Written and directed by Bola Ogun, The Water Phoenix is a Science Fiction Fantasy, about a mermaid Anya (Ogun), held captive in an aquarium, falls out of love with her caretaker, Jack, when he fails to follow through with his promise to break her free. Broken-hearted and alone, she must find a way to escape before they move her further away from home.
The Water Phoenix was release on VIMEO February 28, 2019. The film screened at various film festivals including the 2017 LA International Shorts Official Selection (World Premiere) 2017 Catalina Film Festival Official Selection 2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival Official Selection 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival West Official Selection 2018 Terminus Film Festival Official Selection 2018 Etheria Film Tour Selection 2017 Ryan Murphy’s HALF Fest Director’s Showcase 2019 El Rey Network The People’s Network Showcase
Director: Bola Ogun Cast: Bola Ogun, Joseph Dixon, Garrett Sato Producers: Bola Ogun, Blair Skinner Executive Producers: Rachel Bloom, Shawn Pipkin, Grayson Maxwell, Marci Skelton, and Eugene Skelton. Runtime: 11 minutes.
Ogun’s second short film “Are We Good Parents?@” had its world premiere at SXSW, took home 2nd Runner for Best Narrative Short at Urbanworld and won Best Short Film/ Emerging Filmmaker at AT&T’s SHAPE Event. Her work has received positive reviews from Black Girl Nerds and Shadow And Act. She honed her strong filmmaking skills and knowledge by working in the production department for 8 years on notable projects such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Neighbors,” “Battleship,” “True Detective,” and “Friday Night Lights.” Which led her to produce the Emmy campaign music video for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, Vanity Fair’s viral video “Ladyboss” and four Capital Records music videos.
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