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Daddy's Journee 20min Short

JOURNEE, a smart and talented beautiful African American young woman, gets a call from her younger half-sister JENNI. Jenni informs Journee of their ill father’s, TONY’S, condition and suggests she come pay her respects and say her goodbyes. Journee having experienced years of turmoil and neglect from Tony is not at all interested or motivated to pay him a visit or give him a peaceful send off. However, after contemplation she reluctantly takes heed to his dilapidation and finally decides to visit him to not say goodbye but to have closure.
Tony was never there for Journee. Her birth came early due to Tony striking her pregnant mother, ANGELA, an African American woman. Angela at the time, endured the abuse as Journee grew older and watched. This exposure incepted Journee into a very volatile and “misfunctional” idea of relationships, an image Journee embedded to be normal.
And then Tony leaves. Walks out this home with a quiet young Journee watching her dad leave without looking back or saying goodbye. He left the imprint of being the standard against which Journee will judge all men.
This visit isn’t your typical loving daddy/daughter reunion. This visit is of pain and purge. Journee confronts her dad exposing all the grief he put on her throughout her childhood to present day. He lays sickly, deathly, very weak under tubes and monitors. She sits by his bedside, moves closer so he can hear her clearly. Journee pulls out an old card and asks Tony if he remembers it. This card was given to Journee from him at her sweet sixteen party. Unbeknownst to her and everyone present, that it would be a card of embarrassment and pain. Journee was excited to receive it and opened it in front of her guests. As she reads the letter, the letter becomes a nightmare. Tony wrote to her what a father should never impose on his own child, the question of their existence and expression of not being wanted.
Journee recounts to Tony the anguish he bestowed as he laid remaining not to care. She cries out her feelings, and flashes back to all the circumstances and events that leads her to this moment. From seeing her mother being continuously attacked, to having also experience the same fate in her own relationships with men including rape, she breaks down. Tony still doesn’t react to her pain and attempts to reach for the nurse call button remote. Insulted, Journee swiftly moves it away from him and becomes even angrier. She aggressively leans over and whispers to Tony she doesn’t care what happens to him. Journee grabs his tubes and squeezes them causing Tony to breath laboriously until the flat line sounds are heard.
A death occurred. A funeral follows. Journee’s younger half-sister, Jenni is at the podium greeting the mourners. She addresses them sorrowfully and speaks on love and the absence of it. Her words spoke on depression, neglect, pain, and suicide. She pulls out a note and reads from it.
The note is from Journee. Journee died that day at the hospice after having her closure with Tony. She clinched Tony’s cords only to find her own death. The monitors were triggered yet did not kill Tony. She went into the hospice room’s bathroom, gave a long last stare at herself and swallowed her fate. Pills were taken to take her life.
Her best friend, MAXWELL, an African American male accompanied Journee for the visit. He waited outside of Tony’s hospice room as Journee confronted her dad. Always being by her side since childhood, he knew she needed him and he was there for her. What he didn’t know was her plan to end her journey. Journee stumbled out of the room to the hallway where Maxwell is standing waiting. She collapses and he rushes to catch her. As she was dying, she handed Maxwell a note to give to her half-sister Jenni. Maxwell could not believe he was losing his troubled friend. Journee died in his arms.

  • Vickie Glanz
  • Tiffany Harrell
  • Vickie Glanz
  • Vickie Glanz
  • Tiffany Harrell
  • Tiffany Harrell
    Key Cast
  • Darius Strong
    Key Cast
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    19 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2017
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Vickie Glanz

Lights, camera, action has always intrigued filmmaker, Vickie Glanz. Her fascination with the camera and storytelling started at a very young age as she would facilitate productions and make videos with family and friends. The fun became a passion and film entered her picture. Following her dream, she Co-Founded Tick Films and started a new journey producing and directing the company’s first production, “Daddy’s Journee”.
An alum of Columbia College Chicago, Vickie was fortunate to be set in a diverse community learning different aspects of filmmaking. Early in her career, Vickie was the 2nd Cinematographer for the feature horror film, “Meet the Grimswalls”. Her next film, “Helix” introduced Vickie to the art department. There, she found comfort with another facet of film production. Set Dresser was her title as she also handled wardrobe, dressing the lead star, Alexa Vega. This experience led her to fall in love with the meticulousness of Production Design and lead different art departments for different films. Having production design as a heavy background, she produces a very artistic and intricate direction in her vision in film.
Opportunity after opportunity led Vickie Glanz to stay driven. Her titles have grown as she has grown with every project. Producer, Production Designer, Associate Producer, and her first love Director are accredited to her growing resume. Vickie continues to study and write tenaciously. In 2015, Vickie co-wrote “Daddy’s Journee”, a short film based on true events of a troubled woman and her torn relationship with her ill father. The writing has no plan to an end. Filmmaking allows Vickie to story tell and she hopes her storytelling encourages others to not afraid to tell theirs.

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Director Statement

The film, Daddy's Journee, is a product of two passionate African American female filmmakers who wanted to tell their story. The story of the absent father and how vital their presence is and how important it reflects on a woman's journey. The script was developed after my partner and I decided to unveil layers of our own pains and struggles in hopes to encourage and edify others along the way.
What a journey.
No one ever told me filmmaking and hurdles are one in the same. I was a track hurdler in high school. The races and training are still embedded in my everyday structure. Stretch at the mark, preparing for the race. Preproduction, getting everyone and everything in order. Push off the blocks and sprint strategically approaching your first hurdle. Production, all is set and principal photography can begin. The first hurdle presents itself. Jump over it and all is well. Then another hurdle. Preproduction prepared us for this. And another hurdle, didn't see that one. Now it's raining on the track and the next hurdle is blurry. Jumping over it, but fell over and cried, wanting to quit. Couldn't. Passion is the driving force and had to get back up. Perseverance is what kept me in the race.
This film will show not only a tale of a young woman's troubles with her ill father but also the unwavering tenacity of the writers. Based on true events, it was very important to cast as truly as possible. The story being based off of my co-writer Tiffany Harrell's experiences along with a few of my own, it was ideal to have her portray our lead. We were able to pull the raw and realness of the events we wrote about. We visited dark places of pain and captured it. I recall a very sensitive scene where I didn't call cut and I felt the crew's discomfort in the screams and tears of Tiffany portraying Journee. I kept rolling. After the cut, everyone was dismissed and I held her so tightly. We cried together. We overstood our mission.
Directing this cast was such a beautiful experience. Each one was ready to bend and go to places they haven't before. The performances were very physical and mental. Tears were streaming down faces, grunts were heard in places, and joy came at the end of each of our races. Our small and dedicated crew was outstanding. I'm so proud of the quality of us.
I believe in magic and it was performed in this incredible film. I hope magic will continue as our viewers are enlightened on the topic of fatherlessness and make the changes to not have any more Daddy's Journees.