Announcing: “How Could You?”

This particular short film “How Could You” from 4LetterFilms was originally part of an online panel discussion within our Crownn Records/WorthJourney family.

The Official Trailer for “How Could You” – Available on November 26th, 2020
via Dailymotion

The thing of it is, we were either stranded or chose to remain where we were at the start of the Covid19- pandemic. Either way, we all had travel restrictions and this was quite unusual for those involved in this in-house panel discussion. Especially during the spring as we normally prepare for our summer travel jaunts.

Philip Ailon was in Athens, Greece complaining that there was thus far no tourist for the upcoming season. James E. Lane was in Fort Pierce, Florida, dealing with not only the preparation of the pandemic but the indescribable atmosphere in America. I (Jerome Fitts), was in between Santo Domingo and Boca Chica missing my love ones in Europa. There were no flights and I was basically stranded in paradise. We were all moaning about the pandemic and how it had altered our normal routine and plans.

I went to my hotel balcony speaking to James and noticed three kids the first hour or so, then maybe ten kids congregating in the rubbish below. My first thought was; “You have to be kidding me?” I proceeded to tell James this, as he barely made it out some 5 days prior and he laughed. Then I laughed. Philp in another message laughed. The mutual laughter came with a shared message of “maybe they are looking for a mask?”

San Rafael, Dominican Republic March 4th, 2020. The photo was taken by Jerome Fitts.
All Rights Reserved.2020

Soon afterwards, I picked up both the companies cameras Sony Raw and Nikon 70D and started filming. After we reviewed the film, there certainly wasn’t any laughter, but a dead silence of embarrassment between all of us. All of a sudden our biggest problems didn’t exist. We knew that our worst days could quite possibly be these kids finer days.

Children rummaging in the waste. Photo By: Jerome Fitts.
4 Letter Films. All Rights Reserved. 2020

“How Could You” was born. This isn’t a laughing matter. These kids live in this rubbish bin. This isn’t about race, religion and especially politics of who can tell their story first. This reality and is their reality.

The point of this film is: How could we complain when we know someone has it worse than we do? The characters of this film do not complain. They are making the best of what they have and are grateful for their existence on a daily bases. Are we? Maybe they are better humans than we are.

So before you go and post a complaint or ask for “prayers up” then stare into that mirror while taking a photo of yourself pleading for others to like and share- then complain when you recieve rude responses- think of these kids that are at our door steps.

Wink,

Jerome, James and Philip

“Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other.. Part 1”

By Crystal Ellis

“Next year will be my year!” “Next year will be my year!” For years, I would tell myself over and over again, I was going to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The year 2019 was the year. September to be exact. The event was always on my bucket list, but somehow I never made it my priority. Finally, during this past summer after saying I would go so many times I decided to make it happen. I booked plane tickets for late September and started to plan my trip. Being a woman of colour it’s safe to say that I was more than a little hesitant to be going to Germany alone. After booking the trip anxiety kicked in and I really started to question if this was the right decision for me. All of a sudden every bad article or internet video flashed into my mind. After a slight breakdown, I had to remind myself that you can’t always believe what you read or view online.

Crystal Ellis enjoying the festivities of Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich, Germany. Photos Used By Kind Permission.2019

This gave me even more of a reason to go rather than my initial Ocktoberfest dream. I needed to put my fears aside and take a leap of faith that everything would turn out alright. I “put one foot in front of the other” and just did it. Upon arriving at the hostel, I immediately made friends with others staying at the hostel who were also attending the well-renowned gathering in Munich.  

Oktoberfest turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had. I met so many amazing people and the German people were not as cold as expected but rather the exact opposite. They were inviting, generous and probably the friendliest people I have met thus far in Europe. Oktoberfest was my original motive but the friendships I made and mutual understandings of our different cultures is what it was about- the positive energy was priceless.

Hmm.. next step forward?.

Crystal

Good News Documentary Review-“Shaholly”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

The spirit in which top fashion model Shaholly Ayers details her path to stardom in the short documentary Shaholly, is exactly what The Cacique Film Festival Series definition of a “Good News Documentary” is.  Award winning director Wojeciech Lorenc did a near perfect job of highlighting Ms. Ayers personality that compliments her stunning beauty. The story itself is something we encourage our readers to patiently watch. The thing of it is, you may find yourself watching it over and over. This is turning adversity into triumph.

