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Night Shift | Short Film | 15:35 | USA | 2017

Sales Representative: Flourishing Films

 

LOGLINE

A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub. 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Having been raised in a working class/military family in Hawaii and San Diego, I’m intrigued by stories and characters that depict working class people trying to eke out a living the best way they know how. NIGHT SHIFT represents just one aspect of that journey and tells the story of an aimless soul in search of an answer to the question- “What are you going to do with your life?”

Ollie is a character that I’ve come to love. Played by the incredibly talented Tunde Adebimpe (NASTY BABY), OLLIE JEFFRIES is an on-again off-again actor whose career has stagnated over the years and ends up gigging as a bathroom attendant in a LA nightclub, called “The Fix”. Quick easy, tax-free money to hold him over between jobs was his goal, and he quickly convinced himself it wouldn't be so bad.

Working in intimate close quarters with random strangers provides a window to study human behavior. On this particular night, a series of random and sometimes strange, degrading encounters become too much to bear, as Ollie is forced to confront not only a personal situation with his soon-to-be ex-wife TRACEY (China Shavers- MULLIGNANS), but also the disrespect and blatant disregard from his customers.

His life got off track and now he’s trying to figure out what to do with his life.

Executive Produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVeee Productions, as a way to further their commitment to the support of emerging Black artists, this short has provided me with the opportunity to explore the narrative form in my own voice and unique point of view. I am thankful to also have original compositions by composer Timo Chen (Advantageous) and original music by Michael Uzowuro (producer-Frank Ocean). Together with my cinematographer Eric Branco and editor Sam Restivo (assistant editor- Birth of a Nation), I believe we have crafted a short film that is a lyrical expression of one man’s fear of facing the potential end of a dream. 

 
 
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