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From homelessness to Hollywood: How director Elegance Bratton made The Inspection

When I first saw the trailer for The Inspection, a new film about a Black, gay man joining the Marine corps in the age of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I let out an excitable, “No freaking way!” I was there several years ago, when the film’s creator, Elegance Bratton, first decided to turn his pitch into a professional screenplay. Bratton and I met in 2016 while studying at NYU – I as a clueless college freshman, he as a graduate student pursuing his MFA in directing — and partaking in the university’s Development Studio fellowship. With guidance from award-winning writers like Terrence Winter (The Sopranos) and Tony Gilroy (Jason Bourne), we spent the better part of a year workshopping our juvenile one-page summaries into feature-length scripts, offering constructive criticism on each other’s drafts.
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Marine-turned-movie director Elegance Bratton on making ‘The Inspection’

Elegance Bratton was an unlikely Marine. The writer and director of the autobiographical film “The Inspection,” Bratton was raised in New Jersey by a teenage mom who had been orphaned at 10 and worked hard to buy her own home before she died. But she could also be cruel and unforgiving toward her son, whom she perceived as not masculine enough. When he came out to her at age 16, she slapped him in the face and told him he wasn’t wanted in her house.
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