As a society we all want to be in a place and time when we are not  judged from the first sight of one another, but unfortunately the world has not developed into that place- just yet. Hopefully this documentary, produced by Mary O’Connell, could lead us to taking another look at our ethics.

Copyright controlled. Photo used by kind permission. 2019

After watching the documentary for a second time, we (WJ) found ourselves searching for more information on Ms. Ayers and by no one surprise, her story is a continued journey. It is exciting and inspirational following her steps toward building onto her dreams.  Shaholly Ayers is a master piece of beauty in her own right and the word special has to be replaced by an adjective that hasn’t been written yet.

Copyright controlled. Photo used by kind permission. 2019

Our take on the film is that; opportunities taken for granted should be withdrawn from those who think they are entitled to it. Within the film Ms. Ayers mentions the doors that were closed by certain shallow thinkers and how her tenacity to fulfilling her childhood dream eventually became a reality. It should be noted that there was never a mention of self pity or acknowledgement of her disability that withheld her from overcoming those obstacles. 

Copyright controlled. Photo used by kind permission.2019

Watch the documentary! It takes less than 5 minutes to feel good about the rest of your day and on one those worse days when you are not counting your blessings, do yourself some justice by watching it again.

Remarkable “Good News” documentary- WJ

Smartphone Review- “Our 1st Smartphone ShortFilm”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

In the new modern world of digital storytelling there is such a thing called supersaturated wannabees in film-making. To be frank, some are good but for the most part there is a clueless exemplification of objectives in those “we can do it all ourselves films!” At the end of the day it has come down to the opinions within the “eye of the beholders”.

Our 1st Smartphone Short Film, is one of those exceptions.. “It’s brilliant, sexy, classy,  and thought prov-active”, while maintaining the viewers attention for its 2 minute span. 

The production is splendid with the dual threat of directors Emigdio and Ivan Jorge  complimented by the writing skills of Silvia Colin, that put those imaginary lines of huge production cost to rest. The limitations set forth was obviously not an obstacle. You know the statement; “Either you have it or you don’t?” — well these guys have it. This short film was done with an IPhone X

This submission to Cacique Film Festival, has  been selected for the Tunnel Vienna, Austria Event (March 29th, 2019)

Splendid piece of work!- WJ

SmartPhone Review- “Kuujjuaq”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

“Kuujjuaq”, a smart phone  short film, which was initially a student essay, has found its way onto the Cacique Film Festival Series (Vienna, Austria event March 29th, 2019) screening selection. As well as being educational short film to anyone who hasn’t been to Kuujjuaqthis may serve as another reason to travel to a place where most wouldn’t dare ponder. That is until now! Do yourself some justice and click on the  highlighted links in blue to find out where this remarkable village is.

Kuujjuaq trailer / bande-annonce from Wapikoni mobile on Vimeo.

Besides the obvious that its blistering cold in Kuujjuaq, the film gives some insight to the culture as well as the amazing geography that surrounds one of the fourteen villages in this Canadian province. Maybe short films such as this should be endorsed more to broaden the minds of those that wonder what a pure quality of life is like and how similar their own existence is. Sammy Gadbois, did a fabulous job of encouraging viewers to visit his village  with a broader outlook on what some may consider untouched regions.

Scenes from Kuujjuaq.
Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2019
Copyright controlled. Sammy Gadbois.2018

We do hope that all of the major travel boards (TripAdvisor to Booking.com) take notice of the work this student has done “pro-bono” advertising this remarkable village. In closing it should be noted that the Wapikoni Mobile team deserves a standing ovation for not only supporting their youth but also doing an excellent job with their professional submission. We are eternal fans.

Thank you Mr. Gadbois for enlightening us.

“Informative”- WJ

WJ.

Credits:

TIME!- “Our Most Valuable Commodity”-

By: Edward Lane

Time is the one thing most of us take for granted, even though it is the one thing we possess that is limited and finite. As a dear friend of mine says, “We all have the same 24 hours!” and in my opinion it is the absolute truth! However, with that being said, my thinking of late takes it one step further – “we all don’t have the same amount of sand in the hourglass.” 

No one knows how many grains of sand anyone has been blessed with. God Almighty makes this a mystery to man, for all our perceived wisdom and intelligence, no one can know this answer!

“How do we spend this most precious and valuable commodity? With what or whom do we share it with?

