New Short Film 'Bump)ED' Looks at Life of Black Single Mother
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New Short Film 'Bump)ED' Looks at Life of Black Single Mother

nullWe’re always on the lookout for films that break the

mold, or go into unexpected directions, which is why the new short film ‘Bump)ED’ caught our eye.

The recently completed film, thanks to a Kickstarter

campaign, and written and directed by Aisha

Brown (an MFA in Cinema Directing from Columbia College, Chicago), reflects the realities of Ms. Brown’s own

life.

As she says “my story is unique because I am a young

mother who made a film about becoming a young mother… having become pregnant

with my son during my junior year in college."

She adds that, she was inspired to make the film, not only

because of her situation, but also that, at Columbia, there very few other single

mother directors at the college.

“For

so long, young black mothers have been blamed for all of society’s problems. I

didn’t understand that until I became a mom. Then I felt what it was like to be

put in a box and labeled. Essentially, I had become one of the problems society

blamed.”

She continued to say that: "I

feel like mothers are not represented well in the industry, especially young

Black single mothers. I would like to use my platform as a film director to

tell the story of young mothers with a refreshingly comedic authenticity. Many

times, our stories (young mothers) are told by people who have not been in that

situation."

The film, which stars Loy A. Webb, and Jacynta

Harris, deals with a conservative

student body president who comes face to face with her own prejudices and attitudes

after she discovers she may be pregnant.

The film is soon to hit the film festival circuit. If

you want to know more about Ms. brown and her film go here.

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