ABOUT THE END AGAIN
THE END AGAIN, which stars Columbus Short and Tanee McCall-Short, is a pensive portrait of a couple’s last day together as they emphatically end their six-year relationship.
Joe and Jane have reached an impasse. It’s moving day. But knowing that it’s over doesn’t make it any easier to walk away. The mood is somber yet routine as Jane prepares their tea like she’s done so many times before and Joe helps her pack up the last of her belongings even as she prepares to walk out of his life. Throughout the day they muse on memories shared and rehash old arguments. Still the outcome remains the same. It’s over. In the end, their final farewell is emotional yet cold. Jane leaves. Joe is left alone. The end has arrived. Or has it?
THE END AGAIN was shot over a two-day period in the historic Edgewood neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. THE END AGAIN is a prequel to the forthcoming feature length effort entitled OPENENDED, which reunites the couple for a single day to mourn the loss of a mutual friend and to confront unresolved feelings.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
CRYSTAL C. ROBERSON (Director)
Since being honored by Women in Film & Television with the esteemed Woman to Watch Award in 2008, Crystle has given an eyeful to anyone who’s been paying attention. With over 8 years of experience in the film and television industry, Crystle has churned out a body of work that has garnered notable attention, awards and accolades.
In two days, she led a team of filmmakers to victory during the 48 Hour Film Festival Atlanta Competition by directing Standing Reign, a film within a film about a black actress standing up for her self worth. The short was later chosen for distribution on the “Best of 48” DVD which featured only 15 selections from thousands of entries.
The next year, Crystle was selected as 1 of 4 filmmakers, nationwide, to compete in the Chase Legacy Film Challenge, launched by blackfilm.com where she filmed Next Door’s Next and was awarded the HBO Filmmaker Award and a grant from Kodak. Later that year, she co-directed the award winning short Before I Wake, which was awarded ‘Best Film’ by The Doorpost Film Project, along with the much-anticipated $100K Grand Prize.
Soon, Crystle’s persistence and creativity caught the attention of actor/artist Idris Elba (Mandela), which led to a creative collaboration on Elba’s first music video, Private Garden, lensed in picturesque San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the meantime, an additional short film that Roberson scribed and directed called The Black Cage, an experimental film about a man who wakes up and discovers he’s no longer free, was airing nationally on BET Networks as 1 of 7 Top Finalists in the highly selective Lens on Talent Competition.
Most recently, Crystle traveled to the South of France to represent the newest addition to her filmography. Echoes, a film about love and it’s aftermath, was screened in the esteemed Festival de Cannes – Court Métrage: Short Film Corner and was also selected as 1 of 8 films worldwide to compete in the Diversity in Cannes: Short Film Showcase. The film was edited from chosen scenes of her debut feature film, Echo at 11 Oak Drive, which was funded largely by an ambitious online crowdfunding campaign. Roberson’s premiere feature tells the story of a Frenchman who moves into a century-old house, and through his writing, unveils the peculiar characters that once lived there. The independent film stars Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break, Sons of Anarchy) and is anticipating a 2014 non-theatrical release.
LATISHA FORTUNE (Producer)
Latisha Fortune is an award-winning independent producer who recognized her calling for filmmaking while working on the set of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion. She quickly became an invaluable asset to Roger Bobb, the Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios and became his executive assistant. Latisha worked tirelessly on the productions of Daddy’s Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married, Meet the Browns, as well as the number 1 cable television show, House of Payne where she eventually served as Assistant Production Coordinator for season 3 of the sitcom. Later that year, Latisha gained invaluable knowledge while working as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of Tyler Perry Studios, Oscar Turner.
With a hunger for hands on production, Latisha segued back into physical production as the Assistant Production Coordinator for the Oscar Nominated film, The Blind Side. Since then, she has served as Production Coordinator for several films and TV shows such as ACOD, The Red Road and Solace.
As an emerging filmmaker, Latisha has produced over a dozen short films, three of which have won awards. She was also a two-time finalist in the 2010 BET Lens on Talent Film Contest for Before I Wake and The Black Cage.
