Crescendo

Folks who are from Oakland know only too well the anguish of losing someone they love to violence. Such ideation becomes intensified when you can’t pinpoint from which direction that violent act may have originated. On any given day, prevalence of recurring street violence could eliminate someone you have come to know. Pressures of the streets change people and maybe a “friend” was never really a friend, a petty argument arose, and someone is eliminated from your life. Similar scenarios are played out when it is your loved one that has a hard time controlling their temper around law enforcement. Maybe they dropped the defenses they’d been told to erect since childhood to stay alive. They uttered something that rubbed a cop the wrong way, (mis)-leading to a beating by of supposed order against one, taking advantage of created chaos, prompting an immediate execution. What if he hadn’t uttered anything defiant and simply had been minding his own concerns? Why would the cops emphasise such dehumanizing aggression dealing with a black man? They don’t see him like I know him.They’re incapable of that type of compassion, empathy or honesty. I regard him to be a goofy, kind, smart, individual. But in the eyes of the law he is anything but that. Constantly renewing scenarios have rented a room in my mind and seek to extend their stay. Being away from home, phone calls at odd hours send tremors down my spine, evoking an inexplicable sense of panic. Especially, when daylight falls. It’s a relationship that defies logical understanding, a part of life perhaps meant to be ambiguous. So take what you may, as you are invited to have a glimpse of my inner thoughts. Jarring juxtapositions, buffered at times amidst comforting similarities, an anxiety re-occurring prior to hearing the fate of the one on the other line. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this piece. Please, never forget that I extend my heart to everyone who is forced to endure such horrific bouts of this anxiety.

  • Jasmine Harris
    Director
  • Markus Hicks
    Writer
  • Jasmine Harris
    Writer
  • Vivian Allen
    Writer
  • Jasmine Harris
    Producer
  • Markus Hicks
    Key Cast
  • Alex Brown
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 11, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Jasmine Harris

Jasmine Harris was born on August 31, 1990 and hails from Oakland, Ca . At an early age, Jasmine has had a profound interests in the arts. Raised by a single mother, she was fortunate enough to experience a multitude of artistic expressions ranging from Ballet to Martial Arts. Upon taking her first film courses in high school, it was clearer than ever that this was her passion. Jasmine has had a non traditional journey pertaining to her college education but as of recently, she is a proud alumna of UCLA. Her areas of studies are Political Science, African American Studies and Film Studies. She enjoys forging all areas of study into her films in efforts of pushing the culture forward and addressing socio-political issues in a myriad of ways.

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