CHANGE

2011 | Activism / Black/African American / Bullying / Homophobia / Marriage Equality / Parenting/Family / Social Issues / Youth (18 & Under) | 24m | USA
Directors: Melissa Osborne

An African-American teenager grapples with his sexual identity on the night Barack Obama is elected President and Proposition 8, the California voter initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage, is passed. When one of Jamie's friend group initiates the bullying of an openly gay classmate, Jamie uses his wits to try and prevent it. But when things don’t go the way he predicted, he is forced to face his fears head on.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Frameline35: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, CHANGE is a poetic and moving film which deftly examines one young man’s internal identity struggles within the context of the modern movement for LGBTQ rights, and a high school experience fraught with peer pressure.

Reviews and Awards

Seattle LGBT Film Festival — WINNER

“We award Best Short Film to CHANGE for its compelling and authentic juxtaposition of the emotionally charged 2008 election of President Obama and the passage of California's Proposition 8. The film’s heightened visual storytelling and seamless craftsmanship allow the exceptional young actors to soar.” Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Jury Award San Diego Black Film Festival — WINNER — GLBT Film

Texas Black Film Festival — Nominated — Best Short

Minghella Film Festival, UK — WINNER — Best Drama

Athens International Film &; Video Festival , OH — Honorable Mention

Frameline35, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival — Audience Award

Action on Film, CA — Best LGBT

Iris Prize — Nominated USA Film Festival — Finalist Long Beach QFest — WINNER — Best Director