Dark Awakening: A Star Wars Fan Film

4,000 thousand years ago an ancient and powerful artifact capable of amplifying the dark side present in any force user to terrifying levels went missing and was presumed lost…until now. Its location has been discovered by the Sith on a remote planet and is theirs for the taking. All they have to do is defeat a small group of Jedi who have settled there. But, when the Sith Witch who created it returns to reclaim it an ancient battle resumes with the fate of the galaxy resting in the winner.

  • Tia Cherie Polite
    Director
  • Tia Cherie Polite
    Writer
  • Tia Cherie Polite
    Producer
  • Wendell Smith, Sr.
    Producer
  • Jay O'Neal
    Producer
  • Mackie-Lou Vigal
    Key Cast
    The Riley Tompkins Method (2011), Teenagers With Attitude (2014) and Salt (2010)
  • Darlena Marie Blander
    Key Cast
  • Josh Kearney
    Key Cast
    Urban Legends to Die For (2015), and Dracula's War (2015).
  • Joshua Pigatt
    Key Cast
    Nightmare Next Door (2011) and Deadly Affairs (2012)
  • W. Keith Scott
    Key Cast
    House of Cards
  • Tia Cherie Polite
    Key Cast
  • Wendell Smith, Sr.
    Key Cast
  • Jay O'Neal
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Michael Strange
    Key Cast
  • Jethro Moran
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Opitz
    Key Cast
  • Kevin W. Jones
    Music and Sound
    From me, To You (CD)
  • Tia Cherie Polite
    Digital Effects
  • Kevin W. Jones
    Digital Effects
  • Kevin W. Jones
    Cinemetography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, action, fanfilm
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tia Cherie Polite

Tia is the owner of Black Rose Dagger Films (formerly Visual Image Production Studios, Inc.), a production company based in New Carrollton, MD.

In addition to her BS in Information Systems and classes towards an MBA, Tia received a certificate in 3D Animation from 3D Training Institute (3DTi).

In 2009 Tia began performing as a stage combat performer for the Guardians Performance Group. During her time with the GPG, Tia performed in a dozen live charitable events and conventions. She was elected CEO of the GPG in 2011 and served in that role until retiring from stage combat in 2013.

In 2011, Tia began blending her various talents and interests together and began her foray into filmmaking.
Since then, Tia has acted, written or produced several independent short films, including an entry in the 2012 Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project and the soon to be released, 2013 martial arts short Age of the Warrior.

Dark Awakening is her first film as Director and her first as a visual effects artist.

She also has a number of new projects in development including a sequel to Dark Awakening, an original action web series, and an original full length scifi action film.

Tia is also a cosplayer (MzTiyah) and amateur prop maker.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiacpolite
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6489834
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MzTiyahCosplay

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Director Statement

Why did I make this film?

Ever since I saw The Empire Strikes Back I have been hooked on the Star Wars Saga. It inspired my interest in filmmaking, writing, stage combat and special effects.

Why do I make films in general?

Because I have a bunch of stories I want to tell. I see them so clearly in my mind. The locations, the characters, their lives, their struggles, their dialogue, their costumes, their everything. All in vivid colors with precise details. Why do I make films?… because I want you to see what I see.