Since their rise to fame, Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey (aka Chloe x Halle) have used their platform to empower and inspire women to love the skin they’re in through music and film/TV roles.
Now, the talented sisters are taking their influence to the next level by backing two of the first short films, En Avant and If My Voice Rang Louder Than My Skin, from Neutrogena studio’s First Frame Program, produced in partnership with Ghetto Film School.
The singers were mentors in the program and assisted with selecting the films as well as giving feedback to filmmakers on the scripts and early rough cuts.
En Avant is directed by Sarah Jean Williams and If My Voice Rang Louder Than My Skin is directed by Kyra Peters.
The official descriptions:
EN AVANT highlights the internal struggle of a Black ballerina with self-acceptance as she faces racism in a white-dominated art form. Directed by 20-year-old and NYU Tisch School of the Arts student Sarah Jean Williams, the film tells the story of one’s battle with self-love through black-and-white imagery. Williams, a Ghetto Film School alumni, won the school’s special Grand Jury Prize for her film Never Grow Up.
IF MY VOICE RANG LOUDER THAN MY SKIN brings to life an allegorical story of a teenage boy who craves a life where his skin no longer affects his daily life or how others perceive him. Using 2D animation, the film follows him through the streets of the Bronx, trying to unite his community’s voice through music to rally against the divisive hate against color. The film is directed by 22-year-old Kyra Peters, an alum of Ghetto Film School and currently a script coordinator at Moonbug Entertainment.
Sharese Bullock-Bailey, Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer at Ghetto Film School, is looking forward to the films' premiere.
“The Neutrogena Studios First Frame Program represents everything Ghetto Film School does as a leading film institution by developing and celebrating emerging talent and partnering with the best in the industry,” Bullock-Bailey said in a statement “Working alongside Chloe X Halle and the entire Neutrogena team has been an honor and we are excited to premiere the two short films that have been in development over the last few months.”
The films are set to be released on Neutrogena’s YouTube Channel on March 10.