He Could’ve Gone Pro is a powerful short drama film written and directed by McGhee Monteith starring Stephen Garrett, McGhee Monteith and Cecelia Wingate. The direction of photography is by Ryan Earl Parker, the editing is by Raymond Chu and the music is by Jamison Hollister. For the full credits click here.
Debbie returns home for an obligatory Christmas dinner with her steel magnolia mother, but simmering resentment explodes to expose a long-held family secret, leaving the holiday – and the family – shattered.
Filmmaker and actor McGhee Monteith was born and raised along the Blues Highway in Northern Mississippi. After working extensively as an actor in theatre both in the Southeast and New York, McGhee appeared in the Oscar-winning film Walk the Line where she played Johnny Cash’s sister Reba Cash, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix. Other acting credits include The Undying, Butterfly Rising, Love Meet Hope, and ABC digital’s American KoKo, produced by Emmy winner Viola Davis. In 2016, McGhee made her directorial debut with the short film He Could’ve Gone Pro. The film follows an estranged Southern family through their tenuous reunion on Christmas Day, and aspires to reflect the uniquely human experiences of McGhee’s Southern home and roots. He Could’ve Gone Pro was named the overall Grand Prize winner of the Memphis Film Prize, making McGhee the first female Film Prize winner in the history of the organization and has since garnered several other awards. McGhee recently completed production on her latest short, Jesus & Jimmy Ray, in which she stars, wrote, and directed. She is also the co-creator of the upcoming comedic digital series, Whitney and Britni. McGhee currently resides in Los Angeles.
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