In addition to OPENENDED, Latisha’s production company, Great Fortune Films Inc., currently has several projects in development including Civic Duty, a dramatic series that follows the effect of a guilty verdict; Twiin, a doc-reality that explores the doppleganger theory; and The Next Super Producer, a talent competition where aspiring music producers compete.
FELICIA PRIDE (Writer/Producer)
Felicia Pride began her writing career nearly fifteen years ago as a cultural and entertainment journalist. Her unique writing style and genuine voice led to her first book deal for the highly acclaimed essay collection The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs. The book was recently republished by media giant NBC as one of the first books selected for its publishing arm and features a foreword from Public Enemy frontman Chuck D.
She went on to write six more books, including two for young adults, one of which received an award from the American Library Association. She was tapped by Simon & Schuster to pen two books based on the award-winning television show Everybody Hates Chris and was selected by a celebrated actor/director to ghostwrite his memoir.
In addition to her own projects, Felicia has played a significant role in the success of other media projects. As the head of media company pride collaborative, she develops and collaborates on innovative projects specializing in audience development, transmedia campaigns, outreach, and beyond broadcast extensions. She’s worked on films like Sundance selections Slavery by Another Name and Middle of Nowhere and has had the pleasure to work with PBS, NPR, Snagfilms, Participant Media and more.
She’s been tapped by award-winning director Ava DuVernay to head the education arm of her film distributor AFFRM. Felicia is also the director of storytelling institute StoriesLead, the co-organizer of StoryCode DC, a community for transmedia storytellers, and the founder of The Create Daily, a startup that matches media makers with career-advancing opportunities. Currently, a media fellow at the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, Pride has riffed on narrative, media, and storytelling at universities, institutions, and events around the country. She holds an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College.
CAST & CREW
Starring Columbus Short & Tanee McCall-Short
Director CRYSTLE C. ROBERSON
Producer LATISHA FORTUNE
Writer/Producer FELICIA PRIDE
Based on the Story By SANFORD GRIMES & FELICIA PRIDE
Executive Producer(s) JOHN GRAY & DIANNE ASHFORD
Associate Producer(s) SHEENA D. HAMER & COLBERT BERNARD
Production Consultant JUSTIN BONES
Production Coordinator JAY ROGERS
Assistant to Felicia Pride JESSICA FENNEY
Directors Assistant TONY RICHARDS
Director of Photography J. CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL
1st Assistant Camera FREDDY THOMAS & YURI KARJANE
2nd Assistant Camera RODRIQUE GOMES
Camera Operator CURTIS BAKER
Stills Photographer DANA EBRON
Camera Intern KAY PARIS
Editor MICHAEL MCREYNOLDS
Sound Designer DALE ADAMS
Gaffer TIM RYAN
Script Supervisor DANAE MCBURNEY
Key Grip RANDY THARPE
Dolly Grip MATT BYRNES
Best Boy/Swing KATE ROBERSON
Sound Mixer ROBERT VARDAROS
Boom Operator MARCUS PATRUSKA
Production Designer DANNY BROWN
Art Director VINCENT BATES
Set Dresser/Props STEPHANIE RICHARDS
On Set Dresser ELLIOTT HOLMES
Graphic Artist SHAQ SIMMONS
Costume Designer ZENITA CARSWELL
Key Costumer ASHANTI TOWNSEND
Costumer CHRISTOPHER OPOPO
Wardrobe Assistant MATRICE VIDETTE BROWN
Hair & Make-Up RACHEL SWIRE
Extras Casting LAQUANDA PLANTT
Special Effects BOB SHELLEY
Music THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE
Production Assistant (Office) HALEY RUTH SANDS
Production Assistant (Office) LAYLA HARLESTON
Production Assistant (Set) JOANNA MCPHAIL
Production Assistant (Set) OLIVIA STEEN
Production Assistant (Set) DESTINEE CLAVON
Production Assistant (Set) DERRICK BASTAIN