Explicit Ills is actor turned helmer, Mark Webber's directorial debut. The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. Babo, an asthma-ridden seven-year-old lives with his mother (Rosario Dawson) in the badlands of North Philly. His neighbor Demetri transforms himself into a well-read "smart" boy in order to get the girl. Michelle, a well-off art student is quick to fall into a drug-induced love affair with her dealer Jacob. Kaleef and Jill's marriage is strained as they pursue their dreams of bringing "produce to the people" as their teenage son Heslin focuses on competing in the World's Strongest Man competition. The lyrical and moving drama finds its core as all members come together in their fight for justice and self-discovery. We recently caught up with Rosario Dawson to discuss the project with her. To watch our exclusive interview, click on the video clip below:

Explicit Ills opens this Friday, March 6th, 2009.

B. Alan Orange