Monica Sorelle


“We are our own sun.”
– Ousmane Sembene

2019 | USA | 14 mins | English
Written and Directed by Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Produced by Monica Sorelle, Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, and Faren Humes
Co-Produced by Robert Colom

Cinematography by Terence Price II
Edited by Jonathan David Kane & Stefani Saintonge
Original Music by thinkthatswilson
Costime Design by Mumbi O’Brien
A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami's annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model R. I. P. t-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead.

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Selected Screenings
BlackStar Film Festival
Black Harvest Film Festival
Afrikana Independent Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival 
Sundance Film Festival
Miami Film Festival
Festival Regard
Indie Grits Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
New Directors/New Films
Palm Springs ShortsFest
American Black Film Festival
Guanajuato Int’l Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
The ShortList
AFI Fest
March on Washington Film Festival
Camden International Doc Festival
Centro Afrocarioca de Cinema
Black Women Film Conference
Awards and Honors
BlackStar Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Narrative Short
New Orleans Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Narrative Short
New Orleans Film Festival, Jury Honorary Mention for Breakthrough in Filmmaking
Berlinale, Golden Bear, Best Short Film
Miami Film Festival, Knight Made In MIA Short Film Award
Indie Grits Film Festival, Narrative Short Grit
March on Washington Film Festival, Grand Prize for Narrative Short
The Wrap
Miami New Times
Grey Over Blue