Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Tasha Smith Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Boxed In’ at 2015 ABFF (WATCH)

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*Tasha Smith‘s directorial debut, “Boxed In,” recently made its premiere at the AMC 25 Theater in New York City during the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) to a filled to excess crowd.

Produced by Kim Ogletree and starring the lovely Tyra Ferrell, Walter Fauntleroy, and Antonique Smith, this short but powerful movie explores mental illness in the African American community, specifically in the form of bipolar disorder.

This gripping story of a mother dealing with her son’s bipolar disease and all the elements that come with it, inclusive of his girlfriend’s ability to “hang in there,” sheds light on the reality of this oft “swept under the rug” subject in the African American community.

The movie was followed by a Q & A session by Kim Ogletree, Tyra Ferrell, and Tasha Smith in which Smith discussed her inspiration for the movie, the dynamics of being a first time director and filming on a minimal budget with only 4 days to shoot, the hilarious encounters she experienced at USC, and most importantly, how bipolar disorder affects black women and men and the black family as a whole.

Watch Smith speak during the Q & A on bipolar disorder below in the video.

Actress, Director Tasha Smith
Actress, Director Tasha Smith

Sidra Smith, Kim Ogletree, Tyra Ferrell, Tasha Smith
Sidra Smith, Kim Ogletree, Tyra Ferrell, Tasha Smith

Gorgeous twin sisters Sidra Smith, Tasha Smith
Gorgeous twin sisters Sidra Smith, Tasha Smith

Panel discussion after world premiere of "Boxed In". Directed by Tasha Smith.
Panel discussion after world premiere of “Boxed In”. Directed by Tasha Smith.

Photos/story by Madge Evans.

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