Alice wandering in the land of reality would best describe the journey on which you're invited to travel along with first-time director Xelinda Yancy's emotional debut. Time Out offers a chapter in the life of its nine year-old character Lauren Martin. Secrets unburied, confrontations boldly faced, and decisions defiantly made, make way for a course that will forever change the road on which she ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Principal Benson
Kieron DiMack
Little girl
Lauren Martin
Shawnee (as Tinashe Kachingwe)


Winner of the 2004 HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival, TIME OUT offers a chapter in the life of Lauren Martin, a precocious nine-year old dealing with life after the lost of her mother. A confrontation with a jealous classmate triggers a domino effect which eventually puts her face to face with a decision that will forever change the road on which she must choose to follow. Written by Xelinda Yancy

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When there's no place to run...


Short | Drama





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6 February 2004 (USA)  »

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$45,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Cute Short Film
6 February 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

This is one cute film. Although the message behind this film is very serious and thought provoking, it was a cute, sweet, and tenderhearted film. As a filmmaker I am intrigued how well the story was put together for this short film in a very creative way. The protagonist character in this film is a very good little actress and there was great casting done in this film. The choice of music worked very well especially during the scene when the little girl goes home to face her abusive Aunt and Dinah Washington's "Love Don't Live Here Anymoe" ballad is playing in the background. Good music selection. I was able to empathize with the character is some way which I find to be profound because I have never experienced child abuse. Use of close up shots on the little girl helped to create empathy. I'm curious to see more work by this film director and I am quite impressed that she wrote as well as directed the film. Great job and what a great film :)

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