At 12 years old Angel Anderson was abandoned by her father at Cherish House, a group home for disjointed youth in Brooklyn, NY. "down, down, baby” picks up four years later where Angel a fiery amalgam of White and Black is on the verge of being kicked out of the one place her father promised to return to get her. Angel battles with her identity as a bi-racial child growing up in a dominantly Black environment. Angel decides to search for her father for fear that her next foster assignment will sever any chance she may have of reuniting with him. "down, down, baby" is a film about growing up in the face of rejection, coming into ones own, and finding some semblance of peace.
Writer|Director: Joyce Sherrí
Born and raised in the heart of the world's largest naval station, Virginia native Joyce Sherrí stepped off a Greyhound bus at New York City's Port Authority terminal on August 23, 2010, jobless and without concrete living arrangements. Armed with her passion for creative writing, this former educator for the Norfolk public school system hurled herself at the independent film capital of the world in pursuit of a career as a filmmaker. A year after her exodus to the Empire State she was accepted into the Graduate Film program at New York University, where she wrote, directed, and produced soon-to-be festival short film favorites Copy... and Sherman. She currently has a number of projects in development including a comedic web series edition of Sherman and Encore a narrative short film with principal photography set to begin in the summer of 2013. www.joycesherri.com
Director of Photography: Felipe Vara de Rey
Felipe Vara de Rey is an award-winning writer, director, and cinematographer. He is creative director and a founding member of Tócalasam Creative Lab (www.tocalasam.net), a Madrid-based production company, with whom he has shot and directed numerous short films, commercials, and music videos. His recent short Independencia is currently enjoying success on the film festival circuit around the world, with selections and prizes in Spain, Latin America, and Asia. Now a student in the graduate filmmaking program at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Felipe is the recipient of the Steven J. Ross Fellowship and a 2013 Fulbright Scholar. His favorite typeface is Helvetica Neue (Condensed Bold), but he also likes the wack-looking serif font they call Curlz MT.
Producer: Assal Ghawami
Born in Iran, Assal Ghawami is a New York based filmmaker and human rights activist. She grew up in Germany, where she studied acting and music at Folkwang School of Performing Arts. She completed her BA in Media and Cultural Studies at The New School University in New York and spent a year in Portugal learning film directing and Portuguese as a DAAD scholarship recipient. Driven to use film as a tool to address issues concerning immigrants facing social injustice, Assal worked for WDR News Channel and ARD in Germany. Currently pursuing her MFA in film directing and production at NYU Grad Film School in New York, Assal has recently finished "The Yellow Room", her film adaptation of the feminist short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, in which she highlights the difficulties young women face, when having illegal abortions.
Production Designer: Lilian Mehrel
Lilian Mehrel was born to a paradoxical pair, a Persian-Kurdish mother and German-Jewish father. At an early age, she sought to make sense of the world's complexities - first drawn to the sciences, and then to stories. She is now an MFA candidate in NYU's graduate film program. Her unorthodox background also includes working at Seeds of Peace and the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. She led film workshops to youth from conflicted countries in the Middle East and started a creative leadership and peace program in Tel Aviv-Yafo for girls from diverse backgrounds, YALA Peace. In her last year at Dartmouth, she wrote and illustrated a family memoir. Maira Kalman called her work "epic and cinematic... full of heart and curiosity." Lilian promptly fainted.
Casting Director: Andrea Hall
Before reentering academia Andrea Hall was a professional dancer living in Paris. Eventually, theatrical aspirations brought her home to New York to study under Actor Studio member's Jack Waltzer and Robert Lewis, amongst luminous others. At NYU, as a Media, Culture and Communications major, with a concentration in film, she produced, wrote, and directed several short films. A recent 2012 honors graduate, she is producing a music video for Blue Foundation directed by Danish filmmaker Janus Metz. He is googlable.
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- Film Processing
- The purchase of a hard drive and a back up to archive footage
- Supervised transfer w/ Color Correction
- Entry fees and shipping costs for festival submissions
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