This lovely short film screened at the Boston International Film Festival in April, which is where I saw it.
It stars two actors S&A readers will recognize: Tracey Heggins (Medicine For Melancholy, and she has done a few things since then), and Carlton Byrd, who has appeared in some short films S&A has profiled before, like Darius Clark Monroe’s controversial Slow, and Train, as well as Tahir Jetter’s Close.
Andrea Ashton directs from a script written by Andrew Stoneham.
I was glad to find out that there’s a trailer for it which I just didn’t know before, so S&A readers can catch a glimpse of it.
Comparisons to films like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, and even Heggins’ Medicine For Melancholy, are likely. But I thought it was a delightful 16-minutes, and the kind of simple yet engaging and entertaining film about the most mundane of things, that I’d like to see more of us (black people) in.
Titled The Last/First Kiss, its synopsis reads:
Two twenty-something strangers accidentally encounter one another in a park and forge an unexpected connection. Followed by a spontaneous, yet short lived romance that develops between the two.
It’ll next screen at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in August.
Watch the trailer: