Chapter & Verse

Synopsis: Upon his return from serving a ten-year sentence in prison, reformed gang leader, S. Lance Ingram, struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Unable to use the technological skills he acquired in jail, Lance is forced to accept a position delivering meals for a local food bank. It is here that he befriends Ms. Maddy, 75, a past beauty with a irreverent and hardened shell to whom he delivers dinners. Through her, Lance finds hope, relearning the joys of life and living despite the outwardly bedeviled society in which they find themselves.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jamal Joseph
Production: Harlem Film Company
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


(siren wailing)

My name is S. Lance Ingram.

They used to call me "L."

Or Crazy L from 118th.

Check these streets.

Check with your crew

in the joint.

Find out who I am.

(music playing)

(drums playing)


Wait for it.

What about Pentium servers?

A lot of our calls are for

upsizing Cisco crossovers.


You know, walk me

through it once, I'm good.

Okay, great, thanks.

We'll get back to you.

You have to fill out

the application online.

Once we check your background

and your references,

then we'll call you

for an interview.

- No jobs, no jobs.

- I'll work the first week

for free.

- Go away.

- No harm, no foul.

- Check it, I'm good.

- Hey, hey. Don't touch


Come on, man.

Give me a chance.

- Yes, police.

- All right. All right,

I'm leaving.

(drums playing)

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thank you. Appreciate it.

How are you doing, sir?

Little change,

dollar, smile,

a thumbs up,



Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

Have a great day.

You've been

a wonderful audience.

When I call your name,

I don't care where

you are in line,

just step forward.

John Hand.

Man #2:

All that DNA bullshit.

I liked it better

in the old days when they

gave you a cup to piss in.

Keep it down, folks.

Gulp down a half

a bottle of vinegar,

your shit will still

come out clean.


Print it

and sign it.

- Find a job?

- Not yet.

- It's been four weeks.

- I've been out there every day.

By rights, I should

put you on a van back

to Green Haven tomorrow.

Go there. 9:
00 a.m.

Supervisor's name

is Yolanda Reyson.

A food pantry?

Come on, Mr. Morris,

they had me working

in a mess hall

in the joint

for eight years.

- Then you should be good to go.

- I got two computer


I took piano lessons.

You don't see my ass

up in Carnegie Hall.

Be there 8:

or I'll cuff you

on the prison van.

Fellas, curfew's at 9:00 p.m.

At 9:
05, I lock the door

and you're violated.

Have a good one.

- (chatter in distance)

- (ball bouncing)

Go, go, go, go.

All right, go ahead.

Go, go, go.

All right, these pies,

they should be sliced

and put in trays.

Come on. Let's go.

We should've been

prepping for dinner already.

What's going on over here, huh?

Excuse me.

Half the clients

are gonna starve before

you make this delivery.

Cohen, you better wake up.

You back on drugs?

Just what the clinic

gives me for my nerves.


Santiago's out with the flu.

- And you are high

on tranquilizers.

- I'm fine.

All right, you know what?

Follow me.

Move it.

Okay, you're gonna

take the keys to

van number two

and you are gonna

handle this route.

- I needs to be out by two.

Let's go.

- I can't drive.

Oh, my goodness.

Wow, another useless body.

Okay, do you know

how to run a straight line?

- Yeah.

- Okay.

Then run your butt to the subway

and make the deliveries.

Make the deliveries.

(music playing)


I know we didn't discuss

Harlem as a possible local,

but this is such

an up-and-coming--

- It's the hottest new area.

- No, no, no.

- I've heard that.

- And I love this building.

- Woman #2:

- Woman:
Beautiful views

- of both Harlem

and Central Park.

- Man:

There's a rooftop garden

and a garden in the back.

- Man:

- 1.2 million.

- Lovely.

- All right. That's great, Faye.

- This is so nice for Harlem.

- Faye?

Everything else

around here has been

going for much more,

so you're gonna save

yourself a lot of money.

(music playing)

(chatter, laughter)

- I think they play tonight.

- Yo, I got five on it.

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