[The Film Blog] Sylaz Ud’ee is at the beginning of an exciting career as a film maker

Sylaz Ud’ee is a Nigerian-American film maker in the City College, New York undergoing his MFA in Filmmaking. The Lagos born filmmaker is in the news for his new movie Heart Cry that was nominated as the Best student short film in the Los Angeles film festival and the Miami independent film festival and has also been screened at different film festivals in the United States of America.

Heart Cry is an 8-minute short film set in 2017 New York about how a family tries to recover from the loss of their mother and the subsequent depression that ensures. The film is centered around Hannah played by Isioma Nwabude and her attempts to get her family back to bright days. Her father was in the same accident and survived but is confined to a wheelchair.

Sylaz says this movie was inspired by a song; Heart Cry by Wale Adenuga. The movie touches on the depression that usually happens after an accident or an emotionally fatal incident and is meant to serve as an inspiration to survivors.

While it took a whole night to write the script for the movie and two days to shoot, post production took roughly one week to shoot his masterpiece. He however encountered challenges in raising funds for the film.

This is his fourth film and he has other unreleased work including “Sarah”, “The Trunk”, and “My name is Udoka, a Nigerian not a scammer”. My name is Udoka, a Nigerian not a scammer is a feature film that will be released very soon. He is currently working on a TV show titled The Writers; a series he hopes will be aired on network channels across the United States.

Check out Heart Cry Here:


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