A group of actors show up to an audition only to find out they've been hoodwinked into being extras on a big budget film.

  • Alisha Banks
  • Alisha Banks
  • Alisha Banks
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Alisha Banks

Alisha Banks is an actor, writer and director from Austin, TX. Being multiracial and in the film industry for over 10 years, she's excited for social progress to be reflected in the media, and for opportunities to share her unique perspective. Mannequins is her debut project.

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Director Statement

Mannequins is a proof of concept for a tv pilot that I wrote in 2020. I wanted to present a side of the film industry that hasn’t been shown, and tackle themes such as prejudice and stereotyping through the lens of people of color. Part of what I want to express is the relatability of having to choose between societal norms and personal values, and how we all struggle to fit in, but at what cost? As serious as this sounds, the show is a comedy that aims to showcase the unspoken and often absurd scenarios that actors deal with on a daily basis. I want to remove the shroud and mystery of the entertainment industry while providing thoughtful commentary about our society as a whole and why we do the things we do.