memphis. The series follows a cast of young musicians including Memphis rappers Al Kapone and Muck Sticky, singer/songwriter Valerie June and other cast members as they fight for love, inspiration, and money to pay the rent.
Brewer was thinking about doing the $5 Cover series since even before his Oscar-winning film Hustle & Flow. The idea came to him way back in July of 2003, when a summer storm (later dubbed “Hurricane Elvis”) slammed Memphis, according to the Sundance Channel.
“After a week of no power, all of this drama started happening,” said Brewer, who was living with several musicians at the time. “People started hooking up with people they weren’t supposed to be hooking up with. There were fights…,” added Brewer.
The MTV web series is composed of 15 episodes, each 6-8 minutes long, and will preview next at the Oxford Film Fest in Oxford, MS on Feb 7 following Sundance.
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