JADA

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Jada is 7 years old. Jada lives alone on Venice Beach. By following her through a day in her life, the story of who she is, why she is there, and who the man is that has come looking for her unfolds.


Director Statement

"Jada" was largely born out of a fascination with my neighborhood at the time, Venice Beach, California. Well known for its eclectic boardwalk and beautiful beach, Venice also happens to be a magnet for outsiders who live on the fringes of society – a theme that drives most of my writing.

Hundreds of untold stories traverse the boardwalk every day in the form of runaways and drifters of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Initially an image flashed through my mind of a small girl, far younger than the average Venice Boardwalk inhabitant, fending for herself, and I followed that impulse until it turned into this short film, "Jada."

My interest in a child left to her own devices led to some research on the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, which, coincidentally at that time, was under heavy scrutiny, following an incident in 2013 when an 8 year old boy was beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend after numerous documented allegations of abuse. Castigated for their perceived negligence, the DCFS fired back that they were under-funded, widening the public focus to include a child care system sorely in need of fixing. While “Jada” is not specifically based on this incident and ensuing public discourse, these developments definitely influenced the second half of the film.

Viewed through the lenses of eclectic Venice and a woefully lacking child services system, mixing in equal parts hope and harsh reality, “Jada” is, ultimately, the story of someone striving to make the best of a tough situation and prevailing in her own way. 


Festivals & News
 

            WINNER: Best Actress

            WINNER: Best Actress

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Newport Beach Film Festival

Dances With Films

        Woods Hole Film Festival           (WINNER: Best Actress)

Athens International FIlm + Video Festival

Napa Valley Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival

Wisconsin Film Festival

Santa Cruz Film Festival

DC Shorts Film Festival

Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival

Big Apple Film Festival

Beloit International Film Festival

Indie Street Film Festival

Atlanta Underground Film Festival

Drive-In Film Festival

International Crime And Punishment Film Festival (Istanbul)

Irvine International Film Festival

Brownsville International Film Festival    (SEMI-FINALIST)

 


What People Are Saying

"JADA enthralled us thanks to a remarkably complex and emotionally nuanced performance from young Kaycie Bowens."

- Wisconsin Film Festival: Golden Badger Jury

"Bowens’ performance as Jada demands respect and understanding, the high-water mark in a short film that’s keen on treating humans like humans."

- Lake Front Row