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Seven Minutes of Dreams

An afrosurrealist meditation on identity and dream projections, SEVEN MINUTES OF DREAMS is an experiment in time, the pregnancy of images, and the potent relationship between cinema and dreams.
Across seven sixty second vignettes, we are taken on a fragmented journey with a mind collapsing in on itself. Free of dialogue and traditional story, we step into spaces of enigma, ecosystems of related ideas that drift back into oblivion under the stubborn constraints of time.

  • Ty Smith
  • Ty Smith
  • Sonny Newman
  • Nate Slaughter
    Key Cast
    "Alpha & Jason"
  • Nathan Francis
    Key Cast
  • Clarence Leonard
    Key Cast
  • Cedric Williams
    Key Cast
    "Levi & Boots"
  • Alyssa Moore
    Key Cast
  • Ayana Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Anthony Purnell
    Key Cast
  • Tiara Gantt
    Key Cast
  • Armond Holman
    Key Cast
  • Charles-Curtis Sanders
    Key Cast
  • Sasha Brustinov
  • Ben Krasner
  • Matthew Newman
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, afrosurrealist
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Los Angeles Film School
  • Cairo Indie Short Festival
    September 29, 2021
  • London Film and Television Festival
    London, England
    United Kingdom
    August 31, 2021
  • The Film Collective. Short Film Festival
    Bensalem, Pennsylvania
    United States
    July 11, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Afrikana Independent Film Festival
    Richmond, Virginia
    United States
    August 16, 2021
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco Indie Short Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    May 21, 2021
  • SABIFF 2021 -- San Antoniolack International Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
    September 30, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Ty Smith

TY SMITH (writer/director) is a photographer, filmmaker, and poet from Denver Colorado. Though he considers SEVEN MINUTES OF DREAMS his "official" filmmaking debut, Ty has had success as a creator of award-winning comedic shorts: SOCIAL RECOVERY (about a man who attempts - with brief success - to put down his phone) screened at the Aurora Borealis Film Festival in 2017, winning Best Actor and the Audience Choice Award; RECONNECTING won Best Picture the following year. Ty is known online for his surreal photographs exploring themes of isolation, the uncanny, transcendentalism, ennui, and introspection. He cites his biggest influences as Donald Glover, Gordon Parks, and Jamie Fox, all of whom are multi-talented and work across mediums: "they showed me that I don't have to be one thing; I can make music, films, take photos, and express myself in all these different ways without any limitations."

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