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The Short Film
Synopsis and Credits
Black Coffee is a heartfelt short film starring Charlotte Williams and Tony DeCarlo. It is directed by Vito Lyles and written, cast, and produced by Deanna Alisa Ableser.
Black Coffee is about connections, desire, and being the person we truly want to be. We have all had those dreams, those 'what-ifs', those 'if-only' moments. Black Coffee takes all of that and places it into reality. Alice, a young African-American woman, walks into a coffee shop and runs into Matt, an older and sexier Caucasian man. She stops him right away in his tracks by stating, "It's killing me not to be kissing you right now." Matt, unsure of what he just heard, engages in an empathetic conversation with Alice about life, love, daring, connections, and of course, coffee.
The short film ends where it began: with a desire to further connect with another human being on this planet; a desire every single one of us can identify with on some level.
Black Coffee isn't fancy. Its coffee is black, plain without sugar, no Frappa Whatchas. But the coffee satisfies and nurtures, without any calories, and Alice and Matt are left in a new place in their 'connection'. As Alice takes her 'calculated risk', Matt engages, perhaps more than he has in a long time and his recollection of a tender childhood opens up his heart and finds space.
CREDITS and KUDOS
Matt: Tony DeCarlo
Alice: Charlotte Williams
Man on Laptop: Kenneth A. Jaffe
Man on Phone: Brad K. Croft
Producer: Deanna Alisa Ableser
Director: Vito Lyles
Writer: Deanna Alisa Ableser
Casting Director: Deanna Alisa Ableser
Director of Photography: Nick Sherman
Editor: Hunter Lopp
Music: Hunter Lopp
Acting Coach: Deanna Alisa Ableser
Sound Designer/Mixer: Colette Grob
Gaffer: Zayd Ezzeldine
Assistant Camera: Ryan Robinson
Boom Operator: Ethan Lee
Grip: Brad K. Croft
Website Designer: Deanna Alisa Ableser
Social Media: Andy Canales and Cristian Castillo
Poster Design: Andy Caneles
Production Design: Deanna Alisa Ableser, Lora Ackermann, Darrell Hollinquest, and Vito Lyles
Special Thanks to: Grace Ableser-Jaffe, Kenneth Jaffe, Lucy Ableser and Bella the Wonder Dog (with a special performance by Sloth-E)
* Silver Award (Independent Shorts)
*Award Winner (Southern Shorts)
* Finalist (Triumphant Film Series)
*Finalist (Indie Short Fest)
*Venice Film Awards (Awarded Best Comedy, Best Original Screenplay, and Honorable Mention for Best Actress)
*Oregon Short Film Festival (Nominated for Best Original Concept)
* We Make Movies International Film Festival
* New York Lift-Off Festival
*SHORT to the Point
*New Cinema- Lisbon