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Watch Beautiful, Profound Short Film ‘As I Am’

Watch Beautiful, Profound Short Film 'As I Am'

Spotted this on one of my fave online galleries Kiss My Black Ads – A short film titled As I Am, directed by Alan Spearman.

Here’s its synopsis:

Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. At age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer and philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis. He and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Alan Spearman walked the neighborhood for eight weeks observing and recording what became the script of As I Am. This film floats through this remarkable young man’s landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery, captured by Spearman and cinematographer Mark Adams, combines with the young philosopher’s trenchant observations about life.

Watch it below:

As I Am from alan spearman on Vimeo.

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Beautiful short film, very inspirational! Makes me want to pick up the camera and show my students how to articulate their thoughts and emotions!


Beautiful short film. One thing is clear: this filmmaker is deeply influenced by the great Charles Burnett. I also get a David Gordon Green's "George Washington" vibe as well.


Truly inspired work. Thank you for posting.


PS that boy is annointed. Even when the sound of his voice was absent…you could feel his song. For a child to be able to harness that kind of storytelling, pain and freedom in his voice…its beyond earthly explanation. So grateful to bare witness his gift! Hopefully he can remain an artist, a channel of something divine as opposed to being revamped into a pop experiment.

D Mayo Johnson

Sounds cliche', but this is incredible. Beautifully spoken word intertwined w/music. Kevione is an incredible young singer. Hopefully Chris Dean will bring fort more stories and Kevione will be a future rising star.


This is one of the best short films I watched on this site and as much as I would like to continue my praise for the direction of this great piece of work. In my opinion as it relates to this sites mission of finding new black talent that this does not count. Alan Spearman the director's race is not in question however the fact that upcoming black talent have not reached that level of consistent quality work is puzzling. What is it that we are missing the mark. What channels do we need to explore and what efforts need to be done to ensure that we take our film making skills to another level. We should not settle or encourage hap hazard projects it promotes mediocrity Thank you Alan and for those black talents out there who continue to push the envelope yet go unnoticed.

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