Cincinnati native Brandon Harris returned to his hometown in 2010 to shoot his directorial debut, a micro-budgeted drama about three grief-stricken guys (played by Andrew Katz, Evan Louison and Nathan Ramos) dealing with the mysterious death of a good friend. Two years later, Harris is back with the finished film, Redlegs, which opens a weeklong run at the Esquire Theatre on Friday. For those who get excited about such things, Redlegs does feature a plethora of local touchstones that add flavor and texture — vanilla shakes from UDF; the Ohio River; an argument in Northside Tavern’s restroom; fisticuffs with a West Side redneck; a trip to Great American Ball Park; the WEBN fireworks — but it’s Harris’ deft, understated touch as a filmmaker and his game trio of actors that should get just as much attentionRedlegs was inspired by John Cassavetes’ Husbands and Abel Ferrera’s Bad Lieutenant, and the influence of each is readily apparent — from the former’s ability to turn limited resources into a compelling personal vision to the latter’s ability to employ self-lacerating guilt as an effective dramatic device. Harris — a contributing editor at Filmmaker Magazine who studied film at SUNY Purchase in New York — will likely discuss his aforementioned indie filmmaking inspirations and more via post-screening Q&As at the Esquire Friday Nov. 16-Sunday Nov. 18. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.