Canada-Trinidad & Tobago-Jamaica | 209 | 11 mins
“CHAINS” – In a dystopian future a woman risks death to grow a flower.
SYNOPSIS: Chains is a short film that takes place in a dystopian future where the poor are forced to live underground with no natural light and scarce water. Chain is starved for beauty in her desolate underground community of scavengers. She appears to commit the crime of growing a flower by using scarce water. Munk, a religious zealot oversees the bizarre roulette type death punishment this act of defiance brings. Chain’s lover breathes in this world’s only flower as he stands beside her ready to take a bullet for her. The gun is loaded and the trigger is squeezed…
- American Black Film Festival Finalist
- Eugene International Film Festival WINNER of Best Short Sci Fi
- Toronto International Film Festival – Special Presentation
- Chicago International Film Festival
- Reel World Film Festival
- AIRED ON HBO, CBC, aspireTV
Sharon Lewis’s talent successfully criss-crosses the genre of television, film, digital, print and theatre in a variety of roles as an award winning director, actor, producer and writer. Sharon garnered the highest ratings for hosting the CBC live political talk show, counterSpin in the history of that show. She is the first woman of color in Canada to host a national prime time talk show. She is a Leo and Gemini nominated television host for ZeD an interactive television and web CBC show.
Voted one of the top most powerful people in Canada by Elle Magazine in 2004, award winning writer/director/producer Sharon Lewis has been creating ground-breaking content since her 1994 play Sistahs. Sharon has a track record of working with a variety of top tier Canadian and International talent, including Drake, Timothy Hutton, Jennifer Beals, Maroon 5, Property Brothers – Jonathan and Drew Scott, Dan Akroyd, Clarke Johnson, Tonya Lee Williams and many more, in diverse capacities.
Her award winning short films Chains and Ritch have been sold and broadcast on such networks as BET, HBO, and CBC. She has received support for various projects from funding agencies such as the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council, National Film Board of Canada.
She has directed over 100 hours of popular television, appearing on HGTV, CBC, SUNtv and the Food Network.
Sharon has currently wrapped her debut afropunk feature film inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s award winning novel, Brown Girl in the Ring. Sharon wrote, directed and produced with a stellar team this groundbreaking sci fi feature film. Sharon has already received development funding towards a video game, inspired by the novel.
Sharon was one of the first women of color to co-found a theatre company in Toronto,the first woman of color to host two national live TV programs, and now the first to bring to the screen a Canadiana-Caribbean fantasy film.