Private Project

The Best Time

Sydney is doing everything she can to meet the demands of being a new mom. She feels the pressure to bounce back, care for the baby, and be the best wife. Exhausted from a lack of uninterrupted sleep, a never-ending stream of dirty laundry, and pumping. Sydney decides to return to the office as a means to feel “normal” again. However, unable to secure childcare, she remains tied to the house. Turning to her husband Derrick for comfort, whose blind to her unhappiness, a depressed and seemingly alone Sydney loses the battle within herself.

  • Shaunic Stanford
    Director
  • Shaunic Stanford
    Writer
  • Shaunic Stanford
    Producer
  • Edrei Hutson
    Producer
    Sisters
  • Anna Marie Sharpe
    Key Cast
    "Sydney "
  • Austin Dean Ashford
    Key Cast
    "Derrick "
  • Tajianna Okechukwu
    Key Cast
    "Terry "
    Americanized
  • Stephanie Victoria Yuen
    Associtate Producers
    I Am Full
  • Eric Kochmer
    Associtate Producers
  • Jalea Jackson
    Editor
    Ma Belle, My Beauty
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Pro Res 6K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Shaunic Stanford

Shaunic Stanford, is a driven storyteller, has a creative imagination, and a deep love for the arts. She studied acting at the Cincinnati Playhouse where she discovered her passion for writing. Shaunic focused on screenwriting at the Jacob Krueger Studio and learned television comedy from her mentor, Jerry Perzigian (The Jeffersons, Golden Girls). Her screenplay, Decide, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Screencraft Short Film Production Fund. It was also placed within the top 50 in the Shoot Your Short competition, and was a second-round finalist at the Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition. Shaunic wrote and directed her first short film in 2021, The Best Time.

In addition to her film studies and accomplishments, Shaunic has earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Mount St. Joseph University. She currently lives in California, where she enjoys spending time with her family.

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Director Statement

The inspiration to write and direct this film was born from my own experience with postpartum depression. Like the character Sydney, I felt hopeless, overwhelmed, and isolated. I was unaware at the time I had PPD and suffered in silence. 

After sharing my truth with a few mom friends, I was surprised to learn they had dealt with PPD as well. The common thread during our conversations was silence and shame. Some moms shared they carried the pain long after the birth of their children. They admittedly fell into the “ strong black woman complex” and concealed their feelings. At that moment, I knew, I needed to create a safe space of transparency. 

It was imperative as a filmmaker to demystify the notion that black women are always strong. We do need emotional support, especially after the birth of a child. Studies show that the risk of PPD is significantly higher for new moms of color. 

Although this story is told from the lens of a black woman’s perspective; postpartum depression is a universal problem that affects women from different ethnic backgrounds. The hope is that this film gives women who have suffered in silence a voice. The mental health of all moms matter.