In the 1990s, America seemed to going through an economic boom, with some speculating that the party would never end. While some of America enjoyed the frills and joys of a seemingly ceaseless internet bubble, other parts of America still struggled with racial and fiscal troubles.
In a deeply personal and sincere story from writer and director New York native Matthew Manson, the new short “Wannabe” takes place during New York’s tumultuous Crown Heights Riots in the 1990s, exploring the overwhelming racial and political issues that pervaded the contemporary social climate, which sadly continues to this day. But barriers are broken down when Daniel, an anxious Jewish boy, begins to develop a youthful crush on his Caribbean classmate, Emefa. As tensions continue to rise in the neighborhood, Daniel must overcome his neurotic tendencies and impress not only Emefa, but also her skeptical Jamaican family.
Hot off his critically-acclaimed work on FX’s “People v. O.J. Simpson,” Malcolm Jamal-Warner electrifies the screen along with fellow stars David Bloom (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”) and Donis Leonard Jr. (“House of Lies”). Based on a Christopher Columbus/Richard Vague grant-winning feature film script, the short is scheduled to be adapted into a feature this year, with shooting set to begin this summer in New York and packaged by CAA.
Having previously won an Audience Award for Best Short at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, Matthew Manson is looking to awe audiences again in this sweet short film.
Check out the trailer above and the poster below before catching the flick at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival selected shorts section.