XXV (25)

Quickly approaching the second quarter of adulthood, XXV follows the lives of 7 young adults and the challenges they face through this transition

  • Phylicia Wissa
    Director
  • Phylicia Wissa
    Writer
  • Keenan Baker
    Producer
  • Bileko Wissa
    Producer
  • Phylicia Wissa
    Producer
  • Ciera Payton
    Key Cast
    Oldboy, Graceland, Bad Teacher
  • Phylicia Wissa
    Key Cast
    Criminal Minds, Super Fun Night, Dear White People
  • Daniella Ruiz
    Key Cast
    The HOA, Quinto Piso
  • Gabrielle Nevins
    Key Cast
    The Adventures of Velvet Prozak, Chris's Briss
  • Kennelia Stradwick
    Key Cast
    Co-op of the Damned, Payless(Commercial), The Truth Lies
  • Bileko Wissa
    Key Cast
    The Jimmy Kimmel Show
  • Keenan Baker
    Key Cast
    The Truth Lies, Lyrical Flash Mob
  • Blake Nakoa
    Key Cast
    One Step Behind
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Indie Night Film Festival, Mann Chinese Theatres in Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 13, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015 San Francisco International Black Women's Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
  • 2015 Culver City Film Festival
    Culver City, CA
    United States
    December 4, 2015
  • 2016 Urban MediaMakers Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    October 9, 2016
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Phylicia Wissa

What a sweetie pie! Phylicia has a very unique background. Growing up in a household of Congolese parents with a strong French influence, taught Phylicia how to embrace the many cultural aspects of her family and others around her. With her father passing at the tender age of two from ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease (also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Phylicia, her older brother and sister, were raised by their mother.

Showing early signs of talent, Phylicia's mother, with the help of her dear friend, decided to place her in youth acting classes. Phylicia's talent began to thrive and it was then that she realized acting was her niché. But it wasn't always roses. Phylicia faced a lot of rejection and her mother decided it was best for her to focus on her studies and enter into a Junior Cadet Police Academy program, where Phylica would excel. Winning national awards for her poetry and athleticism; even having a few of her poems published at the age of 13.

Neglecting her passion and thinking that she would enter the world of broadcast journalism with a focus in politics, at the age of 13 she decided to follow her heart and attend Hollywood High School's Performing Arts Magnet. Phylicia started dreaming in color and going against expectations.

Upon graduating from world famous Hollywood High School, Phylicia decided to take the first major step towards fulfilling her dreams and moved to NYC to hone her skills as an actress. After graduating from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) and gaining a few Indie credits under her belt, she moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles, California. Phylicia has since booked a Wendy's National Commercial, worked on ABC's Super Fun Night (opposit Rebel Wilson), CBS' Criminal Minds and ventured into the world of New Media, working with internet companies such as All Def Digital (Russell Simmons and Brian Robbins) and What The Funny (Marlon Wayans). 'XXV' is Phylicia's directorial debut and hopes to continue to exercise all her talents.

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Director Statement

As an artist, I choose to be the voice of those who can't be heard; whose story needs to be told. 'XXV' is a collective sound of a generations struggle. The stories I have encountered from my peers and my own personal life inspired me to create this piece. 'XXV' is intended to bring up a conversation between the old and young about the state of America's youth.