Nicabob

A lonely teenager inadvertently makes a real human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.

  • Daneeta Loretta Jackson
    Director
    Destiny lives Down the Road, Mr. Joe lives Alone, Mrs. Carmella Prays, Tokyo Cowboys
  • Patrick Jackson
    Director
    Destiny lives Down the Road, Mr. Joe lives Alone, Mrs. Carmella Prays, Tokyo Cowboys
  • Daneeta Loretta Jackson
    Writer
    Destiny lives Down the Road, Destiny is an Outlaw, Destiny is a Gangster, Thicker than Water
  • Daneeta Loretta Jackson
    Producer
    Tokyo Cowboys, Destiny lives Down the Road, Mr. Joe lives Alone, Mrs. Carmella Prays, Little Baby Eyes
  • Patrick Jackson
    Producer
    Tokyo Cowboys, Destiny lives Down the Road, Mr. Joe lives Alone, Mrs. Carmella Prays, Little Baby Eyes
  • Nicolaas Migliore
    Key Cast
    Little Baby eyes
  • Lawren Nuccio
    Key Cast
    Destiny lives Down the Road
  • Shyly Morel
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Hybrid
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    38,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Orleans Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
    October 15, 2017
    North American
    Audience Award
  • Encounters
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    September 20, 2017
    World
  • Two Short Nights Film Festival
    Exeter
    United Kingdom
    November 30, 2017
  • Pontchartrain Film Festival
    Mandeville, LA
    United States
    November 4, 2017
  • Three Rivers Film Festival
    Pittsburgh
    United States
    January 1, 2018
  • Maryland International Film Festival
    HAGERSTOWN
    United States
    May 5, 2018
    Maryland
    Official Selection
  • Somerville Film Festival
    Somerville
    United States
    July 25, 2018
    New England
    Best Underground Film
  • FilmJam
    Kherson
    Ukraine
    May 23, 2018
    Ukraine
    Finalist
  • Toronto Arthouse Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 27, 2018
    Canadian
  • Amsterdam Independent Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    September 19, 2018
    Netherlands
  • Venice Film Week
    Venice
    Italy
    August 28, 2018
    Italy
  • Vimeo Staff Pic
Director Biography - Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson

Daneeta Loretta Jackson and Patrick Jackson are filmmakers, visual artists and transmedia storytellers as well as the Creative Directors and Partners at the New Orleans-based creative content collective known as The ElekTrik Zoo. They have written, produced and directed over 40 short-form narrative, documentary and experimental films, three long-form films, projection art and a variety of commercial, industrial, PSA, branded videos, social media spots and web videos for clients large and small.

Their work has been screened and exhibited in 32 countries around the world.

In 2008, they began several collaborations with local dance and theatre companies including the Reese Johansson Collective and the Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre to produce a fusion of dance and video projects performed in and out of the city.

Their award-winning narrative film “Destiny lives Down the Road” won Best Louisiana Short at the New Orleans Film Festival and screened internationally at Oscar qualifying festivals such as the London Film Festival and Bristol Brief Encounters among others. The film attracted the curators at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans who commissioned the ElekTrik Zoo to produce “Chalmatia: a fictional place Down the Road,” which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. The installation included over 400 photographs, 86 text pieces, an hour long film, and an installation component.

Their transmedia work includes the creation of a fictional world located somewhere in Southeast Louisiana called "Down the Road," which can be experienced online and off; a Twitter Bot that engages real people in dialogue around the subject of Childfree women; and collage stories told from the POV of the children of disaster.

A native of Southeast Louisiana, Daneeta lived abroad in Japan and Europe for 15 years and attended the London Film School where she met Patrick who hails from Sweden. They formed the Elektrik Zoo in 2000 and returned to New Orleans in 2008 to tell stories both fiction and documentary that blur the boundaries between made up and truth. They are interested in themes that revolve around stories of female disfunction, developing identity as a girl-child and the essence of the feminine for childfree women past childbearing years.

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Director Statement

We attack several intertwined and socially relevant issues in the film: cyber bullying (especially of teens with cognitive disabilities), the over-prescribing of pharmaceuticals, and the increasingly thinning divide between online and offline realities for digital natives. The film aims to open up a dialogue about the confluence of technology, pharmaceuticals and cognitive disorder amongst young people as we witness the rest of the world come on line in the next few years. Through partnerships, we aim to question if there are any corollaries between abundant screen time and cognitive disturbances, whether pharmaceuticals can be replaced in most cases by proper nutrition, exercise and other non invasive techniques, and how technology can be used in a more healthy, non-addictive way.

Kids and teens who suffer from cognitive disorders such as ADHD can find it difficult to express themselves or may express themselves differently. When interacting with internet technology such as vlogging platforms or social media, they find different and unique ways to manifest online. These uses can be fascinating and definitely add to the human conversation in their own right, however, because they are different, they can be marginalized by bullies and shouted down by “trolls.” Their freedom of expression is smothered, and, where they might have incubated a wonderful idea with some time and practice, they give up because the bullying is just too painful.

This is a hybrid piece. It is a cinematic retelling of the experiences of Nicolaas Migliore who plays the title role of Nicabob. The real Nick has been medicated for ADHD since the age of 5. He is now 16, and his goal is to get off the pills by the age of 18 so that he can get a "normal job." The pharmaceuticals have altered his personality in a profound way, and his interaction with the real world and the digital world is seamless.

On top of this real world, we have laid the fiction of “Nicabob.” The use of Greenscreen, Vlogging windows, other screens mixed with the hyper-reality of our unique brand of documentary aesthetic will have the audience questioning what is real (nothing) and what is constructed (everything). We have filmed him both at the top of a pharmaceutical high and at the bottom as he was taking his meds while filming. We arranged filming around his pharmaceutical intake so as to present the reality of his situation in a fictional world.

We want to reframe the discourse around drugging children for cognitive disorders. When Nick was diagnosed, prescribing was the only recommendation by the doctor. Instead of exploring nutritional and exercise alternatives, he was put on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals. If a child doesn't act "right," he gets drugged. If he still doesn't act right, he gets a new cocktail until he becomes a zombie. I'm interested in using this film and connected media to draw attention to the fact that we as a society are over drugging our children. My aim is to partner with anti-drugging organizations to create cross-platform resources and integration. Surely there is a better way.