After witnessing the mass drowning of her friends and struggling with the decision not to jump in, 15-year old Tiana must decide if she will join the order of black mermaids that protect the waters where her friends rest. This film is partly inspired by the 2010 mass drowning of six black teens in a Shreveport, Louisiana sinkhole. None of them could swim. The film blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memory in a post- BP oil spill New Orleans.
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2012 Princess Grace Film Scholarship- Cary Grant Film Award
Calarts Diversity Grant
Jasmine Brittany Johnson as Tiana
Kelvin Harrison as Kareem
Oliver Thomas (HBO's "Treme") as Honore
Chasity Rogers as Noel
Constance Thompson as Merma
Michole Briana White ("I Will Follow," "25th Hour," "Stick Fly") as Older Tiana
Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Nijla Baseema Mu'min
Producer: Jevonne Bowman
DP: Soraya Selene
Costume Designer: Lux Haac
Executive Producers: Kimya Dawson ("Juno"), Sarah Harrison, and H&S Construction
Music: "You Don't Know What Love Is," performed by Michole Briana White
Shot on location in New Orleans and Franklinton, Louisiana. This film was made possible with support from WONDERFUL Indiegogo supporters, The Princess Grace Foundation, Calarts MFA Writing and Film Directing Programs, Arri CSC, Fedex, and Film New Orleans.