One Story Up Ep 1


SYNOPSIS: Roger Ross Williams, the first Black director to win an Oscar, hosts ONE STORY UP, an illuminating monthly series that showcases some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film. The series presents one short film per month, handpicked by Williams, who introduces each episode and then returns for a discussion with the filmmaker. The films in the series cover an important range of topics, from coming-of-age stories on race and class, to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, all from exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

Episode 1: Cherish: A Visual Poem
Filmmaker: Terrance Daye

Synopsis: Cathedral attends weekly prayer services held in his family home where he witnesses   intense displays of worship. Cathedral’s imagination is ignited by what he perceives to be attempts at flight. And he is overcome by a deep-seated desire to break from his mundane reality and experience the miraculous.

‘when he discovers flight, he lost all interest in himself.’ – Toni Morrison

First, we are set the tone of the short with this beautiful portrait of a young black kid in the middle of the field pounding his chest, and after out of breath, just enjoying nature at it’s finest. The color-changing from the first moments of the film is breathtaking.

First, we are set the tone of the short with this beautiful portrait of a young black kid in the middle of the field pounding his chest, and after out of breath, just enjoying nature at it’s finest. The color-changing from the first moments of the film is breathtaking.

Next, the way that Terrance Daye was able to say a billion things within a short couple minute time frame and not say anything at all was breathtaking. You could feel the heart and the passion within his story, and you didn’t even need any dialogue to feel it.

Last, Daye’s impact in a minimal amount of time is a true testament to his ability to create art.

The Verdict:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

‘Cherish: A Visual Poem has a lot to say with very few words’

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