Boyhood Masculinity

  1. In Chapter 1 of this award-winning short-form series, a teenager recruits the help of a mysterious fisherman to figure out what happened to his father after a confounding disappearance at sea.

    Did you love Chapter 1? Donate $1 to the production of Chapter 2! You can donate via Venmo here: givebutter.com/Beast

    Your donation supports the continuation of the Beast series and helps the project remain an independent production which we believe is crucial to capturing the unreplicable beauty of Beast's remote setting and disappearing culture. Big things come from small places!

    Selected Accolades:
    2018 SXSW - Grand Jury Prize, Episodic
    2018 Bentonville Film Festival - Jury Prize, Episodic
    2019 Telly Award Winner - Directing, Cinematography
    2018 Atlanta Film Festival - Official Selection
    2018 Sidewalk Film Festival - Official Selection
    2018 SeriesFest - Official Selection
    2018 Salute Your Shorts - Jury Award Winner

    Crew:
    created by // ben strang
    written & directed by // ben strang
    starring // elijah mayo, chantal nchako, jay potter, helen hedman
    production // blueprint motion pictures
    produced by // jonathan maurer, david hartcorn, lara pictet, ben strang
    executive producers // jason berman, tony frere, rosemary marie, victory shapiro, raphael swann
    cinematography // david bolen
    editor // manuel crosby
    sound design + mix // sean higgins
    original music // nicholas jacobson-larson
    color // arianna pane
    titles // harshit desai
    visual effects // david nieman, eseraele alemu

    About the film:
    From Maryland-born writer/director Ben Strang, Beast is an episodic short set against the little known world of the Chesapeake Bay maritime — a region of rapidly eroding islands that were once home to a booming fishing industry. Beast explores themes of isolation and resilience of the human spirit through the eyes of Daniel — a teenager from the island’s only African American family — as he desperately searches for answers in his remote and homogeneous hometown. Beast was shot entirely on location on Smith Island, Maryland, 15 miles off-shore in the Chesapeake Bay. The historic island is home to roughly 200 residents whose families date back to the 1600s when John Smith settled the island.

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  2. Write up for POMMEL on Directors Notes
    directorsnotes.com/2020/03/31/paris-zarcilla-pommel/

    Nominated for Best British Short at the BIFAs (British Independent Film Awards), Pommel is a coming-of-age drama set within the world of competitive gymnastics about the tumultuous relationship between two young brothers as they compete for recognition and approval in an upcoming gymnastics competition.

    Written and directed by
    Paris Zarcilla

    British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), "Pommel," 2018 BEST BRITISH SHORT

    East End Film Festival, "Pommel," 2018 Best UK Short Film

    Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, "Pommel," 2018 Winner Special Jury Mention for Excellence in Directing

    Short Shorts Film Asia, "Pommel," 2018 Best Narrative, Nominee for Best International Short

    Norwich Film Festival, "Pommel," 2018 Nominated Best Short Film

    Official Selection London Short Film Festival 2019 "Pommel," 2018

    Cast
    Micheal Tang
    William Tang
    Ian Reddington
    Orion Lee

    Producer
    Sebastian Brown
    Ivan Kevlava

    Executive Producers
    Karen Seah
    Sian Ju Tan
    Jessica Loveland
    Paris Zarcilla

    Director of Photography
    Aaron Rogers

    Editor
    Sarah Brewerton

    Composer
    Andy Dragazis

    Production and Costume Designer
    Amy Addison

    Sound Designer
    Tihomir Vrbanec

    1st Assistant Director
    Lina Remeikaite

    2nd Assistant Director
    Pedro Rilho

    Script Supervisor
    Xenia Taylor

    Camera Operator
    Aaron Rogers

    Steadicam
    Andy Fletcher

    1st Assistant Camera
    Alasdair Banes

    2nd Assistant Camera
    Marti Guliver

    Gaffer
    A.j. Walters

    Best Boy
    Joao Janiero

    Spark
    Dave Allen

    Sound Recordist
    Craig Cassie

    Foley Artists
    Luka Gamulin
    Tihomir Vrbanec

    Make Up Artist
    Emma Slater

    Stunt Coordinator
    Andy Wareham

    VFX
    Miguel Santana Da Silva

    Grade
    Tim Smith

    GRADE PRODUCER
    ARDITH BIRCHALL

    DUBBING MIXER
    IVAN ZELIĆ

    STRINGS
    JENNYMAY LOGAN
    VICKY MATTHEWS

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  3. The story of Yung Lenox: Rap's most prolific (7-year-old) portraitist.

