Live Action Shorts

The Silent Child
The Silent Child

The Silent Child

The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

This movie is beautifully filmed and well-acted.  The story has enough open questions to make this into an interesting full-length film.   Maisie Sly and Rachel Shenton are excellent as Libby and JoAnn.

Overview

Principle Cast Rachel Shenton, Rachel Fielding, Maisie Sly
Director  Chris Overton
Screenwriter Rachel Shenton
Cinematographer Ali Farahani
Editor  Emily Walder
 
Run Time 20 minutes
Genre Short, Drama
Premier August 8, 2017
 
DeKalb Elementary
DeKalb Elementary

DeKalb Elementary

Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

This movie was more situational than scripted.  Nothing seems to be discovered or solved by making this movie.  The production quality is similar to a documentary.

Overview

Principle Cast Shinelle Azoroh, Bo Mitchell, John Brockus, Michael Brown
Director  Reed Van Dyk
Screenwriter Reed Van Dyk
Cinematographer Jon Peter  
Editor  Reed Van Dyk
 
Run Time 21 minutes
Genre Short, Drama
Premier South X Southwest 2017
 

 

The 11 O'Clock
The 11 O’Clock

The Eleven O’Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

A funny SNL type skit with a clever “Who’s on First” routine.  A few plot flaws mar its complete success.

Overview 

Principle Cast Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Eliza Logan
Director Derin Seale
Screenwriter Josh Lawson
Cinematographer Matt Toll
Editor  Drew Thompson
 
Run Time 13 minutes
Genre Short, Comedy
Premier Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2016
 
My Nephew Emmett
My Nephew Emmett

My Nephew Emmett

At 2:30 a.m. on August 28, 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.

This short has a feature length feel.  It is well acted and the cinematography is very good.   The ending with the reporter was interesting.

Overview   

Principle Cast L.B. Williams , Joshua Wright, Dorian Davis, Jasmine Guy
Director Kevin Wilson, Jr.
Screenwriter Kevin Wilson, Jr.
Cinematographer Laura Valladao
Editor Alex DeMille
 
Run Time 13 minutes
Genre Short, History, Drama
Premier Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival 2017
 
Watu Wote: All of Us
Watu Wote: All of Us

Watu Wote: All of Us

For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

This is a powerful film.  It has high production quality and an excellent cast.   The prevailing message is very important in today’s world.

Overview 

Principle Cast Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahad Ahmed
Director Katja Benrath
Screenwriter Julia Drache, Alexander Ikawah
Cinematographer Felix Striegel
Editor Julia Drache
 
Run Time 22 minutes
Genre Short, Drama
Premier 2017, Germany
 

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