This year marks the Tenth Anniversary of one of my favorite short films, Five Deep Breaths. In just 20 minutes, this film tells a complete yet complex tale of Manhood, Masculinity, Responsibility and Revenge. Written and Directed by Seith Mann as his student Master’s Thesis Film at New York University, its not a wonder why this short launched a successful career for the filmmaker.You may not know Seith Mann’s name but you’ve likely seen his work. Since this film was released in 2003, he’s directed at least one episode of at least one of your favorite television shows: The Wire, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Sons of Anarchy, Entourage, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Fringe, Dexter, House of Lies, The Walking Dead and many more.This film also marked the debut of a young actor named Jamie Hector, who would go on to land his most memorable role as Marlo Stanfield on The Wire.
The acting, writing, producing and directing throughout this film are impressive, especially considering that Five Deep Breaths was made with very little money or resources. This short serves not only as entertainment, but also as an example of the high bar quality of work we should all hope to reach. It also demonstrates that excuses are excuses, no matter how you pretty them up with encouragement.It may seem like I’m overly critical of the work of creative people here at Cypher Avenue, but that’s only because I’ve been exposed to a lot of really great works by others with fewer resources. This high criticism even applies to my own work and contributions to this website as well. We need to push each other, not coddle. If there are any filmmakers, musicians, writers, actors or artists out there who are thin-skinned and discouraged by mere words, you’re in the wrong fucking business.Your “Gay House Mothers” can pat you on the back and give you false accolades, but I will continue to be the “Big Brother” of the black gay community, putting a foot up your ass whenever you don’t bring your A-game to the arena. Believe me when I say I expect the same in return. Now stop crying and watch a fucking amazing short film!