The Duke: Based on the Memoir "I'm the Duke" by J.P. Duke
THE DUKE: BASED ON THE MEMOIR “I AM THE DUKE” BY J.P. DUKE [THE DUKE], a short film by Max Barbakow and starring SONS OF ANARCHY and THE LAST SHIP alum LaMonica Garrett, \is director Max Barbakow’s second film, his first being the autobiographical feature documentary MOMMY, I’M A BASTARD! about his open adoption. THE DUKE was Barbakow’s thesis film as a Directing Fellow at the AFI Conservatory.
THE DUKE uses the form of the short film to construct the reality of J.P Duke, a lovable ex-football player afflicted with CTE. Unlike the controversial Will Smith-vehicle CONCUSSION, Barbakow’s tragicomedy humanizes the men plagued by this malady through a combination of irreverent screwball energy and a focus on the sadness of a gladiator whose days under the bright lights have rendered him all but useless in everyday life.