Brazzaville Teen-Ager Wins Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund’s Short Film Award
June 21st, 2013
Brazzaville Teen-Ager, a 20-minute short film directed by Michael Cera and airing on premium YouTube channel, JASH, has won Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund’s Short Film Award. The $1,000 prize will be awarded at this year’s Just For Laughs Awards Show. Brazzaville Teen-Ager marks Cera’s debut as a director. The Canadian actor is best known for his roles in Arrested Development, Youth in Revolt, Superbad, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Juno.
Brazzaville Teen-Ager is an adaptation of a 1966 short story by Bruce Jay Friedman about a man who tries to deal with his father’s illness by staging a wholly illogical act: getting his grim-faced boss to sing backup vocals on a doo-wop track. Cera has updated the song by casting pop star Kelis (who plays herself). The short has received very positive reviews:
* “Michael Cera displays real promise with his debut short, Brazzaville Teen-ager, a surprisingly moving and well-made slice of deadpan oddness.” — EW.com
* “…a work of art, if not funny.” — LaughSpin.com
* “…a very darkly funny look at the intersection of art and humiliation” — Huffington Post
Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund has been a long standing supporter of industry training, project development and promotional initiatives. In addition to the Fund’s Script Development and Equity Investment Programs, the Industry Initiatives Program invests over $200,000 each year in the Canadian film and television industry.
Brazzaville Teen-Ager was selected by the Just For Laughs film programming team from submissions received. It screens at EAT MY SHORTS on July 25th.