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Former Middlesex resident releases 2nd movie

Back, from left, are “The Two Plates” producer Lee Chiles, and lead actors Assassin and Ambush. Sitting is writer/director Jonathan Straiton, formerly of Middlesex.
The movie “The Two Plates,” written and directed by Jonathan Straiton of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Wake and Urbanna, was released this week and is now available at video stores and Netflix.

“The Two Plates” is Straiton’s second movie. His first movie was “Big Fish in Middlesex,” which is also available on DVD.

“The Two Plates” is the story of best friends who, after growing up on the mean streets of Richmond, embark on the ultimate hustle after they come across counterfeit currency plates.

Their money laundering scheme lands them on the radar of not only Richmond authorities but also the Secret Service. A full investigation and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensue.

“The Two Plates not only explores the lifestyle of the hustler and the ‘hood but also the characters that dwell there,” said Straiton. “These are real people . . . real people in bad situations, but they’re not that different from the rest of us. They face the challenges we all face, only under different circumstances.”


Eugene Pearce of Richmond, formerly of Topping, helped produce “The Two Plates.” Pearce also worked with Straiton on “Big Fish in Middlesex.”

Actor Michael Wingfield of Water View has a small cameo role in “The Two Plates.” He also was an actor in “Big Fish in Middlesex.”

The movie played to a sell-out audience at the Byrd Theater in Richmond when it made its public debut.

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posted 02.10.2010

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