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On the night of senior prom Xhade and her best friends navigate the growing pains of change, forgiveness and identity.

  • Desirae Lee
    Things At Rest, Beneath the Surface, Respectfully
  • Desirae Lee, C.A. Barrow
    Things At Rest, Beneath the Surface, Respectfully
  • C.A. Barrow
  • Candace Haynes
    Key Cast
  • LeAsha Julius
    Key Cast
  • Grace Nambo
    Key Cast
  • Angelina Hunt
    Key Cast
  • Rashad Frett
    K.I.N.G. , Ricky, Prototype
  • Kellen Silver
    Sound Operator
  • Joy Walsh
    Associate Director
  • Chuckwunonso Dureke
    Production Designer / Art Director
  • Chidinma Dureke
    Production Designer / Art Director
  • Nyla Stanford
    Wardrobe PA
  • Jalese Ayana
    Unit Photographer
  • Jordyn Malone
    Production Assistant
  • Malikk Rush
    Key Grip
  • Jacob J. Loser
  • Kimberly Campos
    Key Makeup Artist
  • Kellen Silver
    Sound Mixer
  • David Formentin
  • Yasna Vismale
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    8 minutes 58 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Ari Alexa Mini
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Director Biography - Desirae Lee

Desirae (Des) Lee is a multi-media artist, journalist, poet, and filmmaker from Jacksonville, FL with a goal to always tell honest stories. She is a Blackhouse Foundation fellow, a Facebook SEEN Initiative winner, and a Paul Robeson Awardee. She has had digital art installations exhibited up and down the east coast including at the Anacostia Arts Center, Lycoming College, and Miami Soul Basel. She recently completed a film residency in Ghana through partnership with the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD). She is also the grant recipient of several creative initiatives including Moment Invitational Film Fest, Late Fee Magazine photography grant, and the inaugural National Black Movie Day Scholarship.

Des holds a B.S. in Photojournalism and Innovation from the University of Florida and an MFA in Film from Howard University.

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Director Statement

I strive to create art which celebrates vulnerability, finds beauty amongst the mundane, and portrays diverse people of color with empathy. Within my work I appraise blackness as a holistic experience; a gift and a challenge that demands preservation. I encourage the youth to look to previous generations as an inspiration and our elders to treat the youth as a non-renewable resource. This juxtaposition fuels my fixation on the tricky emotion of nostalgia. I believe womanhood is a complex blessing and I’ve found power in femininity that shows through my work.