WHAT THEY SEEM
Director: John Becker
Run Time: 5 mins 29 sec
Short, Drama, DelMarVa
In the woods of an upper middle class neighborhood, two men find an unconscious African American man and have very different reactions.
Director Commentary: What They Seem is a film we in the cast and crew felt strongly about. Although it has many comedic elements, it sums up my feelings about many of the bizarre issues of our times, such as racism and what constitutes a good person. In an age when facts are elusive, this film is about finding the truth.
Director Bio: John Becker has won three Individual Artist’s Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. His musical, Everything I Do, was read at the Kennedy Center and chosen for a workshop at Artist’s Bloc. He was commissioned by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in NY to co-write and co-direct the book trailer for Susan Coll’s The Stager. His play Summit Meeting was performed at the Kennedy Center for a festival, where it was awarded 1st place by audience vote. John has had plays performed four years in a row at the Source Theatre in DC and had a play performed Off-Broadway at the Emerging Artists Theatre in New York. He co-wrote and co-produced the short film Thirst, and wrote, produced, and directed the film Finding Sandy. Finding Sandy was previewed at the North Beach American Film Festival. For the second year in a row, he was commissioned to write a play for the One-Minute Play Festival at Round House Theatre. He has also had plays performed at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, the Writer’s Center, Company 13, the Run of the Mill Theatre (for which they won a Greater Baltimore Theatre Award), the Human Rights Arts Festival for Amnesty International, and many others. He has also written articles for Howlround at Emerson College, and published poetry and short stories in various publications.