Review of “Fever” (short film) – Poignant, catchy and far too real
Fever is a psychological thriller that follows Jay and Andre who, after a series of violent events, escape from Jay’s conservative hometown in search of a fresh start in Brooklyn. While stopping to celebrate André’s mother’s 60th birthday, Jay’s mental health deteriorates as he faces the reality of his relationship and the dangers of his whiteness.
It is said that time heals all wounds, but first these wounds must be recognized, healed and healed. While physical injuries may leave no evidence of existence once healed, psychological damage may never fully dissipate. Trauma, whether acute, chronic or complex, can lie dormant for years. However, in a society full of literal and figurative triggers, you may never fully escape what torments you. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with people who love and care about you. It’s also important that they know what your limits are. You can and will heal, you just have to put in the work. It may take a while, but I promise you it will be worth it in the end.
“It’s not about you anymore.”
Sometimes you have to show people so they fully understand. Directed by Angele Cooper and written by Jeremy Feight, Fever is a poignant, gripping and all too real psychological thriller. kinda living in the same realm as get out With its thriller elements and subject matter, this short film approaches race relations from an unexpected position, shame, guilt and understanding. Not only that, but the story also momentarily highlights the difficulty of being gay in the black community as well as interracial relationships. Not to mention bipolar disorder. Told from the perspective of Jay, Andre’s white boyfriend. Jay isn’t entirely sure about the receptive nature of Andre’s family, however, his family isn’t too fond of Andre being black either. Unfolding seamlessly, the film treats every subject with care while giving you a raw experience that many of us have seen firsthand. It also provides context for those unaware of the plight of the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities as well as the intersection of the two.
Just because you’re invited to the “barbecue” doesn’t mean you’re welcome. As the story turns into a crimson color fever dream, the heart of the short explodes as the whiteness is consciously or unconsciously weaponized. Well written and directed Fever is definitely a talking point and probably a bit divisive. While some people have to deal with uncomfortable truths and harsh realizations, others of us experience sensory validation when we witness a lived reality. With messages for all but Allies in particular, this film should be enjoyed for both its directness and its creativity. I really appreciated Fever and look forward to the future works of the writer and director. Its reviewability is high.
rhythm and pop
The pacing is perfect as the story transitions from calm and blends effortlessly into full-blown drama. What jumped out at me was the film’s awareness of itself. He gives himself a valid excuse but does not allow himself to use it. Instead, he holds himself accountable.
Characters and Chemistry
With: David J. Cork, Jeremy Feight, Janet Hubert, Alice Ripley
Performance is excellent all around. However, David J. Cork and Jeremy Feight as Andre and Jay, respectively, star in this outing. Their performances are as powerful as the story. While André embodies the fear, hesitation and frustration of the black experience, especially in interracial relationships, Jay represents an awakened unconscious armed whiteness. The dynamic between the two escalates as the film progresses until it explodes into a powerfully charged message.
Fever recently performed during the BFI Flare: LGBTQIA+ Film Festival with upcoming US screenings. Stay safe and enjoy.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Director: Angele Cooper
Writer: Jeremy Fight
Producers: Jeremy Feight, Meg Murthy, Cathy Ye, Daniel P. Calderon, James Cole Jr., Jason Cox, Rolando Breathwaite, Chenney Chen
Executive producers: Griffin Matthews, James Cole Jr., Leslie Williams
Cinematography: Cathy Ye
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