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Crescent

A young black man transfers from a predominantly white high school to an all-black school where he experiences culture shock

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Title: Crescent

Producer/Director: Edward Worthy

Cast: Joel Ware, Torren Davis, Dakota Conway, Jeffrey Reynolds, Rigel Robinson, Jr., Matthew Nathaniel Hudson

Runtime: 14:07 minutes

This short film is a small portion of a feature length script that Edward Worthy has been writing for the past year.  The idea had been in his head for over ten years and is based on his personal experiences.   This story is a reality for an overwhelming number of black boys growing up in a multi-racial community who often experience culture shock when exposed to an all-black environment.  These experiences bring to light a lot of prejudices and stereotypes that blacks have based on a myriad of social and economic factors. Why was it that a young black boy struggled to fit in with other black kids? It was that thought that sparked the idea for “Crescent.”  The writer chose this name for the film because of its meaning; to grow or to rise. The feature script takes place in the city of New Orleans, also nicknamed the Crescent City, and centers on raising black men to maturity in that city.

This film includes the theme of “colorism”, which is a historical struggle within the black community rooted in slavery and subsequent bourgeoisie culture. Consequently, black people continue to discriminate against each other based on skin tone, hair texture, dialect and social status.

In the film “Crescent,” the marching band is a symbol for unity; however, the lead character does not see himself as a member in the section. It is not until the band director, Andre Narcisse, reveals to him the ignorance of his actions that he makes a powerful choice.

In our society, we must see each other as one because that is how God created us. It is then that we will be able to grow as human beings.

Director Biography - Edward Worthy

Edward Worthy studied film at The University of Southern Mississippi and attended the Masters in Film program at Florida State University. His education has shaped him to be the artist he is today.

Edward is a working Editor and freelance Director in Los Angeles and has worked with talents such as recording artist/rapper Drake as well as Los Angeles Clippers Assistant Head Coach Mike Woodson.

With a multitude of accolades associated with him, Edward’s previous short film “Witness Monitor” has screened at eighteen film festivals across the country and won Best Short Film at The Los Angeles Thriller Film Festival and was nominated for the same award at Scare–A-Con.

Edward has been developing the film and script “Crescent” for over ten years. He is intrigued by stories of race, specifically as it relates to the theme of colorism within the Black community. Marching bands are a big part of southern culture and serve as a constructive outlet for the youth. From marching bands that practice corps style (as seen in the military) to the show style marching of predominantly black schools. In “Crescent,” Edward uses his main character’s transfer from one marching band to another to showcase the vast differences between cultures.

 

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