• Director

    Robert Manning Jr.

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 15:35

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

TAKE THIS: 7 Films That Refuse to Back Down

April 17, 2024 @ 7:00PM • MoMI Redstone

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Freddy, a young father desperate to win back custody of his daughter, goes to see his best friend and barber – Noah, for a fresh haircut – before heading to court. Even though Freddy tries to mask it, Noah knows his boy more than anyone else and understands his fears. With tough love and a fresh fade, Noah helps Freddy find the confidence he needs on the most important day of his life—a priceless exchange.


Robert Manning Jr., Director, The Time Traveler’s Wife
Luke Tennie, Writer, Shrinking
Noam Shapiro, Writer, The Kill Room
Noam Shapiro, Producer, JADE
Luke Tennie, Producer, JADE
Victor Almanzar, Key Cast, “The Narrator “11:55
Luke Tennie, Key Cast, “Freddy”
Noam Shapiro, Key Cast, “Noah”

Director Statement

“There are a few things I understand to some degree: Being a father, the importance and feeling of self-worth you get from a great haircut, and friendship (which is essential to my soul). I hope in some way I was able to imprint some degree of understanding to the visual storytelling of JADE and how these three elements lend themselves to the success of the film.”

Director Biography

Robert is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Professional Acting Training Program, MFA. Upcoming: Directing: – Last Dance, JADE, O.T, Producing/Directing: – Mars and Venus (Web Series). Acting: Recent Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Secrets of Sulphur Springs, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Brides (Pilot), The Enemy Within, Madame Secretary, Blue Bloods, Braindead, Person of Interest. Film: Frogtown, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Theatre – Broadway/Off-Broadway: Magic/Bird, The Thing with Feathers. Regional: Othello, The Christians, Two Trains Running. 2008 NAACP Theatre Award Nomination: Defiance – Pasadena Playhouse. 2010 NAACP Theatre Award Nomination: Battle Hymn – Ford Theatre. 2012 NAACP Theatre Award Win: Blues for an Alabama Sky – Pasadena Playhouse. Robert would like to thank his family for their everlasting support.