By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 3, 2014 at 3:25PM
Here's one of a few short films I received when I asked for projects that were submitted for Sundance 2014 selection, but didn't make the final cut.
Titled The Love Life of a Black Girl According to Velissa Robinson, the experimental piece was directed by Velissa Robinson, an LA-based writer, director and graduate of University of Southern California’s school of Cinematic Arts.
The Love Life of a Black Girl According to Velissa Robinson is her most recent short film, and, as she says, is her favorite to date.
So what's the story behind the story? Here's a statement from the filmmaker:
The Love Life of a Black Girl According to Velissa Robinson was created as I was sitting at my desk at work, knee deep in spreadsheets and so creatively frustrated that I was about to burst. I checked my Bank of America account. #nomonies So I thought "What can I make with no money?" I would have to only use myself. Ok. It would have to be in one place. Ok. One shot? Ok, done- and I wrote it right then and there. I was inspired by the trajectory of the love lives of so many women I know and how over the course of our lives, our trust wrinkles to take the shape of so many things. I'm fascinated by that journey and frustrated by the simplistic portrayal of a woman's love as just one or two of these stages. I've never heard two of the same interpretations to this piece. Everyone gets something different out of it. I didn't anticipate that, but love that it has that potential. My goal is to shed the layers of the human experience and being able to make this piece in the depths of just needing to make something, anything is the ultimate satisfaction.
And with that, here's the 10-minute experimental short, The Love Life of a Black Girl According to Velissa Robinson: