I came across a charming short film from Brennan Srisirikul that celebrates Chinese culture and the love of singing… and the dream of winning a Tony.
Brennan Srisirikul: “I am a disabled artist from Boston…. Recently, I participated in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. I wanted to share my team’s (I was the leader) film with you. Five of my creatives along with myself are Rhode Island College alumni. We are so proud of the film! I know everyone needs some levity and joy right about now, too.”
This short shows off Brennan’s talents and inner life. The storytelling elements and structure work in a way that brings joy to a glimpse into the universal experience of pandemic misery. Clever, thoughtful, and inspiring.
Srisirikul: “This year’s theme for the film challenge was mockumentaries. In our short film, you see the depiction of an Asian ritual meant to offer things to dead relatives. However, in our film, this is done in a satirical nature, meant to uplift the Asian experience when it’s needed most. I wanted to use my talent and passion to make a statement against Anti-Asian racism while honoring my birthplace of Thailand and my Chinese heritage. The Disability Film Challenge was started in. 2014 by disabled actor and comedian, Nik Novicki, as a way to increase representation in media, but to give disabled artists like me a nationally recognized platform. I am so proud of this film. I am so proud of my team, who are all so talented. In five days, we created an original five-minute musical. The film is completed in five days from pen to paper when we got the full assignment on March 16 to submission on March 21. My team will tell you that I did most of the work but I truly could not have done without them. It was a hell of a lot of work on my part though. I penned the book and lyrics. Additionally, I conceptualized the project, I starred in it, directed it, directed the photography, and produced it. I also cast it and design the sets and costumes. It is the proudest accomplishment of my whole life so far. I feel like it’s my baby. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!”