Logline

In the pre-civil war era, a family attempts to escape from the horrors of oppression that are still embedded in the DNA of America today.

 

Synopsis

In the heart of the 1855 Antebellum South, slavery is the business that fuels the engine of America. After Jessie Calhoun, a young boy, witnesses the brutal punishment of a family member who decided to escape the plantation, the Calhoun family must make a critical decision, decide if they want to stay and continue to face the everyday tyranny, or risk their lives in hopes of finding a better tomorrow. However, in this warped reality, the Calhoun family legacy is unable to escape the oppression, as, through centuries of time, the horrors experienced still haunt them. “Hands Up” is a story of how the effects and trauma of slavery have impacted and infected America today.

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Meet the Director

Angela White

Director/Producer Angela White

Meet the Cast

Nakia Dillard as "Josiah"

Nakia Dillard as “Josiah”

Alfred Lewis as "Jessie"

Alfred Lewis as “Jessie”

Tamika James as "Tilda"

Tamika James as “Tilda”

Dhakirah Darrell as "Adele"

Dhakirah Darrell as “Adele”

Todd Wilson as “John Wayne”

Todd Wilson as “John Wayne”

Jeff Hoover as “Obidiah”

Jeff Hoover as “Obidiah”

Yarc Lewinson as “Leroy”

Yarc Lewinson as “Leroy”

Victoria Spencer Smith as “Mary”

Victoria Spencer Smith as “Mary”

Meet the Team

Producer Brittany Mayti

Producer Brittany Mayti

Producer Errol Sadler

Producer Errol Sadler

Co-Producer Alan M. Brooks

Co-Producer Alan M. Brooks

Co-Producer Wendee Miller

Co-Producer Wendee Miller

INDEPENDENT SHORTS AWARDS

Best Film of the Month Independent Shorts Awards
Platinum Award Independent Shorts Awards

LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS

Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles Film Awards

LA LIVE FILM FEST

Official Selection LA Live Film Festival

HUMBOLDT INT’L FILM FEST

Humboldt Int'l Film Fest Official Selection
Alfred Lewis BTS
Tamika Washing still
Cast Members Jeff Hoover & Yarc Lewinson
Calhoun Family
John Wayne Still
Obadiah Still

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