Jamil McGinnis & Pat Heywood tell the story of Shaq, a young black man quietly battling depression as he tries to explore his grief with himself and through brotherhood.

Production Details & Description

Shaq, a young man grappling with depression, returns to his New Jersey hometown, where his exploration of grief and brotherhood transforms into the imagining of an inner life.

Locarno Festival 2020 (World Premiere)
Clermont-Ferrand Int’l Short Film Festival 2021 (Winner of the Labo Competition Grand Prix)
Telluride Film Festival 2020 (Filmmakers of Tomorrow)
Chicago Int’l Film Festival 2020 (Winner of the Narrative Short Silver Hugo)
BFI London Film Festival 2020
Hamptons Int’l Film Festival 2020
Film Fest Ghent 2020
Uppsala Int’l Short Film Festival 2020
La Roche-sur-Yon Int’l Film Festival 2020
Valladolid International Film Festival – Seminci 2020
New Orleans Film Festival 2020
Miami Film Festival 2021
Pan African Film Festival 2021
Rooftop Films Summer Series 2020
Montclair Film Festival 2020 (Winner of the New Jersey Competition for Fiction)

Le Cinéma Club (Online Premiere) –

in association with REFRAME THE WORLD and PUTSHKI

written and directed by: Jamil McGinnis & Pat Heywood
starring: Shaq Bynes, Karon Tracey, Jihad “Wave” Marshall, Duane “Mook” Dent, Jr., Chidi “Chad” Nwala Gabriel Ajari VI, Kashawn Tracey
produced by: Gabija Blake, Claire McGirr, Myriam Schroeter
director of photography: Maceo Bishop
production designer: Cheyenne Ford
editors: Matt Carter, Ben Jordan
composer: Zachary “Shigeto” Saginaw
sound designer and mixer: Owen Shearer
colorist: Alex Jimenez
vfx supervisor: Daniel Morris
music supervisor: Midori McSwain
producers and executive producers: Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood
executive producers: Michael Peay, Chelsea Franklin, Myriam Schroeter
companies: IFP, Final Cut Edit, Work Editorial, Color Collective, Sonic Union, Blacksmith VFX