Friday, April 13 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM
Shorts Block: Southern Scenes
House of June | Atlanta, GA | 6 min
Genre: Experimental Short
Once upon a time in Atlanta, four young children overcome the forces of gravity to embark on a cosmic adventure. For everyone else, time stands still.
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
Amber L.N. Bournett & Ebony Blanding:
1. What is your connection to the South?
Ebony: “One for the money, yes sir, two for the show / A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe / Was the start of something good / When me and my ***** rode the MARTA, through the hood…” I wanted to quote Outkast last year when asked this question but I’m Southern and waited until we were more familiar with each other.
Amber: After globetrotting with my military parents, my dad
retired in the south. I’ve been a resident since. I have roots here and of course “Now question is every nigga with dreads for the cause? Is every nigga with golds for the fall? Naw…So don’t get caught in appearance Its Outkast Aquemini another Black experience Okay.” We should do a documentary.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Ebony: My heart was broken. Recordings of Black life extinguished by state violence were on Facebook. I lost track of the names of those murdered. I wondered how would life be for Black children if they were able to physically levitate. I dreamed of them ascending.
Amber: I’ve always been a fan of syfy and adventure. I was
inspired by the vibe of E.T., The Explorers, and The Goonies. I loved these films as of kid, but of course there were no black kids. Visually, I wanted the Indigoes to represent pioneers, embarking on a journey that would lead them to a new place. I got that feeling from the haunting slave narrative, The People Could Fly, by Virginia Hamilton.
3. How did you start making films?
Ebony: Once I got the courage to call myself a filmmaker, I made work until I really believed I was a filmmaker and then kept making work to see myself fuck up less in my practice. Each new film created presents the opportunity to fuck up less. That’s how I see it sans the theoretical.
Amber: I started in music videos and eventually moved to narrative. It started as a way to tell my own narrative.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Ebony: We directed and worked with children age 7-16, each
moment was filled with the “wtf” and “awww”, they made us
work and prove we could direct.
Amber: This was our first time incorporating steadicam, drone, and, a three axis gimbal in our projects. It was a really fun shoot.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie
Ebony: Watching other films ands meeting the filmmakers.
Amber: Watching other films.
6. Why should someone see your film?
Ebony: It’s not everyday you see Black kids levitating into cosmic.
Amber: The scoring on this film is amazing and black kids dripping in glitter.
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