Rod Gailes OBC’s Soft Focus – the winner of the second Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge winning script – is now available to watch in full online, and is embedded below.
The completed premiered over the summer at the NYU Cantor Film Center as part of a retrospective of Rod’s work.
The roughly 25-minute film that stars Damion Omar Lee, Angela Lewis, Madeleine Dauzart, and introducing Aaron Clifton Moten.
Soft Focus is a portrait of Marcus…
… a repressed college student pursuing a deeper carnal knowledge to escape his religiously strident home life.
It presents a rare look at familial relationships, sexuality, and sexual identity, and will likely push a few buttons. But that’s part of the motivation of the competition – to finance the kind of work that challenges mainstream cinema homogeneity.
For those unaware, the competition is held twice a year; in short, filmmakers submit their original short film scripts (5 to 10 pages); we read them all, select a winner, and Shadow & Act Films gives them the funds to go make the film. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it.
Watch Soft Focus in full immediately below: