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Watch: Lionel Cineas And Wendell Sisnett's Short Film "Young Girl"

by Emmanuel Akitobi
December 27, 2011 9:00 AM
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Co-written by Lionel Cineas and Wendell Sisnett, and directed by Cineas, Young Girl-- "The story of a girl who tried to dance to her own cadence instead of following the beat and going to God for Patience"-- is the latest short film offering from Cineas Films.

Young Girl is a promising glimpes at what will hopefully become a fruitful career in film for Cineas and Sisnett.  The cautionary short film stars Tiffany Nicole, Joyetta McCullen, Stapha Stevens, Ronica Wynder, and Sisnett.

Learn more about Cineas Films HERE.

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  • CareyCarey | December 28, 2011 5:28 PMReply

    I STAND ACCUSED! And now we are reduced to throwing spit balls. I mean, if the following in not a doodoo bag of school yard drama, skippy is a punk. Lord have mercy look at this --->" Have you ever seen anyone else, either contributors and commenters, get so graphic on S & A? Just Carey. (and well Dennis below...) just unable make a legitimate argument to prove his case without slipping into crude "ghetto" talk. And we could have children reading this post." ~ Sergio. WHAT THE...!!?? Excuse me, so here we are at a post in which a man brutalizes a woman damn near to death, and know we're worried about children? And a woman is shot 5 times with a Glock by her same sex lover and now we're worried?! And please, I've heard the "F" bomb, "bitches" "motherfu*ker" and "Ni$$as" numerous times so miss me with that fa-key jan-key mess. Seriously, you mean to tell me that a movie about a pervert white guy who beats his meat at work and has sex with any and everything is suitable for the little ones, but my choice of vernacular/rebuttal is viewed as "ghetto graphic"? Okay, go wash your mouth out with soap and say 5 Hail Marys because you just told a big fat boner.

  • Truthserum | December 28, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    How is someone "throwing their support" to a short that's posted on the web free? I like the fact that the editors of this blog freely post a wide variety of black cinema whether good or bad. I stopped this short after the first scene because it was unbearable but I've learned about many worthy independent projects from frequenting this blog. I would have never of purchased Get A Job on VOD via Itunes if I didn't see it here or payed any attention to Pariah which was excellent by the way. So I encourage the editors to continue to post the good, bad, and the ugly. I got a kick out of the Gang Of Roses 2 blog entries, that was funny.

  • CAREYCAREY | December 27, 2011 11:56 PMReply

    To my good friends and fellow readers of Shadow & Act, I'd like to publicly decree and declare that I am an utter idiot, a jealous lackey, wanting to be what I shall never be. Please forgive my rude statements, sophomoric banter, and overall insidious comments. I'm not worthy of this blog and honestly, am not worthy of much these days. #jumpsoffcliffintoaseaofbootleggedtylerperryflicks.

  • CareyCarey | December 28, 2011 8:49 AM

    DAMNIT... I've been EXPOSED! Now, I don't know who posted under my handle (good shout-out by the way) but I have to admit that they nailed me to the wall. Yep, I've been rude, insidious and plan straight-up ignorant... that I admit. So, there's not much I can add. Well, I mean, I do have a much longer list of my indiscretions (OH YEAH!) but I wouldn't want to bore y'all with all that foolishness, mayhem and confusion, but I do have A SHORT LIST . Seriously, check it out. What you see there I am sure y'all find it fair. And some of you are right... I have little shame HERE --->

  • blaqbird | December 27, 2011 10:05 PMReply

    LOL @ Random Black! "Too early in the morning?" Child, please. Anyway you all have said pretty much what I was thinking so I don't have much to add. But the fact that MLM was watching this on Bossip should tell you something...*kanye shrug*

  • mlm | December 27, 2011 11:24 PM

    Hehe I saw the post here first then saw it there and said let me watch this thinking this has got to be good. I'm wondering if Emmanuelle got it from there or knows the filmmakers.

