I'm Different

On August 25th, 2019 Elijah McClain’s family reported to the local hospital to hear the suspicious report of his critical condition.
It was a visit no family should have to make!

Get on the Bus meets Ozark when Aspie James Sterling Lee takes a trip to the country with his mentor Activist and Veteran Mack Major; to enjoy the lake and discuss the fate of young black men with Autism when they encounter police.

Features commentary and guidance from Celeste Beard Curry LPC.

  • O. Seantelle White
    Director
    Delicious Intent
  • O. Seantelle White
    Writer
  • Ariel Lachelle
    Writer
  • O. Seantelle White
    Producer
  • Mack Major
    Producer
  • Sterling Lee
    Key Cast
  • Mack Major
    Key Cast
  • Celeste Beard-Curry
    Key Cast
  • Curtis Walker Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Joe Morgan
    Key Cast
  • Ariel LaChelle
    Key Cast
  • O. Seantelle White
    Editor
    Baby On Board, Delicious Intent
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, short film
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Full Frame Canon C100 Mark II
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Art institute of Atlanta
Director Biography - O. Seantelle White

Seantelle White initially went to film school because she wanted to act and write, but she fell in love with the process of storytelling. She is a natural director and producer because of her “big picture” mindset. Her combined background in human service and non-profit administration along with serving as caregiver for her mother (from 1993 until 2019 when she passed away), AND raising a son with autism have allowed her to develop a breadth and depth of life experience. She wants to share that experience because it has given her the emotional intelligence to connect with people from all walks of life.

Her senior project will feature movies like "I'm Different" to catapult her future endeavor- youngfilmingandblack.com- an endeavor to expose marginalized youth to filmmaking; more specifically young women of color.

"Filmmakers have the power to make people feel. If you can elicit emotions like sadness, anger and frustration; you also have the potential to induce compassion, empathy and understanding. Visual storytelling is the most effective way to generate a proverbial walk in the shoes of another. There is also the power to inspire and present a call to action."

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Director Statement

Protest art is the perfect phrase to surmise my mission in filmmaking. I feel compelled to not only entertain but enlighten people to the plight of others. I am determined to produce content that speaks to issues we face in society: Poverty, the treatment of the elderly at the end of life; domestic violence; the recent attack on Capitol Hill- to name a few. I don’t mind some feeling uncomfortable if it sets others free. The United States vs Billie Holiday and the very song “Strange Fruit” are poignant examples of protest art at the highest level. When you realize all that Ms. Holiday sacrificed for the sake of combatting injustice- despite her own pain- that is what art should be. In my opinion, all art should make a statement that provokes discussion and action. That is why I incorporate activism in most of my work.

Consider the role that images played in the Civil Rights Movement. Change was inevitable because people could not look away from the intentional accidents of oppression, segregation and violent injustice. Film is my way of speaking for and to all souls- from the burned-out caregiver to the young person confined in the closet of sexuality. Film is a powerful voice that shouts down the walls that separate us.