Mesmerized by the latest piece by Director Christian Schultz.
The film has received laurels from The Bushwick Film Festival, The Windy City Film Festival and Independent Short Awards. It has received a Vimeo Staff Pick, as well as a Daily Pick from Film Shortage.
Christian describes the film as, “A quiet meditation on kids and hope within the struggle of urban poverty.”
The film’s original intent, though complex in subject, was not complex in concept: to explore food insecurity in the urban populace. Straightforward enough, but was quickly discovered to be a cascading issue. To talk about food insecurity means to also talk about poverty, trauma, drug use, neglect, and abandonment; all-encompassing issues unto themselves. The short film miraculously, intimately touches on all.
The subjects of the film, our guides to this complex world, are children. The choice was easy, quoting from the director, “Any time you hear about food insecurity, poverty, crime- it’s from adults. Adults with political views, past traumas, motivations. Kids carry none of that.” Another truth, the topics addressed in the film inherently come down to children; thus, who better to speak about them? Their honest accounts naturally submerge us in their experience.
Our hearts have been moved. Our synapses have been graced with gorgeous cinematography. Perhaps, we have a new understanding.