  • Dark & Mark | December 27, 2011 8:57 PMReply


  • BluTopaz | December 27, 2011 8:15 PMReply

    Ghetto Chronicles

  • mlm | December 27, 2011 4:35 PMReply

    Couldn't wait to read these comments while watching this on Bossip. I got the film. it wasn't perfect filmmaking but the point was made.

  • JMac | December 27, 2011 3:39 PMReply

    Constructive criticism: Sound issues! Fake acting, empty and typical dialogue, crazy plot - characters are just doing what you write them to do but there's nothing there to indicate their motivations. It's pretty bad. Twelve minutes of Tyler Perry would kick this short's butt. I don't get what's promising - I guess I must be missing it. Maybe there should be a "this is a freshman attempt" warning. Some of the other shorts posted on S&A weren't quite as, umm, elementary as this.

  • mantan | December 27, 2011 3:18 PMReply

    lmao @ random black! #swawgswagswag!!!!!

    i agree with @nadine, post them up but also give them a disclaimer/"special" section, lololol....

    i don't think SA should turn away everyone b/c how else would these artist/filmmakers get some shine or criticism.

    still waiting on dazed and confused to give specifics of what's wrong with the film technically.

    i don't write/produce/direct films so i don't know what's wrong with it in that aspect but as far as the story, i think it's redundant. the acting was so-so.

  • mlm | December 27, 2011 11:26 PM

    ahahaha @ your name. I really haven't been around here much in awhile. I'm gonna make my other post name Sleep-N-Eat. Jokes

  • Nadine | December 27, 2011 1:28 PMReply

    ...I've seen worse. I'm not as offended because I can actually feel that the filmmakers were trying and actually talked out the dialogue and their message... it seems less like a short film and more like an after-school special. I do feel like it is filmmaking in its infancy, but you know that there is potential to grow...the As for S&A posting this...? ....maybe they should label these as "first-timer" films. etc..., so that it would be understood that they are not seasoned filmmakers or even studied, but are first-timers looking for constructive critiques...

  • Random Black | December 27, 2011 12:49 PMReply

    Also, did someone on this blog actually imply that it was too early in the morning to give criticism? What the hell kind of wussy shit is that? #swag

  • Random Black | December 27, 2011 12:45 PMReply

    Also, happy Kwanzaa, and shit.

  • Random Black | December 27, 2011 12:44 PMReply

    "It's ok for filmmakers to learn, but do we really need to be throwing every Tom, Dick and Harry's exercise that's shot on a 7D up on this motherfucker?" - A valid question.

    I like that Shadow and Act highlights films from creators at all different stages of their career, but at the same time, sometimes, some of the pieces that are thrown up here do deserve to be bemoaned and to be bemoaned, thoroughly. There isn't anything wrong with criticism, and the fact that so many folks (we film-loving Black folk particularly) seem to shun criticism is problematic. There is a such thing as constructive criticism and it's ok for that to exist and to have a space, especially on a blog like this.

    At the same time, to play devil's advocate, I do think it's somewhat problematic to compare Shadow and Act to the overall IndieWire site, given that Shadow and Act might never have intended to be as snooty as many of its sister sites.

    Still, doubling back again, I think that if you one day feature someone like Steve McQueen and then another day feature someone who's created a piece like this (even though they're learning) it's unreasonable to expect that there wouldn't be some backlash from those with snootier tastes. (Not that there's anything wrong with being snooty). I guess, at a certain point, the question becomes: where does Shadow and Act draw the line with their content? Should we be concerned, or even care? Should we criticize? Should there be standards?

  • Al | December 27, 2011 12:32 PMReply

    @Ms.Tina , yes. Please be specific.

  • Anonymous | December 27, 2011 11:56 AMReply

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  • ANONYMOUS | December 27, 2011 11:47 AMReply

    This short film was better than a Tyler Perry production. The filmmakers are onto something.

  • Dennis | December 27, 2011 11:37 AMReply

    WHOA! Hold 'em up. Are we reeeeeeeally throwing our support behind this BET flick or short or whatever it is? Come on folks. Wow. I'm not picking sides, but COME ON.

