Jan 17, 2017
Last December, we received news that Kjerstin Johnson (co-writer of Sista in the Brotherhood) and I were awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council toward the creation of a pilot or short film we've been working on. Stay tuned for more news later in the year!
We found out in late December that Sista in the Brotherhood won two awards at the International Black Film Festival: Best Short and Best Actress for Sidony O'neal who plays the lead, Laneice in the film. Congrats to our team and especially to Sidony who carried the film.
Feb 12, 2016
So happy to see Sista in the Brotherhood imagery, trailer and link in an article highlighting the Oregon films as part of Portland International Film Festival! Come out and see the film Saturday February 20th at 1 pm at Whitsell Auditorium!
Our website and screenings info:
Oct 20, 2015
Tonight is the premiere of the film Sista in the Brotherhood, directed by Dawn Jones Redstone and co-executive-produced by Roberta Hunte. The Skanner wrote an article about the film. Here it is:
We can't wait for everybody to see the film!
Oct 1, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
Hearts+Sparks has been working with Dr. Roberta Hunte to create a 20 minute short film about the experience of black tradeswomen working construction. It's been over a year in the making from Kickstarter and grants to casting and shoot.
Learn more about the film here.
Get your tickets here. There's only 7 left this morning!!
We can't wait for the world to see it!
Jun 3, 2015
A photo from last week's final shoot (we hope) for Sista in the Brotherhood. We shot Saturday night with a gang (crew) of mighty folks including Moni the baby girl in the scene!
I got to do some additional camera operating for this scene so picture me running alongside a car with thousands of dollars worth of gear!
Actor Sidony O'neal gets mic'd by Cassie Cohn, our assistant director who also ran sound for this bonus shoot.
May 17, 2015
The past few days have been a whirlwind since filming of the short film Sista in the Brotherhood began. Learn more about the film directed by Dawn Jones Redstone here. It's been a lot of very hard work with an outstanding cast and crew to make this movie. More pics below!
Apr 1, 2015
A picture of our casting panel for Sista in the Brotherhood. We saw about 20 guys vying for the role of construction crew in the film and hope to finalize soon! Our short film, Sista in the Brotherhood, is coming alive!!!
Thanks to Angela Bonilla, Josie Seid and Bridget Quinn for helping Robert and I make this decisions!
Mar 16, 2015
Production title: Sista in the Brotherhood
Production Type: Independent, Non-Union
Project length: 15 minutes
Production/shooting location: Portland, Oregon
Production Company: Hearts + Sparks Productions
Company website: http://heartsandsparksproductions.com/
Director: Dawn Jones Redstone
Producer: Roberta Hunte
Director of Photography: Kia Anne Geraths
We are a lady-run, indie production seeking to cast the following male roles for our short film entitled Sista in the Brotherhood. You must appear strong enough to look like you do/have done physical labor for a living. This doesn't mean you have to be ripped or thin, just look strong. We'd like to see a mix of body types.
JACK: Early forties, white, fit, strong, muscular, tall, less well-mannered. Lives in a rural area, works in the city, but has been working construction for a long time. He took to chewing sunflower seeds when he quit smoking. He's an accomplished carpenter who has worked his way up as a lead. He's grown up in the trades and worked only with men and he feels somewhat threatened by those he's less familiar with. In particular, he is hostile to new people and suspicious of people who are not of his racial group. He is dismissive of women. He also feels protective of his nephew who is working on site. He's friend with the Foremen, Red, fellow member of the good ol' boys club and has a wife that makes his lunch everyday.
CHAD: Must know how to use circular saw in a basic/proficient way. Early twenties, white, muscular, fit, athletic. Newbie to construction. Likes to have a good time. Lacks exposure to people that are not like him, but more openminded than his uncle. He just does not have a lot of experience with people who are racially/culturally different to himself. His machismo masks his insecurity about his newly chosen trade. Didn't do so well in school so his Uncle (Jack) is helping him go to work in construction. Lives in rural area and works in the city. He is a wiseass - in some ways endearing and in some ways obnoxious. He's only known women as pretty ladies, not as co-workers or equals on a job. He thinks of himself as stronger, smarter, and more capable than a woman. He is cocky, but has the ability to be likable when his cockiness proves ineffective.
RED: Fifties, white, gray haired, bearded?, less fit as he's doing more work in the office these days. He's known for being direct and authoritative which comes from his knowledge and dedication to his work--part of the reason he's moved up as a foremen. If you're a good worker, you're in with Red. He suffers no fools, but is friends with Jack, fellow good ol' boy. Right now, he's stressed about this project as the crew has fallen behind. He's had to lay off a few workers already that weren't up to par.
FRANK: Forties or fifties, white, experienced, friendly. He sees himself as a protector of women so he watches his language in front of the ladies, but he doesn't see them as autonomous peers. He consistently and repetitively makes bad jokes, but sees himself as a charmer with more polish than the others. He's divorced, but flirts with the waitress at a diner near his house where he has dinner every night (she flirts back in an effort to get her tip, but Frank never notices or cares). He's sensitive when it comes to women. Having grown up in the trades, he's as knowledgeable and confident as the foremen, but never wanted to be in charge.
The film is funded by a Kickstarter campaign and a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Compensation: $150 per day. Filming estimated 2-4 days depending on character
Synopsis: Sista in the Brotherhood is a short film about a young black tradeswomen apprentice who is forced to confront sexism and racism to prove herself on her new jobsite.
Date: Sunday, March 29th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact Roberta at email above to schedule your time slot and receive location. Please be prepared to stay the whole time if necessary. Please send headshots and resumé in advance if you have them. Cold read material will be provided.
ADDITIONAL KEY DATES
Call backs: 6 p.m. March 31st
Shoot dates for film: May 12-16, 2015 (four of these five days)
After a day of casting and callbacks and some difficult decisions, we are proud to announce our chosen lead for the film Sista in the Brotherhood!
Meet Sidony O'Neal. Sidony is a writer and performance artist. She has worked in theatre as a stage manager and dramaturg and is thrilled to be a part of an experimental performance community in Portland. She recently had the pleasure of acting with a cast of phenomenal women in a staged reading of My Walk Has Never Been Average at Alberta Rose Theatre.
Here's what Sidony has to say about being selected for the role: "Sista In the Brotherhood is such powerful and necessary work. In a city where gentrification and urban development often renders people of color exposed and implicated on all sides of the argument, it is an honor to be chosen to bring honesty and truth to realities that are too often silenced in the narrative."
We are equally honored to have her and look forward to selecting and announcing additional cast as we continue in the process. More soon!
Dec 18, 2014
So excited to announce that Sista in the Brotherhood just got a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council for $5950 to help make the film the best it can be! We're very honored to have been selected and we congratulate all of the grantees! Stay tuned for more.
Find the grant listed here under Dawn's previous name, Dawn Jones.