Obviously this is a unique question that every individual must decide for themselves. No two answers, in my opinion, would be the same – nor should they. It is something that I have noticed from my journey through life which has been change with time. Many things have made me reevaluate the way I think about time. Marriage, death, my children, my faith and friends are all things that have forced me to examine myself.

Spending time with one of my twins.

Lets face it, within our societies we forget to step back, slow down and think prior to proceeding. Do we ask ourselves if somethings we force our time with causes us to try to extend those twenty-four hours in which we all have? Is it really that important that we cramp certain things within that time frame that makes us forget what is really important and time we cannot get back? What is the point if we miss what is important to us such as time with love ones that we can not replace in the future? We all try to make up the time but in reality its not the same. 

Family time part of our those invaluable commodities.

I have watched friends, family and colleagues leave this earth far too young. But who am I to say this? Am I God? Certainly not! It is He that holds the hourglass and only He that knows the amount of sand within. In my youth I spent majority of my time chasing other people’s dreams. Things that were laid out before me like a golden road. Following the footsteps of generations before me, it seemed like the obvious and correct path to take. Of course I can only look back and evaluate the past. I cannot change it, but I can learn from it.

I have often wondered, as many have likely done, if I spent my time differently would I or could I have changed anything? Perhaps, but probably not much, because that time spent helped shaped us into the person we are today.  

Time.. How to.. ? A social media post from a “Social Media” friend

The objective of this piece: WE have to choose how to use the remaining sands of “OUR” hourglass. 

Take time for a peaceful walk through the woods or park. Stop and listen to the birds sing. Sit with your family and turn off your phone! Have an ice cream or nice meal them and fellowship! Have a discussion with someone you care about and ask them how they are doing as a human. Actually listen! Tell the people in your life how much you love them, if you do. Because guess what – your last grain of sand could pass before you speak with them again. 

Time “Our Most Valued Commodity”
Photo by: Sebo Films/Pivatell Distribution.2018

Spend the precious commodity of time with the right people, but still reserve some for a stranger you meet at a shop for a short chat. 

I hope sharing my insight and opinion will be helpful to maybe begin that process in someone that reads this. Like it or not, time is not a commodity we can hoard in a bank or should be taken for granted as if we are allowed credit.  We are forced to spend it as “Father Time” is undefeated. So spend it joyfully and live well!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

J.Edward Lane

Tina Matzat Short Film “Gaslighting”- Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

There is no such thing called a “new comer director” in film-making. Once certain directors hit a peak of being reputable all of us seem to jump on the bandwagon and the step by step films prior to the big hits are often over looked. Gaslightening seems to be one of those perfect examples. You either have the vision and display that vision at your own pace or wait till you find exactly what you want the world to view through your lens when your ready. In this indie short film, scriptwriter and director Tina Mazat of Qbit Films seems to have waited till the perfect time to do exactly that.

This film is about tolerance and a deliverance to those that think the aforementioned has an unlimited amount of it. The film was shot in Berlin where the director is challenging the viewership as well as giving the world an update to the city.  One of those examples is; if you are not familiar with a certain part of the city then you wouldn’t know its Berlin. Our first reaction was: “Thank God, its not another film shot in the overly saturated new Berliners section of Kreuzberg!” 

Scene taken from Gaslighting. Copyright Qbit Films.
Photo used by kind permission. 2018

The other has to be selection of Lara Marian and Nils Bauer as the key cast, who both do an exceptional job acting in English. As some would say; “the proofs in the pudding” because it was definitely done in the new Berlin where coming across anyone that speaks German is quite hard.  

Scene taken from Gaslighting. Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Qbitfilms. 2018

The film is impressive yet bland based on the objectives of the short while being complimented with near perfect cinematography.

In contrast to what the description of the film has been listed as, the ending isn’t much of a surprise. However, one has to wonder if it is was either too harsh or did Matzat leave room for a part two. Can you, the reader, imagine a part two of a short film? We can..

“Nice and thought provocative short flick!” -WorthJourney

Credits:

Written and Directed By: Tina Matzat

Key Cast: Lara Marian and Nils Bauer 

Produced By: Qbit Films 

“Job Life” By: Roberto I. Ercolalo- Short Film Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

For the life of me I don’t know why indie film festival award winning director Roberto I. Ercolalo started this relevant piece in Spanish without subtitles. According to the films advertisement, the following film has been selected to numerous festivals. Its your call as well as evaluate some of those festivals selection committee members. *Just saying!

