Bark, Directed by Laura Coleman and Anthony Penney (Florida) - A teenage biracial girl struggles to come to terms with her identity in a racially driven world. This film explores the notion of racial identity told from the perspective of a young girl. It shows her struggle to find herself in a world that sometimes sees race as "black" and "white". It shines a light on stereotypes that are based either on deep-seated racism and intolerance, or on ignorance and a lack of communication. Why Now? I was born in Boston/Cambridge Massachusetts in 1968. A few days before Martin Luther King was shot and killed, just to give you the tone of the times. Are things really much better? Why BARK? The title Bark came to me after an epiphany: What is the the bark of a tree? It's similar to it's skin. The skin of a tree is different but essentially it's still a tree. Just like us, our skin may be different but we all bleed red.
Oregon Short Film Festival - Winter 2021 Official Selection
Nevada Short Film Festival - Spring 2021 Official Selection