Cast: Brodie Reed, Ellington Wells, David Gborie, Alice Wetterlund, Biniam Bizuneh, Josh Fadem, Opeyemi Olagbaju, Janelle James
Crew: Producers: Symone Baptiste, Michelle Zei – Screenwriters: Ellington Wells, Brodie Reed
Sixteen Thousand Dollars is a narrative comedy short film that imagines a world in which a struggling black college grad wakes up to find that reparations have finally been paid to descendants of slaves in America. With this new found capital, he will decide how best to spend his reparations, totaling a mere $16,000. Receiving reparations opens up old wounds of slavery, Jim Crow, and systemic oppression that he must evaluate on his journey.
Symone Baptiste is a Director, Writer, Producer and Comedy Booker based in LA. She currently produces and books a roster of live shows including The New Negroes (Comedy Central). Her core mission is to create content that reflects a wide range of diverse perspectives. She creates stories that elevate underrepresented voices, finding the humor in our differences while also speaking to social justice issues.