This is installment #6 of Shadow And Act’s #ShortFilmShoutout series.
If you thought you were all zombied out because of The Walking Dead, then think again! The genre is presented anew in the short film 00:11:45, written by Nakia Stephens and directed by Etta East.
The film stars Talia Symone as Savannah, a young girl who finds her father James, played by Dwayne Alistair, has turned into a zombie. Even though James is no longer able to protect her, he has taken precautions to make sure she’s safe by chaining himself up and providing her with the tools and skills she’ll need to survive. Now on her own, Savannah has to rely on what her father taught her and her own ingenuity to stay alive in the zombie apocalypse.
The short film is part of Atlanta-based company Damn Write Originals (DWO), which describes itself as “a new media screenwriting label that coordinates production, branding and marketing” for their in-house talent. “Our writers are committed to stories with unique and underserved perspectives that elevate women and people of color,” according to the label’s site.
Stephens herself is DWO’s founder and chief of content, creating over 20 screenplays for the screen. That kind of prolific turnout has served Stephens well when creating 00:11:45; the film is gripping, scary and emotionally-driven, all in 13 minutes.
The film’s cliffhanger will leave you wondering what happens to Savannah, something one viewer remarked in the comments. Symone wrote back, saying she hopes Stephens writes the full feature so we can find out what happens to Savannah on her journey. We want the full story as soon as possible, and you will be clamoring for it too.
Photo credit: Damn Write Originals