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New Moon: Coleman Domingo to the Oscar nominee [WATCH EXCLUSIVE TRAILER]

by Stewart Cole

New Moon,” one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short, is the imaginative, surreal journey of young JJ and his mother Eddie. Their inner city dreams are illuminated by the New Moon accompanied by his magic Aretha Franklin playing a summer’s eve on a transistor radio in their West Philadelphia backyard. Watch an exclusive new trailer above.

The short film has been adapted by the Emmy Award-winner Coleman Domingoof the play entitled “A Boy and His Soul”. It is dedicated to black mothers and sons and the love and inspiration that keeps them inspired through countless hardships. In addition to writing the story, Colman voices each of the characters.

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Coleman’s husband and creative partner Raul Domingo served as co-writer and co-director. They worked with animators Jérémie Balais and Jeff LeBars to bring that story to the screen.

In a joint statement, Colman and Raúl expressed: “In the summer of 2020, during such turmoil around the world, we sought to build a partnership with two strangers in Lyon, France who showed such heart and soul in their work. animation. We started our work seriously online. Through Dropbox folders, video conferences, language barriers, hours rotoscoping sessions directed and filmed by Raoul, where Coleman happened to be on the planet. We went down the rabbit hole of this strange but rewarding journey of adapting a small piece of text into a full animated storytelling experience while still maintaining its theatrical origins. We had no idea what we were creating or how to actually do it. We just knew we found partners who wanted to send a beautiful message to the world that is basically about the love of mothers, black boys, dreams and the strength of Aretha Franklin. We are very excited to share New Moon with the world.”

After completing several acclaimed performances in San Francisco, Off Broadway, London and Australia, Colman was asked several times to repeat his solo performance of “A Boy and His Soul”, but ultimately felt he needed to evolve from the stage. Raoul, Coleman’s creative partner, suggested animating a portion of the show to depict a world in which vivid imagination lived and could be achieved. This was the beginning of a happy two-year partnership with Jeff and Jérémie on all continents at the beginning of the global pandemic. All work including rotoscope, ADR, etc. they’ve been done via Zoom, Dropbox and telecommunications without ever meeting in person. As of this date, they still haven’t. Jeff speaks no English, Raoul and Coleman speak little French, but the power of telling this short matter this medium has bound them with images, sound and passion.

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