Set at the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, a weary mother's fears and desires for her mentally distressed son’s future hang in the balance while awaiting his arrival home. HOME SOON examines a family’s collective, and unprocessed trauma, which is often eclipsed by police violence.
Mission StatementAs a mother of a Black son, I have experienced the collective trauma of witnessing the horrors of police violence against Black men. Our goal is to examine the anxiety that exists for many mothers coping with that reality and the physical and spiritual void within the Black family as a result.
About The Project
HOME SOON is a snapshot of time capturing all that is, and all that was hoped for immediately prior to an all too familiar tragedy faced by many in Black communities across America.
Nina has not seen or heard from her son Troy since the previous evening. His girlfriend Simone pops over for an unexpected visit in an attempt to locate her love who has uncharacteristically “ghosted” her the night before.
Our drama depicts a pivotal moment where both women, in an attempt to reroute worry, hash out their differences in how they love Troy in his absence. Their exchange reveals fears, hopes and conflicting desires all left unresolved until his anticipated return home.
To get an idea of what the short film will look, sound and feel like, check out the pitch deck here.
I wrote this story as a way to process my own grief, and repressed trauma of witnessing the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice between the years of 2012-2014; and then more recently the deaths of Elijah McClain in 2019 and George Floyd in 2020.
I specifically empathized with the mothers affected by these tragedies and the experience of the public's viewing of their sons' deaths. We caught glimpses of their devastation through news coverage and press conferences but I could not escape the fact that there was a depth and weight to their pain never fully acknowledged or seen.
HOME SOON is the screen adaptation of my full-length play, NINA and TROY BOY, and inspired by my own lived experience as a mother raising a young Black man in New York City.
This deeply personal story told through fictionalized events captures the emotional conflict of attempting to protect my teen son during what felt like an open season on Black Men without shrouding him in a fear of living.
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This duality was equal to walking a highwire tightrope between encouraging my son to live fully and freely while yet simultaneously preparing him for the harsh reality that there were indeed boundaries to his freedom because he was Black. That people would perceive him with fear, respond with rage and an irrational certainty that he should not/cannot "be" without an ulterior motive. That he is presumed guilty before proven innocent that there is an increased likelihood that one person's inability to accurately see him could end his life.
For our character, Troy, and for many others, this can be further complicated by undiagnosed mental health challenges, which can quickly escalate into life and death incidents when not properly assessed by authorities.
To this avail, writing this story was a catharsis allowing the ability to process the trauma, tension, and palpable fear I had repressed and a similar unspoken experience for many mothers of Black sons. And this pain is not merely limited to mothers, but to all family and community members deeply affected by young lives tragically cut short.
So, healing came in the form of art. This story provided healing for the mother that I am and the mother I still need to be in spite of a collective void experienced when our sons' lives are taken violently at the hands of police. I wrote this story in protest against the growing desensitization of witnessing a repeated offense without the integrity of justice being served. I see it as my intrinsic duty as an artist, activist, and mama, and I thank you for joining me in bringing it to the screen.
The public response to the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor affirmed that action was necessary for addressing the systemic causes of the police violence in the Black community.
While protests prompted progress in many sectors, it is the reform efforts of NACOLE,(National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement) that enhance accountability and transparency in policing and helps build community trust.NACOLE has been instrumental in establishing and supporting meaningful civilian oversight of law enforcement throughout the country.
Our film, HOME SOON supports these efforts by offering a glimpse into the trauma mothers experience as a tool to further cultivate conversations between both community members and law enforcement.
We feel that the mother's story adds an ever-important perspective to the ongoing conversation of systemic racism within the justice system. And in seeing this issue as not merely a case of black and white but a pervasive human moral dilemma.
There is no time like the present to heal trauma. This is why our story needs your support now.
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Supporting a filmmaker who addresses relevant issues is a direct way to back a cause you are passionate about. Your contribution brings awareness to the lasting impact of the trauma of over-policing, stigmas around mental health within the Black community, and the importance of family.
We are committed to creating a high-quality film and with limited resources, we need your support in bringing our story to the screen.
