Orange Bow humorously chronicles a teen's tedious journey from his house in Brooklyn to a neighborhood birthday party. Along the way, he encounters a handful of mundane obstacles, from a disinterested gift wrapping clerk to a nonfunctioning building elevator. Just as the frustrated teen is about to reach his party, he is hit with a highly unexpected surprise. Inspired by a true story, this winsome short provides a slice of what it is like to grow up in Brooklyn.
Director's Statement Collapse
Police brutality is a long-standing problem in the African-American community, and it often goes ignored or unreported. I was drawn to tell this story because victims of police brutality are often unfairly mischaracterized as criminals or "shady" characters who deserved whatever abuse they endured. Orange Bow shows that, in actuality, the victims of police brutality are just regular folks going about their daily routines: our brothers, uncles, husbands, and friends. I challenge the audience members to acknowledge the urgency of the issue, rethink their own preconceptions, and take action in a meaningful way, even if it's just to initiate dialogue with their peers. Open your heart to the truth.
About the Director(s)Collapse
Nashville, Tennessee native Diandrea Rees has produced, written, and directed three short films, all of which have gone on to be screened at festivals. During the summer of 2005, she worked in the script supervision department on Spike Lee's feature film Inside Man. More recently, she produced and directed Eventual Salvation, a feature documentary film that was shot on location in Monrovia, Liberia, and is now in postproduction. Rees currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.