The police shooting of an unarmed black teen causes friction within a mixed-race Los Angeles family. Ivan, the youngest sibling, is stalked by visions of Jimmy Keene’s floating corpse. Torn between the opposing worldviews of his two older sisters, Ivan searches for his voice while the family divisions heighten after the parents take sides. Director and star Caleb Jaffe has an original and authentic new voice that is highlighted in this premiere episode.
A racially charged incident during his freshmen year in college left him anxious and confused. Before then, his mixed-race background was just part of how he defined himself. Answering questions about identity took on a new urgency. So Caleb Jaffe—a 21-year-old Culver City, California, native—took his savings, left school, and decided to make a film about the confusion. It’s Not About Jimmy Keene is his first professional production.