Filmmaker’s Name: Edward Worthy, Writer, Director, Producer and Editor
Film Title: Crescent
In 50 words or less, what is this film about?
My movie is about a black teenager who, after transferring from a predominately white school, endures prejudice bullying on the first day of band camp at an all black school.
Tell us something funny, or sad, or unusual, or crazy, that happened during the making of this film:
On this film, we only had 18 hours to shoot the entire 14 minute short. One crazy thing that happened is on our second and last day of shooting, we were completely rained out. Our outside band camp scenes looked as if they would have to be moved in doors. There was a 2 hour window of sun light before the sun set and we rushed and shot all of those scenes within two hour thus minimizing our original shooting plan.
What connection do you have to Mississippi? And why did you enter Crossroads Film Festival?
I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and my family now lives in Madison, MS where the Crossroads Film Festival now takes place. I wanted to show my film at Crossroads because of my connection to Jackson and because we shot the film in Jackson and many of the kids from Murrah High School, where we shot, can attend the screening.
Anything else you’d like audiences to know?
An additional fact that audiences may not know from the title “Crescent” is that it has a deeper meaning. Many might know the term which relates to the moon and its growing phases but there is also a literary meaning which is “to grow” or “to raise.’ I take those meanings and relate them to the growth of the black male. This short is based off of my feature film script and is a proof of concept for financing. The film dives deeper into the different phases of growth for the black male and being raised as a black male. It addresses many complexities in the black family household between the black father and his son. It also takes place in the city of New Orleans which is the Crescent City because of its shape around the Mississippi River and the film carries on the narrative of growing and being raised as a black man in New Orleans.