Private Project

Pain Is The Agent Of Change

After months following his brothers death. Julian questions his upbringings on how to process pain in life. "What if being strong isn't an option?"

  • Tristien Marcellous Winfree
    Director
  • Tristien Marcellous Winfree
    Writer
  • Tristien Marcellous Winfree
    Producer
  • Tristien Marcellous Winfree
    Key Cast
    “Julian”
  • Regina Gray
    Key Cast
    “Dr Lovestone ”
  • Idris Gbadamosi
    Key Cast
    “Young Julian”
  • Myesha-Tiara
    Key Cast
    “Julian Mother”
  • Karsten Cooper
    Key Cast
    “Julian nephew ”
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Harper Theatre Private Premiere
    Chicago
    United States
    August 28, 2019
    Hyde Park Harper Theatre
  • West Loop Library Public Screening
    Chicago
    United States
    October 22, 2019
    West Loop Library
  • Sista Ayfa Private Screening
    Chicago
    United States
    November 8, 2019
    Black Mental Wellness Weekend
  • Stony Island Arts Bank Center- Rebuild Foundation
    Chicago
    United States
    November 9, 2019
    Official Selcection- ABC Mixtape VL 2
  • University Of Houston-School of Communinication
    Houston
    United States
    November 26, 2019
    Open night projector
  • Scrantron Films
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    June 7, 2020
    Virtual Film Fes Marathon
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Filmmakers
    Chicago
    United States
    July 13, 2020
    Virtual Showcase
    Official Selection- Spirit Of Chicago
  • Elizabethtown Film Festival
    Elizabethown, Kentucky
    September 18, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Feedback Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    October 6, 2020
    Best Drama
  • Chicago Indie Film Awards
    Chicago
    United States
    November 1, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Tristien Marcellous Winfree

Tristien Marcellous Winfree is more than grateful to start his film festival circuit run. He's a local Chicago writer, director, actor, producer, teaching artist, and film maker. He attended The University of Houston-Downtown studying Fine Arts. Mr Winfree has had the privileged to perform and collaborate with theatre companies such as The Alley Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Pride Film & Plays, Goodman Theatre, Congo Square Theatre, Oak Park Festival, Chicago Dramatist, LatinX Theatre Commons, and other companies. Film & Commercial credits include Pain Is The Agent Of Change Short Film, The Healing Begins Documentary, The Tie Bar, Big Break, Teen Prevention, Wind stream Kinetic Energy. Mr Winfree is a huge advocate for mental health awareness. He uses his platform to make change in the world one step at a time. He represented by Lily's Talent. Stay updated on his website www.TristienMWinfree.com and follow him on social media platforms @Tmarcellousw

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Director Statement

"Grief arises as a product of a loss that we have experienced. It could stem from a person’s health, relationship, job, and loved ones. We may not be able to describe the wave of emotions, yet we do know that we are not ourselves. In the short film Pain Is The Agent Of Change. Tristien Marcellous Winfree tackles how we look at, unblock, wrestle with, and shed light on the distance and detach from our on own personal pain. The arts can heal us by giving these bits and pieces the attention they deserve and need. There is so much power in talking about it. We should be able to talk about mental health, we should be able to talk childhood trauma, and we should be able to talk about grief, but as a culture we shy away from the uncomfortable conversations. This an opportunity to learn from others who spoke, who fought to be heard, and the need be felt. Each time that we engage in the process using the arts, we give ourselves a break, a breath, and a reprieve from the pain that we face as culture."