    Described by LA Weekly as the 'Foremost Doodler of Rap', this hilariously endearing film follows Seattle's 7-year-old rap portraitist, Yung Lenox, and his Dad, Skip - an unconventional artistic duo simultaneously navigating the tumultuous worlds of rap and modern-day-parenting. Through Lenox's eyes, ears and encounters with rappers such as Kool Keith and Cam'ron, the film presents an innocent entry point into the idolized and often explicit world of hip hop. It reconsiders the age-old parental advisory debate and the realities of a kid growing up in an adult world. As Skip confronts criticism about his intentions and parenting, Lenox remains unfazed. In his world, art is 'medium important' compared to school, Lego's and Minecraft. And that's why the kid is everyone's favorite artist.

    Directed by Stacey Lee & Anthony Mathile
    DP: Jacob Rosen
    Producer: Stacey Lee
    Associate Producers: Corbett Jones, Anna Rau, Jacob Rosen, Marina Cukeric
    Additional Camera: Frank Mobilio
    Editor: Anthony Mathile, Matthew Charof
    Supervising Editor: Joe Peeler
    Music Composition: Aaron Stein-Chester
    Audio Post Production: One Thousand Birds
    Sound Editing / Mixing: Andrew Tracy, Calvin Hunting Pia
    Colorist: Matt Conrad
    Stills Photography: Brook Fetch, Jordan Nicholson, Skip Class
    Title Design: Nicci Martinez, Hannah Souter
    Poster Design: Jon Santos

    Special Thanks: Carmody Brothers, Spencer Breen, Erik Perry, British Young, Lee Gibson, Karie Higgins, Andrew Gurguis, From the Range Films

    Starring: Yung Lenox, Skip Buringrad, Megan Bingham, Cam'ron & Kool Keith

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  4. SKYWATCH is a sci-fi proof of concept written & directed by Colin Levy.

    Six years in the making, funded via Kickstarter, and crafted by volunteering vfx artists across the world.

    Starring up-and-comers Uriah Shelton (13 REASONS WHY, LOOKING FOR ALASKA) and Zach Callison (STEVEN UNIVERSE, THE GOLDBERGS) – with an appearance by Jude Law.

    When two outcast teens hack into a ubiquitous drone delivery system to pull a prank on their neighbor, they accidentally crash-land a dangerous prototype – and find themselves entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy.

    twitter.com/colinlevy
    skywatch-movie.com/

    written & directed by COLIN LEVY
    produced by ANDRE DANYLEVICH
    VFX supervision by SANDRO BLATTNER

    URIAH SHELTON - ZACH CALLISON - and JUDE LAW

    executive producer MICHAEL NORINSBERG
    co-executive producers ANDREW PRICE - MATTHEW A STEWART

    director of photography ADAM HABIB
    production designer JULIE CHEN
    sound designer/supervising sound editor MORGAN JOHNSON
    3D lead PAWEŁ SOMOGYI
    composer JASPER BLUNK
    edited by COLIN LEVY

    COMPLETE CREW LIST
    skywatch-movie.com/credits.html

    2017 KICKSTARTER
    kickstarter.com/projects/colinlevy/skywatch-a-sci-fi-short/

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  5. Official Selection@
    SXSW 2020
    Palm Springs Shortfest 2020
    Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020
    SideWalk Film Festival 2020
    Hollyshorts Film Festival 2020
    La Guarimba International Film Festival 2020
    Urbanworld Film Festival 2020
    Cine Las Americas 2020
    Atlanta Underground Film Festival 2020
    Discover.Film

    Winner Best Music Video Oxford International Film Festival

    Winner Best Music Video Oregon Independent Film Fest

    Winner Best Music Video 2020 Atlanta Underground Film Festival

    CAST

    MOM
    DANAI MAFARARIKWA

    DAD
    CHRISTOPHER “AFRIKA” QUARLES

    BOY
    CHAZ

    DANCER
    BAHIYYAH SHAKUR

    DIRECTOR
    KRISTIAN MERCADO

    EDITOR
    REUTER

    PRODUCER
    ANDREW NISINSON

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    ALEX MERCADO

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    TIFFANY STEPHENS

    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
    RUDOLF COSTIN

    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
    CARMELO VARELA

    ART
    SAMANTHA ALVAREZ
    KORI DYER
    KIRSTEN PINCKET

    CASTING
    KATE ANTOGNINI

    CASTING ASSISTANT
    PETER DOLSHUN

    ASSISTANT EDITOR
    DANNY WEEKS

    POST PRODUCER
    MAGGIE FLATLEY
    WILL MOK

    COLORIST
    AYUMI ASHLEY

    ATO RECORDS
    PAUL DRYDEN

    POST
    EDITBAR - NTROPIC

    PRODUCTION COMPANY
    PYRAMYD

    PRODUCTION MANAGER
    BRIENE LERMITTE

    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
    JEREMY BERGER

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Boyhood Masculinity

Breaking the Boy Code

Collection of short films and videos that reflect boyhood in a meaningful way. Potentially for use in masculinity-focused youth programming. Film festival someday.

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