One Last Goodbye

Rocked by a devastating loss and a pending eviction from the home he shared with his wife, a man struggles to cope and “move forward” despite his sister’s best efforts to help him.

  • Latasha Kennedy
    Director
    Meltdown
  • Latasha Kennedy
    Writer
    Meltdown
  • Dr. Robert Kennedy, Jr
    Producer
  • Rani Robinson
    Producer
  • Monique Hazeur
    Producer
    Pariah
  • Huriyyah Muhammad
    Producer
    Farewell Meu Amor
  • Latasha Kennedy
    Producer
    Trayvia, Meltdown
  • Roderick Bradford, Jr
    Key Cast
    "James "Jay" Marshall"
    Riverment, Bird
  • Latasha Kennedy
    Key Cast
    "Jenise"
    Trayvia
  • Chavon T. Sutton
    Key Cast
    "Cassandra "Cassie" Thompson"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Latasha Kennedy

Latasha Kennedy is a screenwriter, actress, producer, and filmmaker. Recent credits include For My Man (TV ONE), I Dated a Psycho (Investigation Discovery), and Nightmare Next Door (Investigation Discovery). Latasha has also been afforded the opportunity to sing for two U.S. Presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, for special events including: Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Christmas in Washington (TNT), and We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration (HBO).

Currently, Latasha is developing content for television, film, and new media through her production company, LMK Entertainment Group. Her content is inspired by her esteem for fearless, young women on the rise, young families striving to raise next-generation leaders, and the African-American community at large.

In 2016, Latasha produced and starred in her comedic short film, Meltdown. She went on to write a spin-off web series called, She's Such A Mom. The series' pilot was a semi-finalist for the Sundance/YouTube Episodic Lab in 2016 and is currently in pre-production.

Latasha’s bottomline is to make her mark and a valuable impact on young people who come up behind her. She is an active member of the New York Women in Film and Television and the Black TV and Film Collective. Her spare time is spent with family and friends, reading, and watching stand-up comedy. She is a wife and mom of two boys.

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Director Statement

I wrote this story shortly after a friend of mine died by suicide. It takes place three days before our protagonist is to be evicted from the home he shared with his now deceased wife. A couple of months have passed since she’s died and it has rocked his entire world. While he grapples with grief, he must also contend with the mounting financial challenges that are a result of his wife’s sudden death and the absence of a financial contingency plan.

I want to explore the theme of LOSS SURVIVAL in this film. I am encouraged by the discussion about mental health, especially within the African-American community. However, I think an aspect of the conversation that has been overlooked is in relation to those who have dealt with the various levels of trauma as a result of loving someone with a mental illness, specifically trauma caused by suicide. I hope to widen the scope of the conversation with this film. I’m also interested in turning the lens on African-American men - their depth of love, strength, and pain. With an ongoing conversation in the media about African-American men being a “threat”, I want to show the African-American man that I am familiar with: one who is caring, compassionate, thoughtful, and strong. To widen the scope even further, I wanted to examine this man, now isolated, depressed and feeling hopeless, struggle to process his pain and also verbalize his needs to those close to him.

In the process of creating and sharing this story, I have discovered that so many loss survivors are in my midst and inner circle. I never knew. They suffer in silence, some ashamed by their loved ones’ choice to take their own lives and others committed to “moving forward”, and therefore without the time to process the trauma. Nevertheless, the pain is constant and often manifesting in other parts of their lives. My hope is that this story offers loss survivors an opportunity to feel seen and to know that they’re not alone.