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This film competed in
2018 Social Political Shorts Film Festival
Director(s): Xavier Neal-Burgin
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Jury Winner - Audience Awards Social & Political Shorts Film FestivalBest Director - Sunscreen Film Festival West Finalist - HBO Short Film Competition Finalist - American Black Film Festival Winner - Best Actress - Grand Off Film Festival, Poland Winner - 1st Place Student Short Films - Magnolia Independent Film Festival Winner - 2nd Place Super Shorts Category - Anchorage International Film Festival Winner - Student Shorts - Denton Black Film Festival Official Selection - Silicon Valley African American Film Festival Official Selection - Sidewalk Film Festival Official Selection - Terminus Film Festival Official Filmmaker Spotlight Section - Capital City Black Film Festival Official Selection - SAG AFTRA Short Film Showcase Official Selection - Urbanworld Film Festival Official Selection - Indie Night Film Festival Official Selection - Black Harvest Film Festival Official Selection - Burbank International Film Festival Official Selection - Tulsa American Film Festival Official Selection - 25th Pan African Film Festival Official Selection - Hollywood Black Film Festival Official Selection - Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase Official Selection - Underexposed Film Festival YC
Logline: Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview. --
Bringing Light to a Problem: On Time follows the life of Renee Johnson, a mother forced to make a dangerous decision for the sake of her child. Six months unemployed and desperate, Renee realizes this isn't the life she want for her seven-year-old daughter, Imani. Renee receives an interview for a job, but doesn't have the funds to keep her in daycare. So on a hot, searing Los Angeles day, Renee leaves Imani in the car as she goes in for her interview. Renee lands the job, but walks outside to find cops breaking into her car to take Imani away. Renee watches as her child is taken away, and she's arrested for trying to find a better path for herself and her daughter.
For many, our protagonist's only crime was being black, poor, and female. For others, regardless of her situation, her decision was reprehensible. Still, it is not cut and dry. While the inspiration for the story found help, I want to follow the normal trajectory. Where most parents are on their own. The Breakdown: On Time came into fruition through researching stories of the juvenile dependency court as well as foster families, and foster homes. Many people (and most audiences) have never seen the reunification process for parents and children, children's court, the workload of children protective services caseworkers, or the overwhelming disparity parents of color find themselves in when dealing with juvenile court. I want to bring these problems out in the open. An audience should leave this film emotionally moved, with an open mind to learning more about the legal system for parents and children in regards to the reunification process.
Starring: Inger Tudor, Araija DaCosta, Kevin Craig West, John Marrott, Louis Baker, Wesley Timmons, Kathy Goral, Meredith Riley, Amani Starnes
Directed by Xavier Burgin
Written by Tiara Marshall and Xavier Burgin
Produced by Kendra Cole, Tony Ducret, Tim Astor, & Mario Rodriguez
Associated Produced by Jenna Cavelle & Mario Rodriguez
Cinematography by Mario Rodriguez
Assistant Director: Angelica Lopez
Editor: Angelica Lopez
Production Design: Guillermo Ortiz Makeup
Aritst: Yvette Rishton
Sound Operator: Juel Taylor & Karl Soelter
Sound Design: Juel Taylor
Costume Design: Alexandra Friedman
Stunt Coordinators: America Young & Thom Williams