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Watch: A Portrait of a Small-Town Teen in Tayarisha Poe’s ‘Selah, And The Spades’

Watch: A Portrait of a Small-Town Teen in Tayarisha Poe's 'Selah, And The Spades'

From writer-director Tayarisha Poe comes “Selah, and the Spades,” about a teenage girl and her band of friends in a small Pennsylvania town. Poe recently released a trailer for the interactive project, which includes a website with more content and inspiration for the story.

But to let the director speak for herself: 

For the past year I’ve been working on a project titled Selah, and the Spades., which is about a girl named Selah, who has a gang called The Spades, and a best friend named Maxxie, and what she does to lose both (you can read more about the story and why I’m driven by it here).

What I’m sending along is a piece of the project: the overture. The best way to think of it is as a set of episodes, or a collection of short stories, a many-parted narrative machine. Very little of the overture appears directly in the feature film’s script (same name, grander ambitions), but all of it influences the characters and the plot.

You can easily go through the chapters, one right after another, but taking time between them hurts no one either. You begin at www.selahandthespades.com and select the chapter titles to read them. At the end of each chapter, there are links that will direct you either to the next chapter, or to the table of contents. Many of the chapters have short videos included (<5 mins), some have short stories at their core. There are songs throughout that you can listen to, or which you can ignore. (To me, the songs are like cream cheese icing on top of a carrot cake muffin from the deli down the street: the carrot cake tastes amazing without it, but my oh my, don’t you just love that cream cheese?)

Currently, the plan is to raise funds to film the feature in the first half of 2015, before most of our cast goes off to different parts of the globe for college. I’ll keep you posted on that.

For now, I hope you like this overture. If you don’t like it, I hope you very, very strongly dislike it. Whatever the feelings, I hope they’re deep.

Find the trailer below: 

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