Q: Where did the title CLING come from?
A: In addition to the definition of the word “cling” aptly representing the cause and cure for Jade’s dilemma, writer, Enisha Brewster, lived on Kling St in Los Angeles during the relationship that most inspired the short film.
Q: Why is there so little dialogue?
A: It was important to the filmmakers to emphasize the emotional journey of Jade and highlight the dialogue between Jade and her mother, Darlene, as the turning point in the film.
Q: How long did it take to make the film?
A: Six months: preproduction began April of 2021, filming took place in June, and the film was completed in October.
Q: How many days of filming were there?
Q: Why does Jade throw Jason’s phone in the trash?
A: Jade is angry and beyond her capacity to communicate rationally. Instead of responding to his messages about her taking his phone, she tosses it.
Q: Does the dialogue between Jade and Darlene happen in present day?
A: Though intentionally ambiguous at the start, this conversation is one of several flashbacks Jade recalls during her single-day journey.
Q: Why does Jade say “Yeah, it’s me” on the phone to her mom?
A: Darlene has likely been trying to reach Jade all day. She responds this way as a confirmation and answer to Darlene’s admonishment earlier in the film.
Q: In how many different locations did filming take place?
A: Eight, many of which were visited twice in a single day of shooting to capture the passing of time.
Q: How did ‘Lady in Green’ inspire the story?
A: The Ntozake Shange character has a famous poem that begins: “somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff”. The metaphoric poem inspired both the name of the lead character and parts of the plot.
Q: Did CLING have an all-female crew?
A: Nearly. All key filmmaker roles were held by women: writer, director, cinematographer, assistant camera, and producers.
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ABOUT THE FILM...
With its limited dialogue, CLING is a visual and emotional appeal to anyone trapped in an unhealthy situation to take one step and then another toward peace, to never forget who they are, and to take responsibility for their happiness no matter what.
Shot in a variety of East Los Angeles neighborhoods, the moving pictures of CLING are meant to serve as a metaphor of the inner struggle one wages as she contends with one unsustainable reality after another. And, it is an ode to the power of a mother’s love which knows no depths and defies all distances.
CLING is inspired by the real-life events of writer and lead actress, Enisha Brewster, detangling from bad relationships and surviving the harsh realities of life far from home. Enisha also drew inspiration from “lady in green,” a character from Ntozoke Shange’s Choreopoem, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf. For Enisha, making CLING has served as a catharsis and an acknowledgement of a reclaimed self.
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