Private Project


"Wham!", the story of a nefarious soft drink that tries to take over a school, is a proof-of-concept short film . Our hero, Aquila, and her best friend Sadiquah, are two of the best students at 362 MLK Middle School. But when Sadiquah falls victim to mysterious rage episodes, Aquila must team up with new friends, Ari and Yamilet, to get to the bottom of a terrifying growing trend at their school before it's too late.

  • Sandra Manzanares
    Like Fine Silk
  • Wi-Moto Nyoka
    Middle Ground, Teeth, Freya, Affordable Housing
  • Viktoria King
    Echoes In Silence, FML
  • Adele Overby
    Music Theater Factory
  • Sadah Espii Proctor
    Sound Design
    Girl Icon
  • Alyssa Blake
    Key Cast
  • Emily Nobel
    Key Cast
  • Anani Ramos
    Key Cast
  • Beau Bradsaw
    Key Cast
  • Emilie Miranda
    Key Cast
  • Cesar Salcedo
    Key Cast
  • Tara Rodriguez
    Key Cast
  • Jeycob Mata
    Key Cast
  • Alex Sarrigeorgiou
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Stephanie"
  • Shelley Nicole
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Meertens"
  • Esdras Santana
    Key Cast
    "Ms. O"
  • Glenn McBride
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Jordan"
  • Natasha Demosthene
    Key Cast
    "MLK Principal"
  • Liz Morgan
    Key Cast
    "Aquila's Mom"
  • Amani Parbolus
    Key Cast
  • CrisMarie Diaz
    Key Cast
  • Xin Loki
    Key Cast
    "Delivery Man"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Horror, drama, YA
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • People's Theater Project
    New York
    United States
    March 23, 2019
  • Theater of the Oppressed
    New York
    United States
    May 21, 2019
  • Crosstown Arts
    United States
    June 14, 2019
    Memphis premiere
    Crosstown Arts Residency
  • Cinema Block Party
    United States
    July 20, 2019
    NYC premiere
  • Mecca Con International Film Festival
    United States
    Detroit premiere
    Official selection
  • Ottendorfer Public Library
    New York
    United States
    November 2, 2019
  • Center for Anti-Violence Education
    New York
    United States
    November 14, 2019
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

    United States
  • Official Latino Short Film Festival
    United States
    November 27, 2020
    Nominated for Best Webisode, Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble Cast, Out of the World Award
  • Kwanzaa Film Festival
    United States
    December 26, 2020
  • AfroComic Con
    Oakland, CA
    United States
    October 23, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sandra Manzanares

Sandra Manzanares is an Afro-Latina writer from Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She recently received her Master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she developed her own interdisciplinary curriculum in “The Art & Science of Storytelling.” Her thesis focused on the intersection of racial trauma and comedy on television. In 2017, Sandra wrote her first short film Like Fine Silk, which she co-directed and co-produced. It has since been an official selection at over 10 film festivals nationally. Sandra has a professional background in marketing, publishing, and blogging, and has worked on a variety of film and web series sets as an Assistant Director, Producer, Casting and Talent Director, Production Coordinator, and Script Supervisor. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

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