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As Above

…. When your Earth Plane feels a strong sense of pull, setting in motion an enigmatic chase thru a maze of dimensional time… sparking an orgasm into enlightenment…

Loosely based on the 2nd Law of the Universe; The Principle of Correspondence, “As Above” tells the story of The Earth Plane returning home, to find herself intuitively drawn to a presence she can’t ignore. Alone, The Earth Plane follows her instincts through a twisty windy hallway looking to connect an alluring call to her.

Ready to set the celluloid runway ablaze once again, Director/Editor Sewra G Kidane returns with her next fashion film following the success of “Proclamation Punctuation”; her 2017 award-winning homage fashion film to the exclamation point. Filmed on location in the Bronx with a 1970’s soundtrack and aesthetic, “As Above” stars leading ladies, Iman Artwell-Freeman, Lyfe Silva and Nazlah Black as The Three Planes of Existence in an otherworldly discotheque soirée!

Centerpiece starring fashions for the film feature an Anitra Michelle purple velvet crystal-studded Divinity Kimono and handmade Brass Headdress and Halo Rings designed by Lorraine West Jewelry, both created exclusively for “As Above”. Featured fashions also include vintage designs from 70’s designer Giorgio Sant’ Angelo, Lori Silverman Shoes with her signature Swarovski crystal-encrusted soles and Balmain accessories.

Cinematographer Michael Cooke returns to lens with Ms. Kidane, along with other “Proclamation Punctuation” key players, including Fashion Editor, Chandra Moore; Lead Hair/Make-Up Artist, Jey Belle and Sound Design by Cory Choy of Silver Sound Studios in NYC. The funky electronic synthesized score for “As Above” was composed entirely by LA native and DJ, Alexia Riner.

  • Sewra G Kidane
    Director
    Proclamation Punctuation
  • Sewra G Kidane
    Writer
    Proclamation Punctuation
  • Sewra G Kidane
    Producer
    Proclamation Punctuation
  • Iman Artwell-Freeman
    Key Cast
    "The Earth Plane"
  • Nazlah Black
    Key Cast
    "The Light Self"
  • Lyfe Silva
    Key Cast
    "The Higher Self"
  • Chandra Moore
    Wardrobe Stylist
    Proclamation Punctuation
  • Jey Bell
    Hair & Make-Up
    Proclamation Punctuation
  • Michael Cooke
    Cinematographer
    Proclamation Punctuation, Across The Tracks
  • Cory Choy
    Sound Mix
    Proclamation Punctuation
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Suspense, Fashion Film, experimental
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 27, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9 Anamorp
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Sewra G Kidane

Sewra G Kidane is a renowned Creative Commercial Film Editor, working with fashion and beauty brands such as Creme of Nature, Estée Lauder, Herring & Herring, and Ooshie. She has an innate ability with her editing style, elevating the quality of the footage, whether its high budget beauty rushes, gritty digital handheld material, or found media and transforming it from a raw concept into a stylized spot. A native New Yorker and a graduate of Emerson College, Boston, Ms. Kidane is currently based in New York City. Along with cutting client work and directing fashion films, she also teaches “Fashion + Film” at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Ms. Kidane is also the highly acclaimed Director and Editor of the award-winning fashion film, “Proclamation Punctuation”. The film has been featured in various national media outlets and has been named on Forbes’ list of “The 12 Best Fashion Films” along with winning several awards, including “Best Visual Moving Art”, “Best Short Film” and “Best Glam Fashion Film”. Noticing a lack of Black fashion, glamour, and beauty being shown and celebrated, particularly in the fashion film world, Ms. Kidane decided to create her own lane. Her vision combined with her meticulous artistry has allowed her to pave a new style of fashion films.

Ms. Kidane is currently on festival tour with her strikingly dynamic fashion film “As Above”... A Cinematic Discotheque On The Universe's Dance Floor!!! It's loosely based on the 2nd Law of The Universe; The Law Correspondence, ‘As Above, So Below’.

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Director Statement

"My favorite word in the whole wide world is KUJICHAGULIA! It's a Kwanzaa principle and it means self-determination. I love saying this word, I love hearing it and I love reading it! The spirit of the word has been a guiding force for me even before I knew what the word was or meant. It essentially means to create your own path and your own destiny. Your own way! Because I wasn't working on the type of films I wanted to edit and because I didn't see fashion films that reflected and spoke to me as a Black woman and to my Black beauty... I created my own."