STAY HOME Watch it NOW!

Ready to watch STAY HOME : SHORT FILM HERE or on Facebook.com/arowefilms or youtube.com/arowefilms. It would mean a lot to me if you all hit the like buttons and share it with your friends. Help me get this to an audience. Part of this is self-promotion because I want my hard work to be seen but also because in the process making Stay Home, a film in which I was the sole cast member (with voice by Carla Ayala) and crew, this became much more than a first time film. With the development of COVID19 in America developing in real-time, it became important for me to not just be a character that happens to be black but to provide context to what that means in the narrative of this pandemic mesh with the black experience. How we as people of color poorly deal with our health, not seeing doctors, not taking things seriously, and improperly deal with mental health as the demographic hardest hit by the COVID19 virus. I made last-minute changes to help create an undertone to the visual narrative because to me the role of an artist is to entertain, create perspective, and say something. Without those last-minute tweaks, I believe I would have done the audience a disservice as an artist. For me this is more than a film or short film, it is a fracture of the black experience during a health crisis. Thanks for watching and I look forward to your feedback!

In Production: While We Wait

Poster Art

Yea I know its like a whole production house over here but we have been secretly working on this production now titled “While We Wait”. The 2020 Election has been full of …well….everything. Locally has had its own challenges in every state in America but in Wichita, Kansas there has been a very unique one that took fold. First time political hopeful Sarah Lopez decided to put her hat in the race against Micheal O’Donnell. This race became one of the states most watched race in local politics in quite some time. This race was watched with constant coverage for corruptions, swindles, and political end fighting.

Something like this is something you look for in the top jobs like races for House seats, Judges, maybe even Mayor. This race filled with so many controversies, was to take over a district in the county commissioners office. Yep. A member of the board of health. It may seem insignificant but it is a lot more than meets the eye. This is a true David vs Goliath story where democrat Sarah Lopez is taking on the Republican establishment that is backed by big money and a strong reputation in a the Red State of Kansas. I am undecided on if this is a feature or a short yet but I am still currently in production with many interviews lined up. Did I mention Covid-19??? That is making shooting very difficult for the additional interviews but we are doing our best to get what we need.

In Production: Let’s Talk

So in the middle of editing my newest short film GoodNight, I shot an interview with local DJ “DJ Fluid” we talked extensively about the music scene, his life, and the difficulties he faces trying to grow. It originally was about the rebranding I was attempting for the podcast but in the back of mind, I felt like there was something there that can be bigger. I could not put my finger on it. With the election coming up and the travesty that was the first 2020 un-Presidential debate, I wanted to figure out how to get out the vote and bring attention to it. Early in the pandemic, I would watch these special meetings by the county commissioners in Sedgwick county about the status of where things were headed in regards to covid.

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“Stay Home” added to Scary Movie Mondays

Extremely happy to announce that our short film “Stay Home” has been added to the line up of intermission shorts during Scary Movie Mondays at Starlite Drive-In in Wichita,Ks.

This is especially exciting because since doing the Save the Drive In campaign powered by Honda I had imagined having a film screen in a drive in before they were all shut down. Thanks to a worldwide pandemic it looks like it is going to happen. What’s even more exciting about having Stay Home screened in a drive-in is that it comes as part of the Nightmare on Elm Street double feature in its two showings! Freddy has inspired the next short we have in production called GoodNight so this is just big big big for me.

I am appreciating every bit of what has came from taking the risk in jumping from documentary to narrative film. That doesn’t mean I am done with documentary because I have plenty of stories I wish to tackle but I started filmmaking to be the next name in the horror/thriller genre.

Lastly….VOTE

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Creepshow and Friday the 13th Producer says “Stay Home” is intense!

Brian Witten’s producer and executive producer credits include an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “Cell,” with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack; “Mother’s Day”; “Chernobyl Diaries”; and 2009’s “Friday the 13th.” Witten was president of Fangoria Film after working as a production exec at Paramount, where he oversaw “Vanilla Sky” and “Mission Impossible 3,” and at New Line, where he presided over “The Wedding Singer,” “Spawn,” “Dark City” and “Final Destination.”

MY DVD of CREEPSHOW

As a kid when it came to horror and thriller there were several mainstays that I would sit up and watch to no end. Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and Creepshow. Rod Serling is simply amazing to me and I love that one of my current favorite directors Jordan Peele and his studio Monkeypaw Productions have successfully relaunched the series with amazing responses. I remember as a kid at maybe it was 1 am on HBO watching Creepshow. There was a segment in the anthology and no not the Leslie Nielsen but it was one of the last ones that creeped me out to this day and still make it uncomfortable to encounter bugs. It was the scientist who was the original OCD. (spoiler) He would have problems controlling roaches in this lab-like shut-in location that he lived in. Being from Texas I was really familiar with roaches and in Dallas these roaches would fly so they had an upper-hand when it came to combat. Watching not just roaches but cockroaches spew out of this man’s face is still a skin crawl of mine to this day. That creep factor is etched into my mind in a way that I was an instant fan of that movie when it was over and would watch it whenever it came on. I have owned the DVD of the original Creepshow twice now and I was fascinated when I heard it was being revived as a tv show.

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