Reparations is a short film currently in pre-production with a projected 2020 release date.
Living alone, an older feeble Jewish man named Howard agrees to be interviewed by Michonne a no-nonsense African-American woman doing research for her grad thesis on reparations. Howard relishes his time talking to the younger woman as she questions him about surviving in a concentration camp. However, he cannot grasp any similarity between reparations for descendants of slaves versus those he's received from Germany as a Holocaust survivor. The more they talk, the more secrets are revealed.
Ed Delia (Howard Fleischman) has been doing theater and film around the New York City area for years. He has been seen in plays including PRELUDE TO A KISS, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, LEND ME A TENOR, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, and KISS ME KATE. He recently had a cameo in the short film BLOODY MARY. He did a one man cabaret show called ED DELIA - STARTING HERE - STARTING NOW at The Metropolitan Room in NYC and loves continuing to study his craft with Brad Calcaterra at The Studio in New York City. Ed is a retired teacher, and when not on stage, one might find him playing with his grandchildren or working on one of the many accents that fill up the special skills section on his resume.
Nefertiti Warren (Michonne Hawkins) is a New York based actress and a graduate of the City College of New York. While studying theater there, she performed in many plays including GYPSY, WOMEN IN HEAT and THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. After graduating she continued to perform in plays off-Broadway such as SON OF A PREACHER MAN, IT HAPPENED ON A MONDAY and SEX/RELATIONSHIPS/AND SOMETIMES...LOVE to name a few. Most recently, Nefertiti can be seen in commercials for Eyewitness News, Chase, Nickelodeon and Scary Mommy. Nefertiti is also a writer and has released her first published book, "Heart of a Dream" encouraging people to never give up on their dreams no matter your age, background or circumstances. As a storyteller, and also a mother, Nefertiti's passion is also her mission - to utilize creativity with authenticity and love in order to inspire, heal and reflect the best in us, for generations to come.
Gregory G. Allen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, director and producer. His short film Hiding in Daylight (Writer/Producer) was one of 29 films chosen to screen at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival for 2019 and has been winning several awards. His short film Mother (Director/Writer/Producer) garnered him a Best Director award at Boston International Film Festival and Los Angeles International Film Festival and a 2015 Remi Award from WorldFest-Houston. His screenplay He is Gone was an official selection in the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival and his latest short Reparations is an official selection in the HollyShorts 6th annual screenplay contest summer 2019. www.gregorygallen.com
Laurie Chock has spent her career producing/directing and editing short and long form films and television segments. She has directed/produced many documentaries including Thread, a well received feature film about female Afghan entrepreneurs and the mid-Atlantic Emmy nominated NJN/PBS film, Ironbound Ties to Portugal. Laurie has made a number of award winning short films combining live action with animation working with her animation partner, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson.
Jeff Turick has been visually telling award-winning stories for over twenty years. He's had an extensive career as a cinematographer which has taken him around the world working on features, commercials, music videos and more. As a director/DoP, his debut film Cut Up won the 1994 LA Filmmaker Award and his 2002 short Webcam premiered in the Sundance Channel's Buzz Cuts Series. He won the '09 Bronze Commercial Telly Award and the '07 Telly for Corporate Video. His film Allison was a winner for the Chapter 4 Selection in Canon's The Story Beyond the Still contest and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He has worked with Gregory G. Allen as DP for Hiding in Daylight and Mother. www.jeffturick.com
Jazzmen Lee-Johnson is a visual artist, scholar, composer, and curator. Lee-Johnson traverses the subjects of critical race theory, the Atlantic slave trade, Black feminist theory, museum interpretation, and new media studies in both her curatorial and artistic endeavors. She has curated exhibitions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Artist Proof Studio and the ABSA Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa; RISD Museum; and Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Lee-Johnson received her BFA in Film and Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MA in Public Humanities at Brown University, where she was also a Public History of Slavery Fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.
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Tyler Kachtan has been cast in the role of the neighbor kid.
The screenplay for Reparations is a semi-finalist in the Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards.
Our team keeps growing! Tannis Spencer has signed on as Assistant Director. Elissa Strell as Associate Producer/Production Manager. We are lucky to have these two amazing women!
Mark Vdh has joined our team as an Associate Producer!
The screenplay for Reparations is an official selection in the HollyShorts 6th annual screenplay contest.
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