Trinidad & Tobago | 2011 | 12 mins
“THE LITTLE BOY AND THE BALL” – Taking place in the lush and diverse Northern coast of Trinidad & Tobago; ‘The Little Boy and The Ball’ explores the relationship of a young boy and his favorite companion: his ball.
Richard, a 10-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents, has an attachment to a soccer ball as if it were his best friend. Every where Richard goes, so goes the ball. As time progresses, the ball develops different blemishes as a result of their activities together. We are reminded that inanimate objects can have memories as well; maybe just in the form of a scratch. ‘The Little Boy and The Ball’ is a simple story with a simple moral, a friend is a friend no matter the person or the thing.
As a boy growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Damian Marcano often spent his days at play in the streets of his community of Morvant/Laventille, in east Port-of-Spain. He migrated to the US at the age of 12, and later enrolled at Ohio State University, intending to study medicine. Instead he moved to New York and became a web design programmer, then entered the world of filmmaking.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Marcano made his first film, the charming short The Little Boy and the Ball, in 2011. Now he has returned to the streets he knew as a child to shoot his first feature, the gritty drama God Loves the Fighter, the story of Charlie, a young man down on his luck who reluctantly gets drawn into working for a drug-dealing gang leader.