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Short Shouts: Young Boy Hustles & Roams NYC Transit System in Startling 'Open City: B.L.B'

by Vanessa Martinez
January 14, 2014 9:03 PM
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Helmed by up-and-coming filmmaking talent A.V. Rockwell (Alina Victoria) - whom we last profiled on this blog when Rockwell was raising funds for her Open City Mixtape shorts series - the young filmmaker's newest short project Open City: B.L.B has been released tonight. 

It's another gritty New York City tale - running just over 12 minutes - with plenty of cutting edge style and originality (the score features Ludwig Van Beethoven)B.L.B follows a young boy from the Bronx who begins roaming the New York City transit looking for an opportunity to find money and goods - not necessarily obtained by honest means. 

Here's the full synopsis:

Often left alone due to his struggling mother's work schedule, Jahlil, a little boy from the Bronx, spends most of his time roaming New York City's transit system. As he soon discovers while using the perks of life underground to his advantage, the subway is no place for bad little boys...

Featuring excerpts from the song "Symphony No.4 In B-Flat Major. 60. Adagio, Allegro vivace" by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

We profiled Rockwell's other short from the series titled Kids (based on a true story) last year, which you should also watch HERE or on the Open City Mixtape site. A.V. Rockwell's work includes short documentaries and music videos. She has done videography work for clients such as Atlantic Records, Island/Def Jam and Black Entertainment Television. 

Watch Open City: B.L.B. in its entirety below!

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  • Nell | January 16, 2014 9:47 PMReply

    AV is great at her her. I wish you much success honey.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 16, 2014 2:51 PMReply

    The beginning of this film is my childhood in New York. The rest heck no. This kid is way more "ruthless" than me and my little brother were. We were just trying to get around.

    Anyway, good film and the kid was really good. I would like to see more from her...which I guess I can at the links. LOL

  • Lena Soul | January 15, 2014 8:11 PMReply

    I absolutely love this piece I'm a huge fan of Rockwell's work! AMAZING!

  • Lena Soul | January 15, 2014 8:10 PMReply

    I absolutely love this piece I'm a huge fan of Rockwell's work! AMAZING!

  • Earl Hunter | January 15, 2014 6:42 PMReply

    This piece was very interesting and intriguing. As I watched this film I thought about the nature vs. nurture theory and how it could be applied to this young protagonist's life. I'm interested in seeing more of AV Rockwell's work and her progression as a filmmaker. Overall, this was a strong piece.

  • Darkan | January 15, 2014 1:00 AMReply

    That young brother was busy!!! LOL. He's a handful. I loved that it took me back home and unfortunately showed how kids go down the wrong path. Didn't care for the ending though, otherwise great work and great casting!

  • CAM Jr | January 15, 2014 12:23 AMReply

    I truly enjoyed this piece. I like when I think one thing at the beginning and wound up totally wrong! BRAVO, A.V. ROCKWELL!!!!!

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