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Directed by Carey Williams
12 minutes.
USA. 2017. In English
Starring Darrell Lake, Jason Woods, Pete Pasco

Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Official Trailer


Select Festivals & Awards

- 2018 Sundance Film Festival, USA: Short Film Special Jury Award
- 2018 SXSW, USA: Best Narrative Short
- 2018 Seattle International Film Festival, USA: Golden Space Needle Award
- 2018 Aspen ShortsFest: Special Narrative Mention
- 2018 Nashville Film Festival: Honorable Mention

About the Director

Carey Williams is a director bringing a unique and visually striking cinematic eye to the exploration of the human condition. Williams aspires to evoke thought, reflection and positive change with his work by creating character centric art that explores social and class structure. A child of a hard-working single mother, Williams formative years were spent between two worlds - that of a middle to lower class environment and the world of the movies where anything was possible. Seduced by the power of film to disturb or delight and determined to bring his POV to the artform, he moved to California in his pursuits. In 2012, Williams directed Cherry Waves, which won Best Short film awards from HBO, NBC Shortcuts, San Diego Film Festival, as well as Best Narrative from Hollyshorts Film Festival. He honed his craft in the narrative television world taking an apprenticeship with Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes on the critically acclaimed television show Banshee, where he directed an episode of the companion series Banshee: Origins. Williams received further tutelage as a mentee with Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation, and was a directing fellow with the 2017 Film Independent Project Involve class. The short film he directed in the program, Emergency, has won numerous awards including Harness Social Impact Award at the 2017 NBC Shortcuts, Best Narrative Short at 2018 SXSW Film Festival, and is the first film in the 25 year history of Project Involve to be an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, where it also garnered a Special Jury Award.



Sat., Dec. 15, 2018 at 9:05 PM
In Shorts One
Central Valley

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton



Narrative Short Film

Director: Carey Williams
Screenwriter: Kristen Davila
Producer: Joenique C. Rose
Cinematographer: Jomo Fray
Editor: David Aristizabal Mora
Sound: Tim Sloan

Permission: Carey Williams

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