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Watch Trailer For Delightful Short 'The Last/First Kiss' Starring Tracey Heggins & Carlton Byrd

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by Courtney
June 2, 2012 8:06 PM
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This lovely short film screened at the Boston International Film Festival in April, which is where I saw it.

It stars two actors S&A readers will recognize: Tracey Heggins (Medicine For Melancholy, and she has done a few things since then), and Carlton Byrd, who has appeared in some short films S&A has profiled before, like Darius Clark Monroe's controversial Slow, and Train, as well as Tahir Jetter's Close

Andrea Ashton directs from a script written by Andrew Stoneham.

I was glad to find out that there's a trailer for it which I just didn't know before, so S&A readers can catch a glimpse of it.

Comparisons to films like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, and even Heggins' Medicine For Melancholy, are likely. But I thought it was a delightful 16-minutes, and the kind of simple yet engaging and entertaining film about the most mundane of things, that I'd like to see more of us (black people) in.

Titled The Last/First Kiss, its synopsis reads:

Two twenty-something strangers accidentally encounter one another in a park and forge an unexpected connection. Followed by a spontaneous, yet short lived romance that develops between the two.

It'll next screen at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival in August.

Watch the trailer:

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15 Comments

  • Marco Bolo | June 4, 2012 4:12 PMReply

    Why do the stills from this movie look like a school teacher and her student doing something there not supposed to be doing! Kinda creepy! Wardrop department fail!!

  • Akimbo | June 4, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    This looks cute and very indie hipster twee. While it's great to see black people doing something different, the dialogue sounds overwritten and painfully unnatural, especially for the female lead. That's the way people talk when writing a paper, not when in actual conversation. I'd still give it a watch, though; overwritten or not, the movie at least seems coherent and fun!

  • bohemian princess | June 4, 2012 4:30 PM

    @Akimbo, I actually love the dialogue and I agree that it does sound rather "academic" and not the way most people speak but I think the reason it sounds unnatural has more to do with the actress. Sorry. I've seen films and television shows where the characters had similar dialogue and it never sounded as forced as it does in this trailer. I think with a different actress cast in the role there would have been a more ease and believability. This is why casting is so important. That being said I do think the film is one I would definitely want to see.

  • Akimbo | June 4, 2012 2:45 PM

    Nah, it's the dialogue. It would sound unnatural whether spoken by Helen Mirren, Denzel Washington, or Lil Duval; it's just not how people talk out loud.

  • CareyCarey | June 4, 2012 2:34 PM

    "painfully unnatural" ... "it felt forced". Huuummmm... interesting. I watched a clip of Tracey Heggins speaking about her performance in "Meloncholy" and it's interesting to note that she said she felt comfortable in her role. She also said she related to her character because she was raised in a "mixed" family. But aside from that, check this, she said there were no rehearsals. She mentioned how the actors simply clicked. Her words: "I loved it because it just flowed. It was really cool because Berry (the director) explained everything, it was very professional, so when we got there it was showtime". Okay, so now I have to say it, did anyone else feel *cough*cougar dating*cough*? Surely I can't be the only one who felt Tracey and Carlton Byrd are not a natural match made in heaven? Hey, maybe that's why the writing felt "unnatural"? Maybe Tracey couldn't wrap her arms around this character?

  • Laura | June 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    @Akimbo. I was thinking the same thing about the dialogue. I couldn't tell if it was too much on the nose or a "literary" choice. Either way it felt forced. I think it's a little of both. But I do gather that the film maker is still learning his craft and what we're getting is a peep of his style. Because he definitely has a voice distinctly his own. It's a movie I would watch.

  • Lutrell | June 4, 2012 11:45 AMReply

    "Medicine for Melancholy" was an excellent and enjoyable film,but do we really need a sequel? What about trying for a different emotion, and call the film, "Elixir for Euphoria"?

  • Nadell | June 4, 2012 12:04 AMReply

    I need more! Perfectly done - very intrigued! It has that authentic feel. I would luv to see this

  • deecreative | June 3, 2012 10:34 PMReply

    Wow! This feels like a feature length film, the trailer is well done. I definitely want to see it and both Tracey Heggins and Carlton Boyd need to be in more films. I want to see more everyday films too because it's life, black Americans and people of color live it too.

  • CareyCarey | June 3, 2012 12:54 PMReply

    OH HAPPY DAY... for once I am agreeing with everyone who has commented. The similarity to Medicine for Melancholy is right in our face: Two strangers meet, one is connected to someone (maybe engaged) the other is alone. The guy pursues the woman, even though she's playing hard to get. Yep, just like "Melancholy". However, as Laura mentioned, the tone of this film is somewhat different. Well, in this short clip, the music alone sets a different "feeling" and expectations than what I felt in "Melancholy". Also, I saw more smiles in this clip than the whole 90 minutes of MFM. That reminds me, check out the title... Medicine for MELANCHOLY. For me, that's it. Although I don't know what "feelings" this short is trying to capture or project, "medicine" had a tone of sadness - gloom - sorrow - dejection, gloomy - - - dismal - blue, etc. But I enjoyed it nevertheless. And I have to agree with LeonRaymond, Tracey Heggins appears to be the real thang. Her style and looks reminds me of Sophie Okonedo

  • Solaam | June 3, 2012 1:48 PM

    I agree with you and Laura that this flick, from the trailer, feels more lighter than MFM.
    However, you were clearer in your description in the similarities between the two films.
    They have the same foundations but aesthetically they are different in tones. I really want to see this.

  • the black police | June 3, 2012 8:43 AMReply

    I like it. We need more movies like this - movies that have that everyday life feel to them.

  • Solaam | June 2, 2012 11:21 PMReply

    Tracey is gorgeous and I definitely want to see this short but why does it feel so much like Medicine for Melancholy?

    Regardless, it looks well done production. Nice trailer too.

  • Laura | June 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    It doesn't feel like Medicine for the Melancholy for me. This film is light and whimsical. Medicine was sad and aching. If anything it's more like I'm Through withWhite Girls. I think because we see so much hyperbolic drama in Black rom com's that Medicine stands out as an antithesis to those Black films. This is similar to Medicine in that regard.

  • LeonRaymond | June 2, 2012 9:26 PMReply

    I keep telling you all that Tracey Heggins is the real deal, this young Lady is a talent with Awesome timing and skills , like I said before -She is the real deal!!!!

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