  • Sergio | December 28, 2011 12:44 AM

    @ Trollhunter

    "Class act" is right. Ever notice how Carey gets vulgar with profanities when he goes after someone? Have you ever seen anyone else, either contributors and commenters, get so graphic on S & A? Just Carey. (and well Dennis below...) I don't know if Carey wants to shock us (which he doesn't) or is just unable make a legitimate argument to prove his case without slipping into crude "ghetto" talk. And we could have children reading this post.

  • trollhunter | December 27, 2011 11:24 PM

    You gonna cry now Carey? Want some kleenex? punk ass. lol

  • CareyCarey | December 27, 2011 10:43 PM

    THAT IS SOOOO CUTE! Dennis and The Trollhunter holding each others pricks. Both of you sissies need to be ashamed of yourselves and yo daddies should have left the both of you on the bathroom wall. I can't believe you fking dickheads are up in here crying like little bitches and waving pom-poms. So Dennis, yeah, I talk way too much, but what gives you the right to cuss me? I mean, you are the one who let that dumb shit fall out of your mouth... HERE ---> "Are we reeeeeeeally throwing our support behind this BET flick or short or whatever it is?" . Then, when you were called on that mess, you came back with your panties all stuck in your ass. Bitch move 101. Btw, what are, and where are the rules of engagement? I need to know because you got me fucked up.

  • trollhunter | December 27, 2011 8:42 PM

    LOL @ Dennis. tell the truth! He also insults members of the Shadow & Act crew and their children or anyone else when they don't give him attention. Class act huh? lol

  • Dennis | December 27, 2011 8:34 PM

    @CAREYCAREY Has anyone ever told you that you talk way too much? Shut the fuck up. I'm not sure who you are, but you're obnoxious and clearly bored. I'm sure the entire Shadow & Act audience shares my sentiments. Go the fuck away. And yes, I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and was indeed an overnight success you lame ass.

  • CareyCarey | December 27, 2011 6:38 PM

    Granted, you may not have picked a side but you did take a position. I mean, who said Shadow and Act or anyone is throwing their support behind this flick? I believe many are simply saying there is a place for films, shorts, web-series, etc, that may not be considered the cream of the crop. It is just that simple. I believe the displaying of artistic expressions of this sort is a way for S & A to pay it forward. Hell, we all need a come-up at some stages of our lives. Well... let me qualify that statement. I know, on several occasions, I have had to reach out to others for assistance and feedback. Maybe you Dennis, was born with a silver spoon in your mouth and was an overnight success?

  • CareyCarey | December 27, 2011 11:28 AMReply

    OOOOOH LORD! I read DAZED AND CONFUSED's comment and I was off to write a reply. but when I got back... Emmanuel had beat me to the punch. But hell, I am going to post my little 2 cents anyway. Here it goes ---> @ DAZED AND CONFUSED, Don't you think it's awfully presumptuous to define the mission of Shadow and Act to fit your vision? Listen, one of the beauties and joys of this blog is that they cover a plethora of subjects that pertain to the Black Diaspora of films. The diversity of said subjects is the jewel that makes this blog shine. Now, if a person is seeking to find a same ol' same ol' "THINK LIKE ME TANK", I do not believe this is the spot. Besides, although an artist, producer, actor, writer or filmmaker, etc, may not rise to YOUR standards (at the present time) I'VE COME TO BELIEVE THAT wisdom and knowledge is learned and gained by GOING THROUGH pain, struggles and difficult times. It's called experience. I am suggesting that Shadow and Act is an excellent place for a person to sharpen their skills - whatever that/they may be.

  • al | December 27, 2011 11:23 AMReply

    @Dazed and Confused, suppose this was an "excercise" . Can you think of a better place for a young filmmaker to be critiqued? Do you send your kids next door to be disciplined/corrected? It always amazes me that some people are critical in a general sense but never get into details. Why don't you indicate exactly why you have a problem with the film so maybe the filmmaker can benefit from it?

