Producer/Director: Tomeka M. Winborne
Cast: Main Actors: JaMara Smith, Jermelle Simon, Marlon Hargrave, Frances Owens, Dell Lamison, Bill Armstrong, Laura Campanelli, Krystina Mantzouranis, Johnnie Jackson, Raymond Shine, Brooke Lawsing, Lonnie M. Henderson.
Runtime: 27:07 min
Background Actors: Edward "Ted" H. Miller, Paris Brown, Tabitha Veale, CyrinthiaNicoleau, Michylah, "Marisa K" Marisa Krivanec, Jessica A. Brown, Devitta Jones, Jennifer Smith-Blakely, Sarita Scott, Lisa Smith, TamauriSurrency, DykiaSurrency, DerioSurrency, TayshawaSurrency, D'TiaraSurrency.
In “Aged Out,” A widow grieves the loss of her husband until a desperate looking teenager knocks on her door to offer handyman services. After hiring him for odd jobs around her house, she connects with him and becomes compelled to help this young man upon learning that he has AGED OUT, which in turn reignites her purpose to live.
"Aged Out" has been screened at the Bronze Lens Film Festival and the CineOdysee Film Festival and received the “Southern Shorts Award” Producer Award of Merit in 2018.
The term "aging out" refers to children within a state's foster care system who are still in the system when they reach the age of majority or when they have graduated from high school. Unfortunately, some foster kids just want to be done with the system and voluntarily move on, leading to many cases of homelessness.
The significance of this story and its associated reality resulted in an “AGING OUT: WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK” event presented by the Newport News Department of Human Services. The film was screened and then was followed by a panel discussion to talk about issue of youth aging out of foster care.
Tomeka M. Winborne shares her inspiration for the film in an informative video,Aging Out: Who's Got Your Back .
Tomeka M. Winborne
Tomeka M. Winborne is a writer and director that passionately loves to create stories that will invoke conversations. “My mission as an African American female filmmaker is to bring stories to the screen that embodies the experiences and voices of people of color that are devoid in television and film”, says Tomeka.
In 2005, Tomeka published her first novel, "Where My Strength Comes From." She later desired to see that novel on the screen. Initially, she planned to go to film school but it was too expensive. So she started volunteering on other people's film projects. In 2009, she wrote, directed her first short film, "PASS ME BY." She subsequently wrote, directed and produced her second short film, "TOO LATE" and continues to write, produce and direct other short films.
As a filmmaker, many of her stories are centered on social issues. Her most recent short film, currently in post-production, is entitled “WE’RE LEFT BEHIND.” The intention of this film is to inspire people to think about the children who are left behind when their parents are deported. Though the movie doesn’t give solutions, she hopes it will bring about empathy to this tragic situation.
Tomeka’s short film “AGED OUT” was screened at the “CineOdyssey Film Festival” and the “Bronze Lens Film Festival.” She has also screened “AGED OUT” as a fundraiser for Becoming Families, a foster care nonprofit organization. In October 2018, the Newport News Department of Social Services screened AGED OUT at their “AGED OUT: Who’s Got Your Back” foster care awareness event.
Tomeka produces and hosts a podcast, “TEA TALKS WITH TOMEKA, a podcast about women filmmakers, their journeys and their projects. She is also the host of JARO Podcast.She enjoys using various mediums to tell stories. In addition to making movies and podcasts, she’s also produced television segments, commercials, wrote a couple of novels, worked as a field reporter and has been commissioned to produce documentaries.
Tomeka is a founding member and on the leadership committee of the ALLIANCE OF WOMEN DIRECTORS - Atlanta Branch. Previously, Tomeka served as board member on the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance board in 2015. She has volunteered as a film reviewer for SOUTHERN ARTS and THE MID-ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL.
In 2014, Winborne developed LAVENDER REEL MEDIA GROUP, a production and media services company producing commercials, documentaries and other film projects. Tomeka was commissioned to co-produce a documentary entitled, “IN PLAIN SIGHT: HUMAN TRAFFICKING,” for Cox Creative which aired on Cox Channel 11 and its affiliate stations. She has also served as a field reporter for Cox Communications. In 2016, Tomeka received the African American Cinematic Series Norfolk Public Library Award.
Tomeka has been featured in Shadow and Act Black Women Filmmakers Speak Series by Tambay A. Obenson and the Virginia Pilot Newspaper by Pamela Nichols. She's also been interviewed on "The Creative Outsiders Podcast, Directing Magic Podcast, The Dreammakers Show and Cox 11 - Cox Connections television show - Human Trafficking Connections Episode.
Tomeka is thankful for the ability to combine her creative passion with her entrepreneurial spirit and believes wholeheartedly that her gifts make room for her.
Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old artist based in Lagos, is receiving global recognition due to his phenomenal artwork. Describing his style as hyperrealistic, Olamilekan began drawing at the tender age of six. By eight years old, he became a professional, making him the youngest professional artist in Nigeria.
To succeed at hyperrealism, extreme patience is required. While drawing, Olamilekan precisely captures even the most minuscule details in order to bring his works to life. “I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too,” he told DD News, adding that those who lack patience will not achieve hyperrealism.
Olamilekan’s typical subject matter includes drawing from everyday life in Lagos, his personal experiences, and family. However, similar to all great artists, his work has a more profound meaning than what initially meets the eye. Take “Daily Bread,” for example. “The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family,” Olamilekan explains. “The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”
The child prodigy began receiving worldwide attention after recently meeting with the French president, Emmaneul Macron, who was deeply moved by his work. At only 11 years old, this is only the beginning of Olamilekan’s accomplishments. His art teacher, Adeniyi Adewole, believes that he is one of the most gifted of his students, saying, “He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he’s going somewhere greater.”READ MORE........