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!
So there will be three different ways to purchase WiFi at Rock Bottom: Something About Meth book. I wanted to make sure there were some great options to fit the type of reader you are and also create something special. I feel like this will be the only book I write and I wanted to at least release it Continue reading
Real Quick I am deciding to put some time into casual vlog style content as these weird times are making it harder to get work and has thrown a wrench into shooting days for the new projects in order to respect the Covid 19 protocols and be overall safe. So expect that in the new future.
As many of you know there was a nasty snow event that hit the center of the United States that put us in some frigid arctic temperatures as well as power issues. Not too often do we get a major winter event and with that, we received plenty of that white stuff we call snow. Well I have a camera and I love to create and this was a perfect time to get footage. Unfortunately with the extreme temperature of -2 degrees, it was near impossible to get anyone to come to join so I did it myself. It was a bad idea but I wanted snow footage for the new LUT pack I am creating of my 5 signature looks. Why was it bad? Should I remind you it was -2. Hands hurt and my feet had no feeling in them after I was done but I was able to get some amazing shots that I can put together into a few short trailers.Continue reading
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.
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.Continue reading
We are excited to announce that our short film Stay Home will be featured in the 2020 Tallgrass Film Festival on October 16-25. Visit tallgrassfilm.org for additional information on how to participate! Due to Covid-19, this will be a virtual festival and you can watch from the comfort of your home or mobile device!
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.