THE YARDS marks Gray's second feature film. Prior to THE YARDS and Little Odessa, Gray attended film school at the University of Southern California. It was there that his student film Cowboys and Angels was first seen by producer Paul Webster, who encouraged Gray to write his first feature script.
As a child growing up in Queens, New York, Gray aspired to be a painter. However, when introduced in his early teenage years to the work of various filmmakers, including Francis Ford Coppola, Gray's interests expanded to the art of filmmaking. THE YARDS returned Gray to Queens where the story takes place.
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