Olde E

Demarkus Jackson, a young basketball star from South Central, Los Angeles, puts his life at risk when he comes home for revenge against his abusive father.

43rd Student Academy Awards - Semifinalist
Ryan Murphy Television Director's Showcase
Winner - Best Crowdfunded Film - Sidewalk Film Festival
Winner - Best of Shorts - BEA Charles and Lucile King Foundation
Winner - Best Actor - 2017 Las Vegas Black Film Festival
Finalist - 2016 UCFTI Film Competition
Finalist - Best Narrative Short - 25th Pan African Film Festival

Official Selection - New Voices in Black Cinema
Official Selection - 2017 Terminus Film Festival
Official Selection - 2017 Phoenix Film Festival
Official Selection - 2017 Crossroads Film Festival
Official Selection - 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival
Official Selection - 2016 LA International Short Film Festival
Official Selection - 2016 Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase

  • Xavier Burgin
  • Tiara Marshall
  • Jenna Cavelle
  • Jacob Eben
  • William Russ
    Key Cast
    Boy Meets World, American History X
  • Kent Faulcon
    Key Cast
  • Mike Wade
    Key Cast
    From Above
  • Trestin George
    Key Cast
    Fig, Fruitvale Station
  • Mack Miles
    Key Cast
    The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption
  • Scotty Tovar
    Key Cast
  • Emmanuel King
    Key Cast
  • Mario Rodriguez
    Directors of Photography
  • Adam Linzey
    Directors of Photography
  • Kelley Chatman
    Associate Producers
  • David Lui
    Associate Producers
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, African American, Social Issues
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital - Sony F5
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 43rd Student Academy Awards

    United States
  • BEA Charles & Lucille King Best of Student Media

    United States
    1st Place
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • LA Shorts Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 7, 2016
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • UCFTI Film Competition
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 2, 2016
  • Pan African Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 12, 2017
    Nominated: Best Narrative Short
  • Phoenix Film Festival
    United States
    April 9, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Crossroads Film Festival
    United States
    March 31, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Las Vegas Black Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Official Selection
    Winner - Best Actor in a Short Film
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    September 17, 2017
    Best Crowdfunded Film
Director Biography - Xavier Burgin

Xavier Burgin is an Emmy-nominated writer/director from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He’s the Director of Shudder’s first original documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. He’s a Sundance Fellow, HBO alumni, Ryan Murphy Half Fest alum, semi-finalist for The Student Academy Awards, and a director for the Emmy nominated series, Giants. A goofball at heart, he's amassed a 70,000+ following on social media via comedy, storytelling, and social commentary.

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Director Statement

Olde E is a brooding family drama about how trauma, anger and pain are transmitted between generations, and how the burdens and resentments of the past shape the choices and possibilities of the future. The background may be basketball, but the focus is on the fractious, difficult nature of family bonds beset by poverty, resentment and mistrust.

The through-lines of the film are cleanly established, with skillful writing deftly building character and motivation and offering just enough background for viewers to understand just what the stakes are for Demarkus. He’s looking for a way out, and in many volatile, tense scenes, we see exactly why he’s so desperate to escape from.

Much of the film is shrouded in shadows, with a moody, almost oppressive darkness that hangs heavily over much of the story. The look and feel is almost noirish, and when the action takes a darker, more violent turn, the visual approach suits the emotional tenor of the film well, especially as the conflict between father and son escalates and Demarkus makes a shocking choice that may endanger everything he’s fought so hard to create for himself.

A semifinalist at the 43rd Student Academy Awards, “Olde E” at its core about family and legacy, and how past generations’ unresolved business — and poverty and violence — perpetuate themselves in a cycle.

Breaking this cycle is beyond difficult and painful, and “Olde E” offers a perceptive and insightful look at just why cycles are so hard to shatter: why moving on and up can feel like abandonment to those still mired in the past, and how bitterness can rise to such venomous levels that it sabotages the usual parental desire to want what’s best for a child. It’s painful to watch, but with unflinching courage, the film forces us to take a closer, compassionate look at the emotional roots of generational violence and poverty, how deeply parents can damage their children — and how part of growing up is learning to separate your self from your background and family legacy.