streetside flower

Streetside Flower is a film about a ‘not so young anymore’ aspiring artist who realizes he is becoming his worst fear - an unsuccessful, unknown painter. Living in a city he can no longer afford, working a dead-end restaurant job, and in debt up to his neck due to college loans and a master’s degree in studio arts – Luke Best just turned 30. A dream opportunity arises that can solve all Luke’s problems. When what seems like this last hope falls short, he’s inspired to drop everything and bet on himself.

  • Robert Anthony Agard
    Director
  • Robert Anthony Agard
    Writer
  • Robert Anthony Agard
    Producer
  • Tremaine S. Witter
    Producer
  • Christopher Amaya
    Producer
  • Kenny Forbes
    Producer
  • Kenny Forbes
    Key Cast
    “Luke Best”
  • Dan Lay
    Key Cast
    “Troy”
  • Olivia Battle
    Key Cast
    “Rhea”
  • Joe Moskowitz
    Key Cast
    “Sean”
  • Leon Deacon
    Key Cast
    “Street Poet”
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 26, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Ultra HD)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Robert Anthony Agard

Robert Anthony Agard is a writer, producer, and director most recently known for his short film, Streetside Flower. Born in Long Island, New York, Agard developed his talents as a screenwriter and filmmaker at Brooklyn College Film School. He graduated top of his class with a B.A. degree in film production, and has since been considered a 'true realist' of both style and substance. He attributes his vivid, minimalistic approach of storytelling and filmmaking to his adoration for New York culture.

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Director Statement

Streetside Flower is a film for anyone aspiring to do anything. You don’t have to be a painter, or even an artist, to understand Luke Best. Our talents are our blessings, but this film is a reminder that they are also our burdens. We forget that the things in this world that bring us the most joy, can also bring us the most adversity.

My job as a filmmaker is not to simply entertain you, reassure you, or make you feel good but to leave you with something to think about. I could momentarily distract you from your own life, but while I have your attention I’d much rather leave you with a story that activates the audience beyond this film. A lot of us spend our lives knocking on doors, selling ourselves in search of a warm welcome into the life that we choose, before we knew all of the choices that we had. Streetside Flower illustrates the story of a person who finally stopped knocking, and became inspired to build something of their own.

-- r.a.a.