Silent Beats (short film) taps into something great

30 Mar


In 2001, director Jon Chu’s taps into something great with a five-minute short film that takes on racism and people’s stereotypical assumptions about one another.  Silent Beats is a low-budget (400 dollars) black and white student film that mostly takes place in an Asian owned convenience store. The main character is a young African-American boy that enters the store to pick up a couple of things. The Asian store owner and an elderly Caucasian women profile him while the young man, also has his own set of preconceived notions about these two adult characters. The subtext is powerful and throughout the film the sound of a tap dancer is heard. This auditory effect is the backbone of the film and the creative force that lifts the performances to another level. Silent Beats is only the prelude to Chu’s affinity for dance oriented projects that I have come to appreciate for his ability to capture the passion of contemporary dance on film.


Chuck’s Grade: A-

Adam’s Grade: A-

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