ART THAT AWAKENS
On Election Day 2020, newly wed Grace- a staunch Bajan American Democrat - struggles with party loyalty and love when she finds out her husband is a Republican.
Aftershocks - A Tetralogy of Our Times is a mosaic of short narratives, animation and montage art that explores love, humanity, and socially distant connections in Caribbean American communities in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.
This project was shot remotely. Our team employed new technologies: Frame.io, Zoom, and smartphone - to achieve our production goals.
AFTERSHOCKS is written by Haitian-American actress/playwright/producer Magaly Colimon-Christopher, and Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx playwright/director/ poet/producer Juan Ramirez, Jr. Magaly’s plays SILENT TRUTH and THE HUNTING SEASON are O’Neill NPC Semi-finalists. Her work has been produced and workshopped in NYC, Chicago, North Caroline, New Haven and Los Angeles. Memberships: Actors Studio PDU, The Actors Center and the Dramatist Guild. MFA: Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. www.MagalyColimon.com. Juan’s plays have been produced and developed in NYC, Houston, Portland, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sydney and others. He’s a Dramatist Guild member, 2020-2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, teaching artist with Art Defined. MFA: NYU Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com
The creative team included directors Pat Golden and Teisha Duncan, film editor/animator Andre Sutherland, composer MiJANNE, photographer Marissa Joyce Stamps, illustrator Elijah Leonard, sound designer Santos Collado, dramaturg Paloma Sierra, stage manager/casting director Sarah Chiriboga, and casting directors Moshe Henderson.
Cast includes: Demetrius Blocker, Nyanda Cammock, Daniel Echevarria, Logan Elizabeth Nikkole Jones, T.D. Jones, Johanne Kesten, Jason Martinez, Simone St. John, Sean St. John, and Carlene Taylor.
LOGLINE: Take a journey with us through Queens, NY from 2020-2021 and witness offbeat, love-filled stories of Caribbean American characters endeavoring to overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. When faced with unimaginable circumstances, how do we get back to normal?
AFTERSHOCKS was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. It was also made possible in part by the 2021 New York City Artist Corps Grant.
(FILM RUNNING TIME: 57 MINUTES)
"Tony" in GOOD FOR YOU
Demetrius is an honors graduate from New World School of the Arts(BFA) and studies at HB Studios. He’s performed with Garth Fagan Dance and works as a runway/print model. Acting credits include TV- HBO Girls(Episode -Boys) / Film - The Other Woman, Fish, My Dinner with Schwartzey, Fragments of Isolation, Andy Warhol For Senate / Theater - Horse, Mr. Chekov Mr. Porter, Caligula, Starr Street, The Good, The Bad, The Fabulous / The Children From the Blue Mountain.
PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CSP
"I MARRIED A BLACK REPUBLICAN"
"WHAT WILL YOU SAY ABOUT TODAY?"
"GOOD FOR YOU"
Oct 15th, 2021 - Sharing the narrative as a path to healing the trauma of COVID19
Flushing Town Hall has awarded Magaly Colimon-Christopher with an Individual Artist grant to screen Aftershocks and create a space for audiences to share their pandemic stories in a healing community forum. The community stories will be curated into a collection of monologues that will be read on Nov. 12, 2022 at JCAL
QCA's Mission Statement:
To foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1966. QCA is one of the founders of the Kaufman Arts District. This space is an exciting intersection of arts, commerce, media, advocacy and strategic networking for Queens arts and cultural institutions.
The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the community members of Queens. The Queens Arts Fund is committed to supporting emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, working within all disciplines to create work that provides open and equal access for audiences in all communities of Queens, to further racial and cultural equity.
Art Access Grant is funded by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund.
Ms. Colimon-Christopher is one of 500 New York City-based grant recipients this year.
Over the course of three award cycles, more than 3,000 artists received the $5,000 awards to engage the public with artist activities across New York City’s five boroughs this summer and fall. Artists use the grant to create new work or phase of a work, or restage preexisting creative activities across any discipline.Members of the public can participate in City Artist Corps Grants programming by following the hashtag #CityArtistCorps on social media.
City Artist Corps Grants were launched in June 2021 by NYFA and DCLA with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Queens Theatre.
The program is funded by the $25 million New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA earlier this year.