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About This Team
MAISHA AZADI (Writer/Director)
Maisha Azadi is an actor, educator, and filmmaker who has penned and produced official short film and web-series selections for The Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival, Urban MediaMakers Film Festival, and the MCNY Short Film Festival. Her most recent short, Zyquil which she also directed, was an official selection of The 2020 Black Hollywood Entertainment and Resource Center’s 25th Annual Film Marketplace in Los Angeles. Maisha is the founder of Urban Artivist Academy, an organization that cultivates cultural sensitivity in young actors and writers committed to utilizing film and television media as a platform for social justice. She was most recently selected as a 2021 Arts Innovator by Arts for L.A.
DARNELL RHEA (Producer)
Darnell was called to the magic of storytelling through acting at a young age. Her studies include the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, The University of New Orleans, and a handful of amazingly gifted and highly reputable acting coaches in NYC and LA.
Some of her on-screen acting credits include Ray and The Bobby Brown Story.
As many actors intrigued by the multiple facets of storytelling, Darnell began an inquisitive journey behind the camera in capacities ranging from 2nd AD to writer/director. As a producer, she stands proudly beside the leader of this project in unwavering commitment to bring "Home Soon" to its greatest artistic expression.
RAQUEL SCOTT (Producer)
Raquel’s true passion has always been for filmmaking, so she left television to continue freelancing for independent productions as a Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, Editor and/or Colorist. Raquel has worked on over twenty independent productions. “Doorways”, a short film she produced, was well received; it won multiple awards, earned several Best Short Film nominations, screened at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as dozens of film festivals throughout the USA, and also aired on cable television. She is looking forward to continuing her filmmaking career through her production company PowHer House which focuses on highlighting previously silenced voices of people of color.
APRIL BARNES (Producer)
A woman of many talents, April is an Associate Producer, Talent Manager, Red Carpet Event Coordinator, Children's Book Author, and COVID-19 COMPLIANCE OFFICER She is the founder of Kool Kids Model & Talent Agency which made her the first, youngest black female agent in the state of Massachusetts. Her goal is to create a more wholesome and positive platform for black youth to display their creativity and talents and to express the myriad cultural history of their ancestors. Kool Kids introduced local talent to the entertainment industry and all the opportunities it had to offer through, Public Service Announcements, Print Work, Fashion Shows, Music Videos, Films, and Television Productions.
JUNIOR PEREIRA (Director of Photography)
Junior Pereira is a Brazilian-Spanish cinematographer and photographer. His DP work in Spain includes the 8 part TV Docudrama Lost Legacy Reclaimed that won Best Documentary at the Wales International Film Festival in 2019 as well as Hermana (Sister) which premiered at the Medina del Campo Film Festival in March 2020 and has been praised for its evocative visual aesthetic. Junior’s diverse background has given him a unique sensitivity toward story and character which translates visually through his intimate framing and graceful camera movement. Junior is drawn to stories that explore the deeper questions of life and sees cinema as a medium in which to better understand ourselves and the world around us. Junior is an active member of Free the Work, and Array Crew.
CATALINA PARRA (1st Assistant Camera)
Catalina is a current student of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts studying Cinematography. She grew up in Houston, TX where she discovered her love of art through her Taiwanese calligrapher mother and Colombian architect father. Catalina is passionate about the power of the moving image and studied Philosophy and Art History at the University of Chicago. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her master’s in Film & TV Production and create powerful films that help us reflect on ourselves and humanity. Now, Cat is a Media and Production Intern for the USC Shoah Foundation, dedicated to preserving interviews and testimony of genocide survivors. During her time in LA, Cat has filmed documentaries, short films, and is always active in the camera department to see her visualizations come to life.
NELSON FUENTES PFEIFFER (Sound Supervisor)
Nelson as a songwriter, producer, and composer, loves being behind the whole process of creating experiences through his music. Growing up in two distinctly different countries (Chile, Switzerland) and experiencing many other cultures, has shaped Nelson’s music in a unique and at the same time, known way in our global reality. As a creative, he thrives in exploring diverse styles and types of compositions, and enjoy’s every single one of his journeys of creation.