‘Breathless’ is the story of Larry, a middle aged Black man, whose trip to the bodega for coffee and cigarettes leads to his unwarranted death.
Larry, a father “figure” and street “entrepreneur” in his Brooklyn community, stops by Major Deli to see the owner, and for his usual coffee and cigarettes. On his way out, he breaks up a fight between neighborhood teens, resulting in an illegal cigarette transaction. Consequently, two undercover officers approach Larry, accusing him of selling illegal cigarettes. This encounter with the police quickly escalates and leads to Larry’s untimely death.
Anaiis is a MFA student in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University where she writes and direct films focusing on the experiences of underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gendered “minorities” in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film Studies at the City University of New York’s Queens College, where she produced STOPPED AND FRISKED (2013), a short film addressing NYPD’s unjust stop-and-frisk practices. Currently, she is working on her first year film Breathless, a racially-charged drama about race, gentrification, and police brutality in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY.