The Trap

Set in the inner-city of West Las Vegas, a highly intelligent, African American, high-school, basketball star is determined to be the first in his family to go to college. When tragedy hits, his friends, family, and neighborhood, threaten to make him a dismal statistic.

  • Destiny Faith Nelson
    Writer
  • Destiny Faith Nelson
    Director
  • Destiny Faith Nelson
    Producer
  • Sean Jackson
    Producer
    Bubble Gum and Broken Fingers
  • Alberto Triana
    Producer
    Off the Record, Stranger in My House, Now Following
  • Manson Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Antonio Bonilla
    Key Cast
  • BZ Cullins
    Key Cast
  • Alexandria Lee
    Art Department
  • Jonathan Seti
    Art Department
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 26, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Action on Film Festival 2016
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 8, 2016
    Los Angeles Premeire
  • Inside the Director's Cut
    Las Vegas
    United States
    November 27, 2017
    Las Vegas Screening
  • Nevada Women's Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    March 25, 2018
    Local Filmmaker of the Year 2018 Award
  • Culver City Film Festival
    Culver City
    December 11, 2018
    Winner/Official Selection
Director Biography - Destiny Faith Nelson

Destiny Faith Nelson is an actor, writer, and producer from Las Vegas, NV, who's professional work includes stage, film, and new media. Originally from our nation's capital city, Destiny found an emphatic interest for the arts at a young age. As a child, she would write, direct, choreograph, and perform mini musicals with her siblings to perform before her family. Although Destiny is best known for her live performances and independent film work as an actor, she has also found joy and immense passion in film production. Destiny has most recently completed production of her own short film entitled, “The Trap” which she wrote, produced, and directed. Destiny is known to her peers as a sweet, old soul who is an ambitious activist for equality and embodies that spirit in every role she plays and the works she creates. When Destiny is not acting or producing, she loves to travel to big cities, sing pop, rock, and R&B, listen to a large range of music, drink dessert wines, eat chocolate, and go to the movies.

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Director Statement

Life isn't black and white; it is filled with many shades of gray. As a society, we are so quick to judge one another through superficial eyes. We crucify one another when mistakes are made, and we assume we know who a person is or will be because of where they are from or by the color of their skin. My mission as a filmmaker is to challenge perspectives and allow people from different backgrounds to connect to one another through vulnerability. When people watch my films, I want them to say, "That could or could've been me," allowing them to empathize with people who may have a different point of view. It's not meant to change people's minds, but hopefully, it can change people's hearts.