Within the first 45 seconds of the short film Job Life, the director has his point across. This nineteen and thirty-six second black and white short describes how certain individuals within the Argentinian work force live to work as the burden of their job cements their oppression.

To appreciate the work of Mr. Ercolalo one would have to watch the film more than once while applauding the soundtrack composers Tomás Alegre and Victoria Korenblit  which may be the beckoning for such a second glanceUnfortunately both carry the film as oppose to the message that the director is attempting to convey.

Could his message be; “Some people has little to no choices with their career or is it in Argentina there are little to no opportunities once you start a career?”- 

Roberto I. Ercolalo in Job Life. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2018

 

The drainy deposition of the film is one that some of us movie goers have when we are recovering from the fear of a brilliant weekend on a rainy Sunday while preparing to go to work the next morning. If you are looking for an uplifting film then you may want to check the next dial.  However if you want something that would make you appreciate the life you have while re-assessing your current career status then this is one for you.

Within the film overview, Ercolalo is quoted: “There is a message in the film.” We were looking for something that wasn’t so obvious.

By no means are we announcing an ill-rating for the film but we do think that Job Life will be appreciated more in the future once we are blessed with more work from Roberto I. Ercolalo.

Sir.. Its a decent start.. -WJ

“A Night With A Stranger”- Short Film Review

Reviewed By: Jerome Fitts

Does anyone remember a time when we could meet someone in a park after a night out and discuss a mutual problem? The short film “A Night With A Stranger” by independent filmmaker and director Uladzimir Taukachou submitted to us via Cacique Film Awards was filmed in an unusual social scene, (a park in New York City). The indie filmmaker has made a short that touches certain embarrassing attributes that most Americans have. (* From our view!)

A Night with a Stranger official trailer from Uladzimir Taukachou on Vimeo.

The 5 criteria based questions of a short film such as; who, what, when, where and then how are covered. There are also topics that has become a norm for societies world-wide.

Who: Girl walks and sits in a New York City park and is approached by a stranger.

What: A discussion with a stranger as they both give a brief history of themselves as well as discuss the margins of their personal lives.   (** Our questions are: “Is America this shallow?”, “Does it matter where someone comes from?”, “Has society forgotten to be nice to one another?” and worse “Why should this be a strange encounter?”)

When: Actress Titi Arewa, who is making her film debut, walks in a park after a regretful night, to come up with a solution for her most recent problem. The stranger Kim Palmer, played by Marty Novitsky, gives his resolution as well as compares his life to hers.

Where: New York City- very unusual, but that is the obvious point as strangers seldom speak to one another let alone vent their problems in hope of a solution.

How: The thirteen and twenty second short was filmed on a DSLR camera with an indie budget and film crew of 3 people. Other than certain scenes with  lighting challenges, Uladzimir Taukachou  has done a fair job of making the most of his limitations without making excuses. Here is validated proof that sometimes the best art is created with a set of limitations.

Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Uladzimir Taukachou. 2018

Its safe to say that we can all appreciate the efforts the director and cast has made.  Paying close attention to the film you may find the more so often than not unfortunate descriptions, margins and perimeters of others  unsocial-able misfortunes that disables one another to opening up to others. We get it and we hope you do to.

WJ

“A Night With A Stranger” is a UTC Film Production.2016

 

“SAVE” SHORT FILM REVIEW

 Jerome Fitts

SAVE, is a near four minute short film with over 90 international Film Awards and 400 official selections to date. The must see short was submitted to us by the film counsel and judges from the Cacique Film Awards.

If there as a way were we could examine the mind of Director/Producer Ivan Sainz- Pardo there may be an antidote that counteracts  and eliminate viruses while solving unpredictable human activity. Imagine that.


This film exemplifies the love, tenderness, selfishness and frustrations combined with a moment of madness on a normal day that resulted in an unfathomable regretful ending.

Photo used by kind permission. 2018

The lead character (Roland Von Kummant) responses based on his emotions that can happen on a normal day,  also clarifies what all humans capable of.  Perhaps Director Saniz-Pardo objective as part of a thought provoking film, is reminding the viewers that  if certain virtues are not acknowledge to be controlled anything can happen.

“A relevant and absolutely brilliant short film.”– WJ

Written, Produced and Directed by:  Ivan Sainz- Pardo

Key Cast: Josephine  Ehlert, Roland Von Kummant, Mia Von Kummant 

Music By: Philipp Fabian Kölmel