Taking place in 1989, Little Men is a compelling winter tale of two endearing 10-year-old boys, Andre and Marcus. Their friendship is tested after they discover a dead body on the way to school. An existential crisis occurs when one of the boys steals money from the victim’s wallet and picks up a wedding band found near the dead man’s head.
From poverty stricken backgrounds, Andre and Marcus are at once one and the same and completely different. Andre, coming from a family with a single mom, is being raised with dignity and aspirations. In the womb of her crack addiction, Marcus’ mother is downwardly mobile; using Marcus as a verbal punching bag. Andre aspires to a higher class than his family would indicate, while Marcus aspires to the underclass. What happens after they find the body, challenges them to think about their outlook on themselves and about the world they live in.
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Writer/producer/director - Ayesha Adu
Ayesha Adu - Bio
Ayesha Adu is an award-winning director, writer, producer, actor, and editor who creates compelling projects on shoe-string budgets. She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been living here for 27 years. Her previous artistic work has been about the darkness of human nature, child abuse, and familial dysfunction.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, Ayesha had the opportunity to make artistic projects including one short narrative film and a couple of experimental films. She also had the opportunity to make a handful of small scale professional work such as commercials, music videos, and a documentary for a higher educational institution.
In 2017, Ayesha was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from VSA Minnesota to develop the feature length screenplay, “Stardust,” and to provide a staged reading of the finished script in 2018. Ayesha also received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2018, to produce and direct her short screenplay, “Little Men.” This is her second film in 18 years.
Ayesha’s award-winning projects include an experimental co-collaboration, “village blues,” (1999) and a music video, “This One,” (2003). Her work has been screened at multiple film festivals, Intermedia Arts, online, and MNTV.
This year “Little Men” won a PLATINUM Remi Award from the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival and placed Quarterfinalist in the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
Ayesha intends to continue to create provocative, well-thought out complex films that challenges the audience to ask questions about how they see the world and what they see in themselves. She has an exceptional style of filmmaking that takes the audience on a journey to think and feel something on an intrinsic level. Her work will leave an indelible imprint on your mind.
Ayesha Adu - Writer, Producer, Director
Senay Matewos - Producer
Sovereign Hues, LLC - Producer
Black Feather Creative - Producer
Kellen Witschen - Director of Photography
Moore Creative Talent - Casting
Carrie Bush - AD
Christian Popham - AD
Beth Resch - Camera Assistant
Nick Christopulos - Sound
Jeff DesLauriers - Sound
Amanda Yates - Script Supervisor
Erin F. Erskine - Set Dressing/Props
Amanda Schwarzrock - Wardrobe
Jew DreamFirstBorn - Wardrobe/Still Photography
Nik Ramono - Wardrobe Assistant
Dina Dainty - Make-up/SFX Make-up
Stacie Brudenell - Hair
Joe McNairy - Grip/Electric
Marcus Mason - Grip/Electric
Aaron Preusse - Stunt Coordinator
Wren Hess - Storyboard Artist
Mickayla Bakke - Child Wrangler
Eyoel Yemane - PA
Tahiel Jimenez - PA
Chris Eldridge - Grip/Electric PA
Track on trailer - "Miracles" performed by Crisis Fresh
Behind the Scenes video created by DreamFirstBorn Images. copyright 2018