Log line: A wounded warrior -young black man - in Atlanta struggles to discover himself while tackling a real- life trauma associated with being Black in America.
The mission of The Alzenia Project, Inc
The mission of The Alzenia Project, Inc is to ensure that not-for-profit organizations committed to the personal and professional development of young women, especially young women of color, ages 18-30 years old, receive the awareness and funding necessary to move their missions forward.
It follows the life of a young black man in Atlanta exposing the truth untold. Through the characters’ own personal dilemmas, the story touches upon various social issues such as the destruction and dehumanization of black bodies, microaggressions, toxic masculinity, and sexism.
This thought-provoking drama is through the lens of a young black man (Malcolm King) who attends Tubman University in Atlanta, the #1 HBCU in the country. Malcolm is an honor student and leader in his community with a promising future, but he struggles with mental health challenges as a result of a traumatic, racially-motivated experience.
Following this event he is haunted by the ghost of the Black Genocide in America.
While trying to make sense of the world around him, Malcolm is also struggling with this new stage of his life as an independent young adult. He tries to bury his trauma and focus on being a college student until ultimately the trauma rears its ugly head.
Wisdom Etienne played by Raven Herring
I am a Freshman at the Illustrious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. I am an up-and - coming film producer/screenwriter/actor. I am passionate about telling stories that activate our human senses and encourage positive change. I studied comedy at Second City in Chicago and was a student at the Chicago Acting School. I am also pursuing TV& Film certifications from NYU. I am super excited as I prepare to release my first short film which is a creative, thought - provoking approach to highlighting mental health from the perspective of a young black man in America. However, my film will touch the hearts of all through the lens of human experience. Mental health challenges impact all of us as our lives are connected regardless of race, gender, sexuality, economics, or politics
PRODUCER ,Screenwriter, Director, Excutive Producer, Leading Actor - SSUUNAMCKITTY
Director of Photography/Cinematographer - JORDAN ROSE
1ST AD,2ND AC -KEENAN WASHINGTON
1ST AC-EMMANUEL DEAN
Editor- SAFIYA NICOLE
BTS -JASON CHATMAN
2ND AD-JAMAL SPENCER
Malcolm King: Ssuuna McKitty
Jazz Williams: Nina Cajuste
Police Officer: James Potts
Coffeeshop Patron: Whitney Lavaux
Wisdom Etienne: Raven Herring
Extra: Anthony Nicholson
GOAL FOR FILM
The goal of this film is to push beyond the status quo and provoke new thinking and possibilities for future generations. The film is based on the disturbing realities of the modern- day black experience in America. This film aims to break through stigmas and mental confinements that shackle our existence and limit our joy. The film will show the beauty and complexity of black culture.
I want to hilghlight and celebrate our diverse experiences and talents.
I want to showcase black love in all its forms.
I WANT TO POTRAY THAT MY COLOR IS NOT A CRIME!
My motivation for this film isbased on the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, and George Floyd. I am also stirred by my first-hand interaction with my uncle who suffers from severe mental illness. I have personally witnessed my uncle's condition worsen through my lifetime. Sadly my uncle, like many others with mental illness, is not supported in society that prioritizes funding prisons over mental health resources. In the film, I will alsotouch upon issues like toxic masculinity which often manifests into unaddressed mental health challenges.