Experiencing Interruptions?

Love Letter

Man and Woman struggle to keep the flame alive through the seasons of a relationship. It is a journey told through a series of colorful poetic vignettes.

  • Lauren Marissa Smith
  • Terry Gingles
  • Lauren Marissa Smith
  • Marishka S. Phillips
  • Lauren Marissa Smith
    Key Cast
  • Michael Oloyede
    Key Cast
  • Hans Charles
  • Rob Lee
  • Tony Clomax
  • Tony Clomax
    Sound Design
  • Anisha J. King
  • Scott Holmes
  • Michaela Boyd
    Costume Design
  • Michelle Brisita
    Hair and Make Up
  • Tony Clomax
    Color Correction
  • Teniece Divya Johnson
  • Joi Sandchez
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, African American, Lyrical
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Rapport Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 30, 2019
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • Women of African Descent Film Festival
    New York
    June 22, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Urban Mediamakers Festival
    October 12, 2019
    Best Short Film
Director Biography - Marishka S. Phillips

Marishka S. Phillips is Broadway actress, accomplished director, and thespian guru. She is an actor’s actor with an extraordinary wealth of talent. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Marishka began performing at age of eight, and by the time she was thirteen, was cast in the European tour of Raisin, a musical version of the popular play A Raisin In The Sun. Upon graduating from Springfield Gardens High School, Mariskha honed in on her skills at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of Dance, the Broadway Dance Center, and Fordham University, where she studied theater arts. Marishka’s big break came at the age of nineteen when the budding actress landed a feature role in the Broadway musical, Uptown: It’s Hot. Directed by the legendary Maurice Hines, Marishka found her niche on stage, and would go on to star in a host of other musicals, including Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, FAME: The Musical, The Wiz, and The Me Nobody Knows. In 2005, Marishka obtained the lead in an all-female cast of Othello, but by 2006, Marishka earned the lead in Absolute Fight at the NY Fringe Festival, and received an Audelco nomination for her role in Woody King’s production of Sweet Mama String Bean, as a young Ethel Waters. As a director, Marishka has directed two highly revered off-Broadway productions: Box produced by Stuart Films LLC, and Precious written by Damian Bailey. On screen, she made her directorial debut with Love Always, Eartha, a short film that takes an in-depth look at the life of Eartha Kitt in 1955. Marishka lives and resides in New York City, and is also an official New York Casting Director with her own agency, MPTP Casting.

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Director Statement

Love Letter is a film that peers behind the wall of privacy. What does Black love look like? What does it sound like? How does it live and die over the seasons of time? We were specifically interested in the interior of Black lives rather than the interaction of Black people with the exterior. Although love is a universal theme, in this country Black people have the courage to love each other in a time when the world can be painful, unforgiving and chaotic towards them. How does that chaos seep into a loving relationship that began so purely and what do the broken pieces look like after that chaos pummels its way through? Audre Lorde so poignantly said, “We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us.” Told through four poetic acts, the story is a conscious examination of specific meaningful moments in a love story. We explore the texture of those moments through heightened language, music, and visual artistry. We wanted to give the viewers the space and time to absorb all that is beautiful about falling in love and letting go. Love Letter pays homage to relationships from the past, present and yet to be.