Meet Me Inside

"It can't always be all work and no play"
A man meets a mysterious woman who has an interesting proposal for him. Is he ready for a new challenge?

  • Dominique Brownes
    Director
    first directing credit
  • Dominique Brownes
    Writer
    first writing credit
  • Dominique Brownes
    Producer
    first producing credit
  • Dominique Brownes
    Key Cast
    "Valentina"
    Handmaid’s Tale, This Means War
  • Ucal Shillingford
    Key Cast
    "TJ"
    Killjoys, The Intersection
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Film Noir, mystery, thriller, drama, neo-noir, urban
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Venice Film Awards
    Venice
    Italy
    Best Thriller
  • Urban Film Festival
    Miami, FL
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood South Urban Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
    Lilburn, GA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Baltimore International Black Film Festival
    Baltimore, MD
    Mid-Atlantic Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Dominique Brownes

Montreal born and raised Dominique Brownes is an actor and first time filmmaker currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Her directorial debut, “Meet Me Inside” is a completely self-funded short film that she wrote, produced and also starred in after understanding the importance of taking bold risks to generate content for on-screen #strongblackleads like herself in Canada. “Meet Me Inside” is also her first short live action project as producer and screenwriter.

Dominique holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from Concordia University.
Ms. Brownes is excited at the prospects of generating more opportunities to express her unique voice as a Haitian-Canadian female artist and looks forward to creating more work that features diversity and fosters gender parity both behind and in front of the camera. She is currently developing a lifestyle short-form series, a narrative comedic series and another short film.

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Director Statement

As a black actress, last year, I saw my opportunities limited and found myself in a place where I realized I would have to create my own project if I wanted to be hired to play a leading lady. I decided to write and produce a short film to generate work for myself and later opted to also direct the piece to stay on budget and gain my first credit in the field.

I was interested in exploring a genre not normally seen in the Canadian cinematic landscape and creating a neo-noir/urban thriller that would tell a story in a bold way. I wanted something unusual that would feature an all-black cast and portray lead characters in a position of power.

As a black creator, performer and female filmmaker, it was extremely important for me to take this opportunity to claim my space expressing and sharing my unique perspective and view of the world. Furthermore, it was imperative for me to work with a diverse team and I have successfully been able to fill 75% of the cast and crew positions by women and/or BIPOC artists both behind and in front of the camera in all stages of production.