Guyana | 2011 | 11 mins
“The Seawall,” a narrative short film shot entirely on location in Georgetown, Guyana, tells the story of Marjorie, a Guyanese woman, who is preparing for her 10-year old grandson’s move to America to be with his mother. Struggling with loneliness, and abandonment, audiences watch as Marjorie sacrifices her happiness for her grandson’s future.
Mason Richards, has his Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts (CAL ARTS). At Cal Arts, Mason developed his cinematic style, wrote and directed several short films, including his thesis, THE SEAWALL. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Festival de Cannes in the Short Film Corner. To make THE SEAWALL, Mason returned to his home country, Guyana, South America. He was able to tell the story from a personal perspective, and work with non-actors in the community. The film was well received by the international audience.
Mason’s passion for film began as a teen growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He saw the arts an escape from his sometimes violent and tremulous neighborhood. At 15, Mason was the youngest member of The CityKids Repertory, a professional theater company focused on arts-education. At CityKids, he workshopped, staged and performed theatrical pieces around diversity, education, race, gender, sexuality – issues affecting young people. He was able to harness his creative voice through performance, theatrical workshops, and writing. In CityKids, Mason also had the opportunity to work with accomplished actors, including Dule Hill, Donald Faison, Lisa Nicole Carson, Malik Yoba, Isaiah Washington. He was also able to work with accomplished directors like Dianne Houston, Laurie Carlos and Jamal Joseph.
He wishes to continue on this journey of creative storytelling in the world of film as a Writer/Director.