Student Films (2017-2021)

These are short films created with talent of the film communities of Georgia and South Carolina. It was our pleasure to work with so many talents. Additionally, we would like to say a big thank you to all the professional filmmakers who contributed time and resources to make these opportunities possible. Memories that we will never forget and wish everyone involved the best of luck. This part of our journey has come to an end, and all filming equipment has been donated to the Carolina Film Network LLC. Please check out their website for more information and follow them on their YouTube page for more student film projects and learn how to get involved.

A Small Life | (Alt-v2)

Ronnie is a small town hairstylist who has an extraordinary gift. She’s a loyal friend, great coworker, and clairvoyant. A client comes into the hair salon and Ronnie’s night takes an alternate route. The second incantation of the student short shares a different ending.

Mistaken Interest

In the midst of a not so nice divorce Travis stumbles into a bookstore and meets Chuckie. Curiosity has caught the best of Travis.

Karly’s Cake | Unused clips

A group home is shaken by the events of Karly’s birthday gathering. In the aftermath of healing from a broken home. This was supposed to be a party to escape from the unfortunate circumstances of life. Also check out behind the scenes of filming in the second video.

Pinky Swear

An impromptu poetic visualizer sharing the ins and outs of love.

Louis has a bright future, but needs a way out of his circumstances. His mother and sister are the only close family near by. Life around him is mundane and full of unwanted trouble from Jody and his crew.

Intrusion is a short film that is truly reflected in its definition.  In every situation that Louie faces, there is an unwelcoming and uninvited component echoed in his frustration, confusion, and turmoil. Bombarded with the inability to escape these realities both intrinsically and extrinsically, Louie searches to find some type of comfort in his thoughts, talents, and identity. However, his attempts fall short within his real-life story.

In the beginning, if the viewer isn’t paying close attention to dialogue, a very important detail can be overlooked. The beginning of the film foreshadows Louie’s philosophy on life. While grocery shopping with his mother, she states that she would rather be safe than sorry. Though that may seem like a very insignificant detail in the overall picture, throughout the film Louie lives in his “better safe than sorry” fantasy world through avoidance. It is a concept that is intertwined throughout the storyline. Numerous times the viewer sees Louie utilizing his avoidance tactic as a false sense of security. He attempts to avoid the local neighborhood gang, his sister, his own personal insecurities, and the conversation with his mother about Mr. Suave.

From a psychological viewpoint, Louie suffers from a form of Dissociative Disorder. He deals with his situations by developing a blurred sense of reality within himself. The truth about his world is that his imaginary lover doesn’t exist, and he has problems that won’t go away unless he meets them head on.  Escaping his life through his art, taking care of his mom, and having conversations with his imaginary lover helps him to keep his sanity which is something he has to work on every day. Unfortunately, those comforts are slowly becoming less and less secure in their protection. Louie knows that eventually he must face these issues  because they are rapidly coming closer to home. Jody and his crew rapes Louie’s sister, badgers him, and eventually breaks into his home. His mother consistently asks him about Mr. Suave, so Louie has this added pressure of deciding  whether or not he has the courage to let his fantasy lover go or tell his mother the truth. These problems approach his doorstep and leave him with no where to go.

At the conclusion of the movie, Louie faces a physical intrusion of his home,  symbolizing the many mental intrusions he faces throughout the film. This intrusion  marks his breaking point, the final straw, and the end of avoidance. In this final showdown, he shows that he is no longer willing to accept defeat. He shows that he is finally willing to face his difficulties, and it is then that his imaginary friend leaves the scene. Finding the courage to defend everything he stands for, he is at last liberated and overcomes the obstacles that have held him in his personal imprisonment.  

This film is a must see for those who feel that they need to retreat within themselves for liberation from a world that always seems against them. Louie becomes the personification of freedom and courage. In the end, Louie  frees himself when he realizes he does possess the power to face and control the realities of his own life.  Intrusion…beautifully crafted and well executed!

Pompey Productions executive produced this compilation and helping gather a strong suit of artist from the South Carolina area.

This soundtrack speaks volume of the hidden gems located under the radar of America’s favorite small town according to Southern Living Magazine. The compilation of artist and sounds produced for this record reflect the mind of protagonist, Louie in Intrusion.

Rapper Truzy brings the ‘real life’ energy of a young mans ambition. Mirlo stepping in on the second verse of ‘Boyz in the Hood’ bringing a voice to the youth coming from a small town that fits every ‘small southern town’ stereotype. The money mindset every millennial carries with them. Not to forget the sore thumb banger produced by zgo, the German producer getting the party started with ‘Hey Now’ an infectious ode to modern house music with a drive that will have you playing on repeat.

Klutch tha Game Shifta rides smooth on the driving track ‘Money’ joined by none other than the Executive Producer himself, Pompey. Eli’s lead single “You Don’t Know Me” is the anthem of the underdog you took for granted. The best take away from this track, be nice to the weird kids that don’t fit in. 😉 Mirlo completes the compilation with the r&b ballad ‘I’m not Sorry’ a song that may ring a bell with all but a few people.

If you were to take away any thoughts after listening to the soundtrack and watching Intrusion, what do you think?

-Chashawna “ThePenMagician” Wesby

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