SECOND ACTS - A short film by Anya Adams

Anya Adams's Bio

Formerly from the non-profit arena, Anya Adams worked with the groundbreaking company Up With People for seven years before she made the jump to the film industry. Adams relocated to Los Angeles when she was accepted into the DGA trainee program. After becoming a full-fledged member of the DGA, she has continued to work on numerous features and TV shows for the last 15 years. The most notable are SCRUBS, COMMUNITY, THE WEST WING, CSI MIAMI, THE COMEBACK, THE MINDY PROJECT and BLACKISH.
Adams directed her first short film starring Marsai Martin, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Ava Acres called LEMONADE MAFIA in 2016. Most recently, she directed episodes of BLACK-ISH, THE MAYOR, FRESH OFF THE BOAT AND SPEECHLESS.

Director's Statement

My relationship to the material stems from my experiences as a black child growing up in an all white community. Our trials and tribulations as kids never touched on race, but more so on character. So It wasn’t until we became keenly aware of the prejudices that were swirling around us manifesting on TV, in magazines and from our own families did we begin to have different perspectives of ourselves and how we fit in in the world. This is why I connected so deeply to this short film.  As children our sense of right and wrong is often guided by those around us and sometimes we are forced to make a choice that my not sit right with our selves but we make it anyway. And it is not until we are older that we are given the latitude to look within ourselves and make decisions that connect with who we are not who we “should be”.

My visual directing style is distinguished by a fresh and exciting use of color, an unobtrusive and dynamic movement and framing of camera and a skillful sense of realism and humor. Through the use of subtle dolly moves I seek to imbue a sense of fluidity and normalcy in the characters we meet in this story. Cinematically we intend, through ever tightening lens sizes, to slowly bring the characters closer together and to pull the audience further into our story.

Through this approach I want to highlight a rarely illustrated story of a white woman and a black man, now both in their 70s, as they come together over the course of an evening unpacking racism and discovering how it informed their youth and ultimately their lives. Racism often is a cover for something else like fear, anger, intolerance, or change. When we take the time to delve into its roots ourselves, we are challenged to make a profound shift in own perspective.  Sometimes that shroud of racism has been placed upon us by others but ultimately the revelation is transformative.

by Anya Adams