release

An experimental short film looking into the mind of a Gay, Afro-Latino questioning his self worth. Inspired and based on a poem by Cedric Leiba Jr.

  • Pierre Jean Gonzalez
    Director
  • Paul Anthony Notice II
    Director
  • Cedric Leiba Jr
    Writer
  • DominiRican Productions
    Producer
  • Cedric Leiba Jr
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Sol Crespo
    Key Cast
    "La Bruja"
  • Pierre Jean Gonzalez
    Key Cast
    "Thug #3"
  • Paul Notice
    Editor/Screenplay
  • Katrina Ann Reid
    1st AD/Production Manager
  • Dominik Czaczyk
    Gaffer/2nd Camera
  • Sultan Ali
    Grip/2nd AC
  • Andrew Sotomayor
    Music/Scoring
  • Jordan Jancz
    Cello
  • DominiRican Productions
    Executive Producer
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Pierre Jean Gonzalez, Paul Anthony Notice II

Pierre Jean Gonzalez is a New York based actor, producer and up in coming directer hailing from the Bronx, NY. Since a very young age Pierre has worked in many theatrical productions. Currently playing Alexander Hamilton in the National North American Tour of Hamilton, this directing experience has opened his eyes to the importance of showing and telling POC stories. DominiRican Productions was created out of a need to take ownership to create and highlight these stories. This is a form of protest. To educate. Take action. Pierre has an undying passion to grow, learn, and produce work that will shine light on the underrepresented. DominiRican Productions has become a way to create more opportunities for marginalized people to be seen and heard.

As a 2017 NY Emmy Award-winning producer, with over 12 years of filmmaking and journalism; Paul A. Notice II has produced, directed or edited projects for a wide scale of artists including: Mykal Kilgore, Cedric Leiba Jr., J. Read, Melanie Charles, Taja Lindley, David Whitwell, Kendra Foster and Von Middleton.

They’ve also produced work for MSNBC, OkayAfrica, LYFT, The Policing & Social Justice Project, JLUSA Elite Daily, The Legal Aid Society, FACE Africa, OkayPlayer, Fresco News, even successful Kickstarter campaigns. It’s work that’s recently earned them the 2019 Spotlight Gold Award for their recent documentary, A Wonderful World: a Louis Armstrong.

Paul's latest work, “Como Eres” was featured in Summerstage 2020, while their earlier 2019 documentary, “Shaw Boyz” earned the 2019 ISA Bronze Award for Best New Web & Media and the Official Selection. They directed the gritty psychedelic ode to Newark, "Everything," for Hip Hop artist J Read - which won the 2019 Audio Shoot Unsigned Festival Award for Best Hip Hop Music Video.

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Director Statement

Words from the writer: "In March 2020, just days before the pandemic shut down, poet Cedric Leiba, Jr. filmed a virtual experience of his poem “Release” at Pregones Theater in The Bronx. The poem explores Cedric’s journey and struggle to re-awaken his poet’s voice and the path to self-love."