WILMINGTON — Local film maker Tanya Fermin will showcase her short film “The Arrangements” this Saturday during the North Carolina Black Film Festival in downtown Wilmington.
A member of the Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective, Fermin is gaining national exposure as the film is set to be featured in “African American Short Films,” a television show, showcasing short films starring, produced, written and directed by African-Americans. The show airs nationally in more than 90 major markets throughout the United States.
“The Arrangements” is based on a conversation Fermin had with her mother and aunt while sitting around the dining room table discussing the “final” arrangements of my grandmother- Mrs Othelia M Pridgen, Fermin wrote in an email.
“As a family, we decided to do in-home hospice care and when the nurses came in, they were the most caring people I’d ever met. They inspired me to do the film,” Fermin said.
The film is not only a tribute to her grandmother, but Fermin hopes the film opens a dialog with families about making the final “arrangements” for themselves and their love ones.
“Everyone should have some sort of idea of what to do before something happens-this is why I am so passionate about this issue. I am creating conversation about a serious subject through entertainment,” Fermin said.
The film’s world premier screening will be held during the 15th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station in downtown Wilmington.
Other festivals include the North Carolina Film Awards, the Chautauqua International Film Festival, the Asheville Film Festival and the Tryon International Film Festival.
“I never thought that a film about loss would turn into a major initiative and now I am making talks and films that speak to people at every level to open up the discussion about death, dying, sorrow and making end-of-life choices,” Fermin said. “My mission is to educate, enlighten and entertain people and my goal is to inspire an audience to take action and start the conversation about making the final “arrangements” for themselves and their love ones.”
“The Arrangements” is tentatively scheduled to air in an upcoming episode of “African American Short Films” and on their website via their Video On Demand program. Air dates, TV stations and times are posted on the Badamitv Facebook page, Twitter and their Now Playing page.
To find out more about “The Arrangements” project check out www.thearrangementsmovie.com or watch the trailer below.