Camera Store Synopsis
It’s Christmas Eve morning 1994. Ray LaPine ( John Larroquette) and his loquacious, liquored-up salesman Pinky Steuben ( John Rhys-Davies) are trying to make it through the biggest shopping day of the year, again. Two decades ago, their camera store was a thriving neighborhood business. Today, Bibideaux Photographic has withered into a sad relic of a bygone era.
The two men now find themselves trapped while merely keeping the store alive for their wealthy, amoral, and absent boss, Mr. Bibideaux (Paul Ben-Victor). But there is something different about today. With the arrival of an old friend, Ray gets word of a big change coming to the business he thought he knew so well. Ray must act immediately to save himself from the sinking ship before he loses the little chance he has for a better life.
“Camera Store” not only explores what happened to the American Dream, but why did the pursuit of that dream become not just colder—but sport? Not only were corporations gunning people’s lives and livelihoods, but the people doing it were enjoying it.
So, what’s changed? Many of these are well-trained workers and professionals, who have had their jobs eliminated and have been downgraded from the middle class to the working poor. How have we come as a society and as a people to accept that as a moral behavior?
A Provocator Production of a Scott Marshall Smith film, Camera Store stars John Larroquette, John Rhys-Davies, Justin Lieberman, Laura Silverman, Paul Ben-Victor, Maddie McCormick, with David James Elliott and Cheryl Ladd. Written, directed and produced by Scott Marshall Smith, along with producers Robert Reed Peterson, Albert Dickerson III and Nicholas Cafritz. Director of photography is Yaron ‘Ron’ Levy. Editor is Ryan Dufrene. Composer is Justin Burnett. Production Designer is Nate Jones and Costume Designer is Jillian Kreiner. Special Effects Coordinator is Dave Nami and Stunt Coordinator is Kevin Beard. Camera Store was filmed entirely on location at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner, Louisiana in the fall of 2015.