Millville director rides 'Expressway'
By DAVID PESCATORE
The Daily Journal -
Aug. 13, 2004
Profitt's character doesn't know what is in the packages he carts down the Expressway, nor
does he want to.
"The movie is about the struggle between my faith and my loyalty to my family," he said.
Profitt developed a love for the stage when he took a theater class as a junior at Millville High
School. He said that he took the class because it fit into a hole in his class schedule and "it
sounded like an easy 'A'"
"I really started to get into it," he said. "I remember my first monologue, 'Superman Gets a
New Job;' the response was amazing."
After high school, Profitt began his quest to become an actor. He scored his first starring role
in the 1998 independent film, "Cold Storage." He also took part in a re-enactment scene in a
David Berkowitz documentary on the Discovery Channel.
Though he said his first love is acting, Profitt wanted more control over his work. That desire
led him to the director's chair.
"Writing and directing came from wanting control. When I did my first movie, I was listening
to the director setting up the next shot and I tried to chime in. I was told that I'm the actor and
should just act," he said.
As a director, Profitt said that he welcomes input from his actors.
"Sometimes its setting up a camera a different way or reading a line differently," he said.
"Sometimes, the final result may be (the actor's)."
Vineland actor Tommy Modesto, 31, would agree.
"Jeff is excellent. I didn't know what to expect from him, but I came prepared and he let me
just wing it," said Modesto, who plays an FBI agent tracking Profitt's character in
"Expressway." "He let me do my character my own way. He was great to work with."
Modesto said he loved his first acting experience.
"I wish I could do this full time," he said.
"Expressway" was filmed over nine days, in Atlantic City, Vineland and Millville, for a total of
about $1,000. Profitt said he funded the 40-minute film with earnings from his first movie, the
largely autobiographical "Blue Collar Actor."
"I wanted to improve on the first film in every way," he said. "That one took 38 days. I wanted
to cut that in half, but we did even better."
Of course, $1,000 won't make "The Matrix." Profitt's film, like most indie productions, lacks
the special effects of big-budget films and suffers from poor lighting that sometimes leaves
actors obscured in shadows. These elements can be distracting to the unexpecting viewer.
"My movies are for anyone who likes a good independent film with a message and a meaning,"
"Expressway" will be available on DVD for $8.99 at www.
atlanticcityexpresswaythemovie.com beginning Aug. 24. Preorders will be accepted beginning
Profitt plans to employ "guerrilla marketing" techniques to publicize and sell his movie, posting
fliers, reaching out to the media.
Now that "Expressway" is finished and ready to be released, Profitt is busy planning his next
project. He has an idea for a reality television program featuring bands, singers and filmmakers.
"I want to shoot a pilot and pitch it to local and national networks. I want to help others trying
to break in," he said.
Profitt also is considering expanding one of his short films, "Choice and Consequence" into a
Before that, he is waiting to see himself on the screen in his new movie. Profitt said that
watching himself in a movie is "like a high."
"It drives me crazy to hear actors say they are shy. They are lying. Why get into this business
then? It's all about the gratification of seeing others watch you perform.
"I love it. When you see yourself on the big screen, the feeling overcomes you. You want to do
more. The gratification comes from the reaction you get. I want people to look and say I did a
really good job," he said.
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Running Time: 39min., Color , DVD
Actor/Director Jeff Profitt stars as Andrew McCall a
young man who was raised by his Grandmother and
Uncle from age 7 after his parents fatal car accident.
While growing up he lived with his Grandmother and
was raised to be a good Christian man but his Uncle Ray
showed Andrew the fast way of life. Andrew now
works as a runner, dropping off and picking up
packages from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, for his
Uncleâ€™s small organized crime operation. One day
while making a drop off in Atlantic City Andrew is
confronted by the FBI. The FBI informs Andrew that
his Uncle may be planning a contract killing to have his
competition taken out. Now Andrew must chose
between loyalty to his Uncle or doing the right thing.