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Bloed Susters

Bloed Susters is an experimental narrative film that explores and celebrates transformation, womanhood, and sisterhood through three young women experiencing pivotal physical and emotional transitions for the first time in their lives.

  • Briana Clearly
  • Briana Clearly
  • Jordan Rivers
  • Bria Lockhart
    Key Cast
  • Tyler Gabrielle Brown
    Key Cast
  • Iesha Rochelle
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 20 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - DePaul University
Director Biography - Briana Clearly

Briana Clearly is a director, screenwriter, and self-published author.
Her works have been screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel Chicago 2018 & 2019, Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival 2019, and more.

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Director Statement

I never thought of being a filmmaker. I always thought I’d be a radio/TV personality or a poet; an occupation that required me to use my voice. I stumbled into filmmaking, but what I’ve realized throughout my journey is that I am using my voice. I’ve actually learned what my voice is from making films. My voice as a filmmaker is to tell Black Women’s stories. To make sure that Black Women see themselves portrayed as vastly as they exist in real life.
The idea for Bloed Susters came to me in various images. Images and sounds; that were out of order and unrelated, even. Like puzzle pieces from a very advanced puzzle, but as I continuously wrote down what I saw (and heard), collected photos that reminded me of what I saw, and spoke with others about what I saw (and heard), the puzzle pieces began coming together.
I made a point to challenge myself by creating a piece that didn’t rely heavily on dialogue to tell the story. I challenged myself further by intentionally using sound (but not music) as an integral mechanism to tell the story.
I pushed myself to incorporate symbolism and meaning in the script, so that every aspect of the storytelling process after that was anchored in a strong vision.
I’m very proud of this film and believe it is not only an accurate representation of me as a filmmaker, but also as a person. Bloed Susters is the culmination of my lessons, my challenges, my vision, and my voice.