Playing Isabelle Pisano in our film SOUND was the most challenging & rewarding character whose skin I've had the opportunity to step into. Exploring her lens of life through the loss of sense, in this case sound, brought a new perspective to understanding how the layer of loss effects the psychology and environmental life of the character. Doubled with producing this film with my husband, Tawan, I grew tremendously as an Actress and Woman. I hope you get a chance to see our film. One critic says "it stays with you." Here's to more films that stay with the audience and those who bring it to life!
Sound is currently on the festival circuit and has garnered...
27 Official Selections | 30 Nominations | 26 WINS...and counting!
A few of my favorite frames...
SOUND receives 4-Stars and is awarded the Film of the Month distinction in the June 2019 edition of TMFF. I'll share my favorite quote from this review & I hope you read the review in it's entirety. It's a good one! Click the button below for the full review!
Thank you TMFF! We are honored.
"Avoiding the conventional epic structure of a short film, Tawan Bazemore accesses the stylistics of a poetic cinema that, by abandoning the word as a supreme means of expression (except for a few seconds, this short film is completely lacking dialogue), plunges inside the twisted mental of the victim who has lost sensory integrity with such overwhelming suggestive force that the spectator merges with the protagonist into an inseparable entity."
Film Threat gives SOUND 7.5 out of 10 stars! And we are here for it. This review digs into the elemental foundation we created playing with sound as the Antagonist that haunts our Protagonist, Isabelle (played by me) throughout the film. It's a deep dive into the shallow end. Exactly, where want to take our audiences. Read my favorite quote from this review! Then click below to read the full review. It's exciting!
Thank You, Film Threat!
"Bazemore employs a few thriller techniques to bring a darker edge to Pisano's "normal." It's a short that will jar your senses and leave you emotionally stunned, which quite frankly is what more short films should do."
Indie Shorts Mag says SOUND is "Highly recommended!" And we agree!! Thank you Indie Shorts Mag for this awesome review! I couldn't pick out just one of my favorite quotes from this review. So I chose a paragraph. Read my favorite parts and then read the entire review. It's worthy!
"As the only protagonist of the film, Porter-Bazemore has delivered a long, engaging performance. Add to that, she has also worked on the production design of the film. Her nuanced portrayal of a woman in pain is hard to leave one unaffected."
"Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Colorist/Editor of this visual treat, Tawan Bazemore who has given this short many beautiful frames, aptly says that “I love the idea of shaping a world within a frame and telling a layered story through direction and subtext” and lives by his words. The Bazemore duo has indeed offered an experience that is hard to forget, checks all the box of being a masterpiece and a great example of good cinema. Highly recommended!"
Review Fix: SOUND REVIEW: It'll Stay With You.
With a title like that, we are all smiles. We were so honored to have Donna-Lynn Washington review our film. She so beautifully lays out the landscape of SOUND and with a fine tooth comb unearths for the reader the silent and deafening world we labored to bring to the screen. My favorite quote is below but read the full article for yourself. You will thank me later! :)
"The best types of horror will give you one of those twists that you never see coming. "Sound" does that. That ending will stay with you, it's that good."
Richard Propes of the Independent Critic has an eyes for film! We are over that moon that he has an eye for SOUND! He gives our film a GRADE A-. His review takes a broad approach, while methodically unearthing the world of the film in such detailed manner that he presents to the reader a clear picture of our film and the world Isabelle Pisano is suffering to trudge through. I couldn't just pick out one favorite quote from his review. I had to choose two. But don't just read my favorites. The full review is below. Read it for yourself!
Thank you for this wonderful review, Richard!
"Working as a companion to Crystal Porter Bazemore's stand-out performance, the film's audio experience, complete in Dolby 5.1, is an entirely immersive experience that should definitely be experience on the best screen with the best sound system possible."
"An enthralling and engaging experience from beginning to end, Sound tells a most unique story, and it's a story you're unlikely to forget anytime soon."
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Welcome to CPB Online! Your source of all news for Actress/Writer/Producer Crystal Porter-Bazemore. Crystal is a film/tv/theatre Actress having played opposite Loretta Devine in Soul Cafe. She has appeared on television, most recently USA Network's Pearson. And produced with husband, Tawan Bazemore, the Award Winning film SOUND, directed by Tawan Bazemore. The film has received 27 Official Selections. 30 Nominations. 27 Wins. Crystal has received a Best Actress WIN 5 times for her performance in SOUND.
Sound is the story of photographer, Isabelle Pasano. A woman who becomes hearing impaired after a violent car accident. As she struggles to cope, something beautifully terrifying happens. I play Isabelle Pasano. On the festival circuit, Sound has garnered: 27 Official Selections | 30 Noms
27 WINS | 4 WINS for Best Actress
A Spin-Off of "Suits" on USA Network, Pearson follows Gina Torres' character, Jessica Pearson as she tackles the world of crime and politics in Chicago. I play Beat Reporter, Crystal Bazemore.
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