"Choices" Trailer

A short documentary on homophobia in the Black community.

  • Aneesah Dowd
  • Aneesah Dowd
  • Parnell Damone Marcano
    Key Cast
  • Aidan Phillips
  • Tanner Novotny
    Associate Producer
  • Jodi Berg
    Director of Photography
  • Camila Noriega
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    1 minute 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2019
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    United States
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Director Biography - Aneesah Dowd

Born and Raised in Compton California, Aneesah Dowd is apart of the first generation in her family to recieve an education past high school. She grew up with a love for cinema - her mother introduced her to great classical films and filmmakers. Some of her biggest inspirations include, Hype Williams, Spike Lee, John Singleton, and Ava DuVernay.
After high school she traveled to Hawaii where she studied performing arts in theater, dance, and music. With the skills and appreciation for art she gained at the University of Hawaii she made her way back to Los Angeles where she received a degree at Columbia College Hollywood - BFA: Cinema and Television in 2018.
She has a passion for documentaries about the Black American experience, thus "Blended" was created. She recently completed her second documentary “Choices” about homophobia in the Black community from the perspective of the Black male. She is currently in the pre-production process for her third documentary on mental health in the Black community from the perspective of the Black woman.

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Director Statement

I'd like to think of myself as an honest filmmaker, what better way to tell your truth than through cinema? My films are made centering around the Black community simply because there are not enough stories being told about us. I want to change everyone's views on the Black experience, the best way I can do that is through my art. My goal is to have films that young Black girls and boys, who simply do not have enough representation, have something to watch and relate to. Representation matters.