Live-action short film 'Tribes' co-produced by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica in consideration for an Oscar® Nomination
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(Los Angeles, CA)/Canadian-Media: After winning the best comedy award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival, where Nino Aldi's live-action short film TRIBES surpassed 70,000 views, the Hollywood celebrity reporter Perez Hilton' proclamation that the film "Is A Potential Oscar Nominee!" and quickly became part of the Academy Awards conversation among fans and industry members.
The current societal conversations around race, division, and identity reflected in TRIBES' are imbibed by the audience by a good laugh.
"This short film has a rather unusual trajectory because, in the beginning, the festival programmers considered it simply as a comedy with a positive message. But following all the social issues that we have experienced this year 2020, such as Black Lives Matter and the US Elections, the film took on a whole new dimension in the public and media's consciousness." explains Canadian producer Patricia Chica. "The message of this satirical film is important for opening the discussion, and in a fun way, on the issues that divide humanity. Plus, who doesn't need a good laugh these days?" she adds.
Patricia Chica. Image credit: @GeovannySolis_GOODy
"Our society needs meaning and positivity and it does help to discuss serious issues while having a good laugh," says director Nino Aldi, "and this is exactly what TRIBES offers in 10 minutes," he adds.
Nino Aldi. Image credit: Fixseed Productions
The themes of inclusion, diversity, and unity in this powerful and thought-provoking dark satire, unfold during a train ride between two stations as an African-American, an Arab-American and a white man trying to rob a train when no one wants to rob their own race.
Self-identity is truly a bitch – a concealed premise perfectly fits under Nino Aldi’s camera, revealing our current social environment, with a hint of comedy.
Internet celebrity and American Music Award honoree DeStorm Power who plays the African-American character says: "As a black man living in America, growing up experiencing inequity first hand, the effect of racism, police brutality and being discriminated against constantly simply for being black; TRIBES reconfirmed to me that I'm not alone in this fight for equality. Bringing this issue to life in a comedic fashion and helping the viewers see its importance, was more than rewarding."
DeStorm Power. Image credit: Fixseed Productions
Emmy-winning producer and actor Jake Hunter who plays the white guy adds: "With TRIBES, I wanted to tell an entertaining story that sheds light on the conversation around race and that at the same time inspires the population to realize that we're all one."
Jake Hunter. Image credit: FixseedProductions
"The biggest message to takeaway from TRIBES is unity. No matter how you separate people based upon age, gender, race, and ethnicity, we are all connected. This is what makes us humans and allows us to understand all that we have in common" says Forbes' 30 Under 30 actor and influencer Adam Waheed, who plays the role of the Middle-Eastern character.
Adam Waheed. Image credit: Fixseed Productions
Winner of multiple awards including the prestigious 1st Place at the Just For Laughs' funniest short films from around the world competition, Eat My Shorts, Tribes had its world premiere at the Academy qualifying Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
This was followed by Regard, Rhode Island International, LA Shorts, and the Cannes' Film Festival American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, to name a few. The film will be released in 2021 on the highly curated platform ShortOfTheWeek.com.
MOVIE CLIP: www.vimeo.com/381705906
Tribes' Team (from L-R); Jake Hunter (actor-producer), Patricia Chica (Canadian producer) and Nino Aldi (director). Image credit: © Selfie by Jake Hunter
This funny and thought-provoking satire stars Internet personalities Jake Hunter (Emmy award-winner, Adam Waheed (Forbes' 30 Under 30) and DeStorm Power (Emmy Nominated, American Music Award honoree). The screenplay is written by Andy Marlatt (winner of the Page International Screenwriting Awards). The producers are the three leading actors as well as TIFF Filmmaker Lab alumna Patricia Chica and multidisciplinary filmmaker Jeion Green. The film was executive produced by Will Meldman of Double Down Pictures and Jordan Taylor Wright of Taylor Cut Films. Digital Jungle Post Production handled the deliverables of the short.
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Washington/Canadian-Media: Food insecurity experienced by Black and Hispanic households across America even before the pandemic at a significantly higher rate than the national average of 10.5 percent has been exacerbated in the United States, with one in eight households not having enough to eat because of the surge of 48 percent to 60 percent in food insecurity, media reports said.
Black and Hispanic People in America. Image credit: PBS.com
With the collapse of the economy millions lost their jobs, since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, families have turned to food banks and food organizations in record numbers with numerous volunteers working to help address food insecurity in the Washington metropolitan area.
But the coronavirus pandemic has caused a loss 50 percent of its partner organizations of the Capital Area Food Bank, which had been providing 30 million meals a year before the pandemic, directly from and through a network of more than 450 nonprofit organizations, to nearly 415,000 people in the Washington metropolitan region, 2020 hunger report by the Capital Area Food Bank said.
“We feel very humbled to be able to serve our brothers and sisters in this community who are dealing with food insecurity at a level that we’ve never seen before,” said Matthew L. Watley, senior pastor of Kingdom Fellowship A.M.E. Church. “To see entire families on the brink and vulnerable really gave us a call to stretch out and to try to serve. We’re here until we believe we can make an impact for those who are really in need, and we’re hoping to increase our capacity even further.”
Kingdom Connection Fellowship International. Image credit: Facebook page
Andy Burness, president of the Burness communications firm, a co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger, and a volunteer at the Rainbow Community Development Center, believes all residents should show up for the community.
“Every county in every city should have businesses coming together to do whatever needs to be done for equity in that county...to solve hunger it’s not just the government, it’s not just the food banks and other nonprofits, it’s not just the businesses, it’s the three working together... public-private partnerships working together to fight hunger and everything else that’s needed to give people a chance at life.”