Held Over For 1 More Week Due To Popular Demand: Watch 'Soft Focus' (S&A Challenge Winner)
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Held Over For 1 More Week Due To Popular Demand: Watch 'Soft Focus' (S&A Challenge Winner)


That's right! You've got another week to watch if you haven't yet, or want to see it again.

Rod Gailes OBC's Soft Focus – the winner of the second Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge winning script – is now available to watch in full online, and is embedded below.

The completed premiered over the summer at the NYU Cantor Film Center as part of a retrospective of Rod's work.

The roughly 25-minute film that stars Damion Omar Lee, Angela Lewis, Madeleine Dauzart, and introducing Aaron Clifton Moten.

Soft Focus is a portrait of Marcus

… a repressed college student pursuing a deeper carnal knowledge to escape his religiously strident home life.

It presents a rare look at familial relationships, sexuality, and sexual identity, and will likely push a few buttons. But that's part of the motivation of the competition – to finance the kind of work that challenges mainstream cinema homogeneity. 

For those unaware, the competition is held twice a year; in short, filmmakers submit their original short film scripts (5 to 10 pages); we read them all, select a winner, and Shadow & Act Films gives them the funds to go make the film. There's more to it than that, but that's the gist of it.

Watch Soft Focus in full immediately below:

SOFT FOCUS from CEI Media Partners on Vimeo.

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