(Los Angeles, CA) – December 7th, 2020. When Nino Aldi‘s live-action short film TRIBES surpassed 70,000 views at the LA Shorts International Film Festival where it won the Best Comedy award, Hollywood celebrity reporter Perez Hilton proclaimed that the film “Is A Potential Oscar Nominee!” The early Oscar buzz quickly spread among fans and industry members making TRIBESpart of the Academy Awards conversation.
TRIBES‘ timely story brings a breath of fresh air to the current societal conversations around race, division, and identity, however, it does in a way that makes the audience both reflect and get a good laugh.
“Our society needs meaning and positivity and it does help to discuss serious issues while having a good laugh,” says director Nino Aldi, “and this is exactly what TRIBES offers in 10 minutes.” he adds.
In this powerful and thought-provoking dark satire, the themes of inclusion, diversity, and unity unfold during a train ride between two stations as an African-American, an Arab-American and a white man try to rob a train. However, no one wants to rob their own race. Self-identity is truly a bitch – a concealed premise perfectly fits under Nino Aldi’s camera, revealing our current social environment, with a hint of comedy.
Internet celebrity and American Music Award honoree DeStorm Power who plays the African-American character says: “As a black man living in America, growing up experiencing inequity first hand, the effect of racism, police brutality and being discriminated against constantly simply for being black; TRIBES reconfirmed to me that I’m not alone in this fight for equality. Bringing this issue to life in a comedic fashion and helping the viewers see its importance, was more than rewarding.”
Emmy-winning producer and actor Jake Hunter who plays the white guy adds: “With TRIBES, I wanted to tell an entertaining story that sheds light on the conversation around race and that at the same time inspires the population to realize that we’re all one.”
“The biggest message to takeaway from TRIBES is unity. No matter how you separate people based upon age, gender, race, and ethnicity, we are all connected. This is what makes us humans and allows us to understand all that we have in common” says Forbes’ 30 Under 30 actor and influencer Adam Waheed, who plays the role of the Middle-Eastern character.
TRIBES had previously won multiple awards including the prestigious 1st Place at the Just For Laughs‘ funniest short films from around the world competition, Eat My Shorts. It had its world premiere at the Academy qualifying Santa Barbara International Film Festival, followed by Regard, Rhode Island International, LA Shorts, and the Cannes’ Film Festival American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, to name a few. The film will be released in 2021 on the highly curated platform ShortOfTheWeek.com.
This funny and thought-provoking satire stars Internet personalities Jake Hunter (Emmy award-winner, Adam Waheed (Forbes’ 30 Under 30) and DeStorm Power (Emmy Nominated, American Music Award honoree). The screenplay is written by Andy Marlatt (winner of the Page International Screenwriting Awards). The producers are the three leading actors as well as TIFF Filmmaker Lab alumna Patricia Chica and former Sundance Institute intern Jeion Green. The film was executive produced by Will Meldman of Double Down Pictures and Jordan Taylor Wright of Taylor Cut Films. Digital Jungle Post Production handled the deliverables of the short.
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