directed by Brandi Nicole Payne

Narrative Short | 2018 | USA | 13 min English

Aloha follows one new mom's quest to find the perfect birth announcement after the delivery of her baby doesn't go quite as planned. It's a lighthearted drama that touches on a pregnancy complication that isn't always easy to discuss.

Warning: mature content

Brandi Nicole Payne is an actor, writer and “artivist" from California by way of Las Vegas who now splits her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles. An HBO Access Writing Fellow, Athena List and Urbanworld Finalist and Second Rounder for Austin Film Festival and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, her work has been featured on television and has won multiple awards at various film festivals across the country. MUTED, a short film she wrote and produced about media discrepancy when a child of color goes missing, starring Chandra Wilson (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (MAJOR CRIMES, THE COSBY SHOW), was acquired by HBO and selected for the Ryan Murphy Half Initiative Program. 

As one of three filmmakers chosen for the inaugural Emergence Program (a camera and equipment grant for female filmmakers), Brandi recently made her directorial debut with her short film ALOHA, which was crowdfunded on Seed & Spark and supported by a grant from Grant Larson Productions. Brandi's goal as a writer, filmmaker and actor is to use story to transform pain into power.

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