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With the Homies

A coming of age crime drama about four friends from the
suburbs who step out of their comfortable neighborhood and
into the harsh environment of street crime, leaving them all
questioning themselves and their relationships with each other.

  • Jalen Syncere Parham
  • Jalen Syncere Parham
  • Jalen Syncere Parham
  • Darius Ragland
    Key Cast
    "Devin (Dev)"
  • Chiemela Ananaba
    Key Cast
    "Andre (Dre)"
  • Quinton Parker
    Key Cast
  • Amani Murph
    Key Cast
    "Cameron (Cam)"
  • Miles Louison
    Key Cast
  • Miles Louison
    Director of Photography
  • Jalen Parham
  • Jalen Parham
    Story By
  • Ayanna Woodfolk
    Story By
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of age, Drama, Crime, Narrative
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony A7Sii
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Georgia State University
  • Black Film Fest - ATL
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    September 25, 2022
    Audience Choice Award for Best Student Film
Director Biography - Jalen Syncere Parham

Jalen Parham, a.k.a J Syncere, is an Atlanta based filmmaker, writer and photographer. Representing Savannah, GA, Jalen began his journey as filmmaker in 2018, when his love for movies was revitalized by making video projects for class. Since then, he has dove head first into Atlanta's emerging film industry, gaining a wide range of knowledge and applying it to his visual storytelling.

Jalen writes stories that look to change the current way Black people and their culture have previously been depicted in film and media. His content navigates through themes such as the Black experience throughout the diaspora, the search of self, and coming-of-age in the current social climate.

This past year, Jalen wrote and directed his first short film, "With the Homies," and also worked as a Cinematographer for another short, "Transparent." Both films are soon to be released in late 2021/early 2022. He worked as an intern for the award-winning WITH/Agency, assisting on as an office and set Production Assistant while also producing brand content for the company.

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Director Statement

"With the Homies" is film that speaks to young men learning to find themselves. In doing that, sometimes you grow apart from people that you grew up with. But, if you resist that growth, it can come back to harm you.