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A man struggling with mental illness finds that a new romance both helps and hurts his condition in this independent drama. Jacob (Michael Ealy) was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during a stay in a mental institution after he attacked a stranger in public. Jacob returns home to a less-than-sympathetic family; his mother (Angela Nirvana) gives him a place to stay but refuses to acknowledge her son's problems, while his brother warns him of the consequences should he lose control again. Jacob's friend Paul (Andre Royo) seems to be the only one on his side until he meets Cindy (Opal Alladin), a pretty young single mother who catches his eye. Jacob quickly becomes infatuated with Cindy, and she seems equally fond of him, but the medication he's been taking to calm his violent impulses makes him feel slow and hamper his ability to talk to Cindy. Jacob stops taking his meds, but while for a brief time it helps him to communicate with Cindy as their relationship moves forward, soon he begins to succumb to the disturbing thoughts and uncertain emotions that sent him to the hospital before. The first feature film from director Mark Banning, Jellysmoke was awarded the prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.


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