Thursday, July 10, 2014

Black Women in Horror: Short Film, Patty Cake


Written and directed by University of Michigan alum and writer on the former ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 Phonz Williams, Patty Cake is an eerie three minutes full of tension when Patty and her mother (Tiffany Snow and Tyler Lewis) can't seem to see eye to eye.

Teenagers...

It's a solid short but suffers from pacing due to its time limit.

What I do dig about Patty Cake is its potential. I would love to see Williams develop this into something bigger. Patty Cake manages in a short time to bring up very universal themes between parents and their children while giving it a personal touch for Black women. This is the kind of stuff I remember being so enamored with in 80s horror. With some online mobilization, Patty Cake managed to win first place in the Create A 3 Minute Film, Hollywood Black Film Festival in 2014. And I think there's a brief scene shown from Abby. Nice call back!

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