  • Ms. Tina | December 27, 2011 12:17 PM

    @AL This film is bad. Does one really need to list the endless reasons why?

  • Dazed and Confused | December 27, 2011 9:52 AMReply

    I'm having a hard time trying to figure out who exactly is the editor of this blog. Apparently anything is allowed to be posted on this site without a proper vetting process. I'm all for supporting rising filmmakers (especially rising filmmakers of color), but where are our standards? The above clip is an atrocity. It's an exercise at best.

    The posting of this clip shows a glaring problem in the black arts community. As long as the people look like us, we're suppose to support it, laud it, uplift it and dare not critic the work or strive for something better.

    We deserve better. When Shadow and Act/Indiewire posts clips like the one above, it's saying to the filmmakers that this is good work, congratulations, awesome job. It's also saying to the Shadow and Act/Indiewire community and beyond that these are some of our best and brightest. Essentially, it's a lie. A blatant lie and it needs to be remedied. Can someone please vet these clips before they're released to the public.

    This blog post is on the main Indiewire site and you mean to tell me that this clip is an example of stellar work that represents us? I think not.

    Sometimes one has to say "Thanks, but no thanks".

  • Dazed and Confused | December 27, 2011 11:19 AM

    @Emmanuel -- A suggestion is not dictation. I simply asked a question. This was not an attack on the black film community. And who am I? Like yourself, I'm a reader of this blog. I completely understand that filmmakers have to start somewhere (and eventually progress and evolve). That isn't my issue here (nor is my issue the subject matter covered in the above short film). If a filmmaker is still in the early stages of one's career, that's fine. But why must we post something that isn't well executed. Your tirade about this short film being "SOMEBODY'S reality" may be true, but it has no place in this debate, because, as I previously stated, my entire point focused on the craft of this film (or lack thereof) and the false praise it receives by being posted on this site. I never mentioned anything about the subject matter. That was your doing. The fact that you typed -- "The above short film may not necessarily be Oscar-worthy, or even original in its premise. However, I don't think it's so bad that you had to bemoan it, so early in the morning. The fact is that filmmakers have to start somewhere, and hopefully, they progress and evolve with each new project. The last thing they need is for readers like yourself to tear their work down, discouraging them from working their craft and getting better. If you have constructive criticism, leave it, and keep it moving." -- proves my very point. Who showcases work in its infancy on a major site such as this? You're trying your best to negate the power of this platform, and I have to disagree with there. There have been great shorts posted on this site covering a range of subject matters. No complaints from me there. I'm only referencing content that clearly has no business being publicly promoted on Shadow and Act because it's sub-par, shoddy, and not adding anything new to the conversation. And me wanting a better representation of us on this site is by no means a sign of insecurity. We should all want better. Just because one has a critique doesn't mean that he or she is trying to bring down the entire race.

  • Re: Dazed and Confused | December 27, 2011 10:47 AM

    Who is your "Us" ?

  • Emmanuel | December 27, 2011 10:38 AM

    @Dazed and Confused-- Who are you? And since when do you dictate what is posted on this site? The above short film may not necessarily be Oscar-worthy, or even original in its premise. However, I don't think it's so bad that you had to bemoan it, so early in the morning. The fact is that filmmakers have to start somewhere, and hopefully, they progress and evolve with each new project. The last thing they need is for readers like yourself to tear their work down, discouraging them from working their craft and getting better. If you have constructive criticism, leave it, and keep it moving. What exactly has you so embarrassed about this short film being featured on the indieWIRE main-site? Don't you realize that the story depicted in this film is a reflection of SOMEBODY'S reality? Or has the current status quo of black Americans depicted in TV and film tricked you into thinking that we're all upwardly-mobile professionals with nearly perfect personal lives? Sure, some of us live that way. But that's not reality for a lot of black people in this country, and around the globe. Don't be ashamed of how some of your brothers and sisters live. And don't let your insecurities cause you to worry about what the good indieWIRE-reading folks are going to think of you.

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