#SeeTheBoy is an ultra short film written, directed, and produced by Eulonda Kay Lea. Chad Eric Smith composed and performed the film’s score, Ethereal, and also served as a producer on the film.
Interestingly enough, the film’s music score was created before the script was written. In fact, Chad sent the recording to Eulonda and asked her to listen to it for inspiration. Further, he suggested she write a silent screenplay, the exact length of the score, and base the script upon whatever she was inspired by the music to write.
As Eulonda listened to Chad’s engaging score, she was moved by its playful and ominous over- tones. With eyes closed, her mind drifted to a playground she recalled from childhood. At the time, the Tamir Rice tragedy was in the forefront of the news and it became the catalyst for her playground reminiscing. The screenplay took shape as she considered the moments just before Tamir Rice was shot by the police. #SeeTheBoy reflects that Tamir Rice was just a little boy playing in the park. It humanizes him and provides a fictional perspective to the unanswered questions: (1) What was he doing before the police showed up? (2) Who had he played with that day? (3) What was running through his mind as he simulated “shooting” the toy gun into the air; (4) What did his eyes reflect moments before he was shot down? And most importantly (5) What would have happened had the officer made a conscious decision to stop and see the boy that Tamir Rice was that day?
The film provides a visual narrative to research that shows Black boys are more likely to be mis- taken for adults by the police than children of other races. Nevertheless, human error should never be a permissible excuse for killing Black boys. Because the filmmakers were passionate about the subject matter, they decided to self fund the film and release it online.
Eulonda Kay Lea is a Washington, DC based award winning writer, director, and producer. Her short comedy, Ode to Rosa, has been described as a hilarious approach to a poignant message. The film was an official selection at numerous film festivals including the 40th Athens In- ternational Film + Video Festival, the Northern Virginia International Film Festival, and the 14th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia where it won Best Comedy Short.
Her feature length screenwriting projects include Second Numbers, Angelic Rap Crusade, and French Onion Soup, which has been recognized by several prestigious screenwriting competi- tions. Currently, she serves as writer and producer for Solomon Dasko, a short film, which serves as the precursor for her feature screenplay, French Onion Soup. She is currently finalizing her first novel, Life Misspelled.
Chad Eric Smith is a native of Washington, DC. Chad is an educator, musician, and an award- winning actor. He fell in love with acting as a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Greens- burg, where he performed in several stage productions. After graduating with a Bachelor of Sci- ence in Psychology, Chad played a variety of quirky characters in more than a dozen stage plays in theaters in and around Pittsburgh, including the internationally renowned Kuntu Repertory Theatre. Chad has also held leading, supporting, and featured roles in web series and several in- dependent films, including the superhero comedy SQUID MAN, the romantic drama LAST NIGHT, and the upcoming films The Suffering, Secret City Bluz, Zombie Ted, and an original series entitled, Counselor. In 2014, Chad co-wrote and starred in his award-winning film directorial debut, Dark Therapy, a short vampire comedy.