A Cry in the Wilderness

Reality and fantasy begin to blur when Jesus endures the harsh wilderness of the Judaean desert while resisting the psychological and spiritual temptations from mankind's eternal foe, The Devil.

  • Keensen Chambers
    Director
    100 Days Under and What Now
  • Keensen Chambers
    Writer
    100 Days Under
  • Keensen Chambers
    Producer
    100 Days Under and What Now
  • Justin Jackson
    Key Cast
    "Jesus"
  • John Ross
    Key Cast
    "The Devil"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 12, 2022
    Official Selection
  • NewFilmmakers NY / YoungFilmmakers / AltFest
    New York
    United States
    September 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Serbest International Film Festival (SIFF)
Director Biography - Keensen Chambers

This 90s born director is known for the award winning student short film "100 Days Under". He was a scholarly athlete noted for numerous athletic achievements in high school and college. He was a NFL combine invitee and has four college degrees. His tremendous passion for filmmaking combines with a goal to expand and strengthen minority's influence in the cinematic world. He currently works freelance in the Film/Entertainment industry.

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Director Statement

I have always been fascinated by Biblical stories and how it can correlate with what we know about human history. This short story "A Cry in the Wilderness" is the very first screenplay I ever wrote at film school while working towards my MFA. At the time I was told that it would be impossible to shoot given the religious context. I ended up tucking this story away but it never left my mind. For years I continued to study (as a hobby) religious texts and historical documents. Finally, it was the COVID lockdown in Los Angeles where I finally had time to revisit the screenplay and develop a production plan. It was also during that time where several racist events occurred. I was deeply affected by those events, especially being a person of color myself. I started thinking about racial injustice and sparked an idea about how we view our gods/deities/heroes. Why were they all white? Then another thought crossed my mind, Jesus had never been white to me. I had always seen Jesus as a reflection of myself. But then I discovered the world has never seen a serious take of "black Jesus" in film. Why not a black Jesus? Surely Jesus is more black than white? In my research I discovered that he indeed was. With these thoughts in mind, a fire lit my soul. I decided to make this film to challenge those embedded systematic racial issues that caused violence and hurt our communities. My thoughts and the message of this film are of progression. We must progress past racism by accepting it exists. We must acknowledge it and not let it control us. We must defeat it by standing united and resisting any attempt of temptation from those who stand to profit or to gain political power from racial injustice. Finally we must create narratives written and visual where our heroes, gods, and deities are a reflection of different ethnicities and skin colors. It is also my hope that all ages and ethnic backgrounds can enjoy this short epic interpretation of a Biblical event.