A young, poor East African boy faces the reality of running out of food and water while caring for his dying mother. But in his imagination, he travels the world in his favorite blue toy car to save her.
Director: Henrik A. Meyer
Writers: Henrik A. Meyer & Edward Santiago
Producers: Henrik A. Meyer, Kelsey Mills & Andrew Possick Animation Producers: Tara Beyhm & Ron Diamond
Production Company: Henrik A. Meyer Productions
Running Time: 11:29 minutes Budget $25K
Language: English Format: 2:34, 5.5K
Cast: Trè Jamison & MaameYaa Boafo
Animation Director: Aleksandra Korejwo Cinematographer: Henrik A. Meyer, DFF
The idea behind "The Blue Car" is to express and depict the emotional, mental and physical difficulties endured by those facing a drought in the third world. In a life of struggle and limited means, how would an nine year old boy handle the responsibility of caring for his sick mother, with no one left to care for him?
In the Western world we take for granted that we have food, water, medicine, education, and leisure in abundance, while families like the one in this film feel lucky to have enough just to survive the day.
In my travels around the world, I have personally seen these tragic circumstances. While working for the Danish magazine "Bornefonden," which sponsors children, I visited families who were getting by month to month on money from their sponsors, but I also witnessed many more who did not have such a luxury. There were so many more children who needed help--something I hope this film can further illuminate.
Between July 2011 and mid-2012, a severe drought affected the entire East African region. Said to be "the worst in 60 years," the drought caused a severe food crisis across Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya that threatened the livelihood of 9.5 million people. Many refugees from Southern Somalia fled to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, where crowded, unsanitary conditions, coupled with severe malnutrition, led to a large number of deaths. Other countries in East Africa including Sudan, South Sudan and parts of Uganda were also affected by the food crisis.
Henrik A. Meyer found himself drawn to the camera at the age of 10 when he first started taking pictures,
which turned into a lifelong passion for photography. Mr. Meyer took his first cinematography course at
age 21, and he loved it so much that he moved to the USA in 1996, where he worked at Panavision LA
and completed further cinematography courses. In 2010, he graduated from film school in New York City
and received a diploma in Cinematography.
Mr. Meyer has collaborated closely with some of the most talented, award-winning cinematographers and
directors in Denmark. In over 15 years as a 1st AC, he has worked on three International Emmy®
Award-winning series, including UNIT 1 and FORSVAR with acclaimed director Niels Arden Oplev (director of
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Swedish version). His extensive experience as a 1st AC allowed him
to learn many skills that he holds today as a director of photography.
Mr. Meyer´s career as cinematographer has encompassed narrative features, shorts, documentaries, music
videos and commercials. MEDICINE MEN won 4 awards of excellence, was an official selection for the Short
Film Corner 2012 at Festival de Cannes, and has played in festivals around the world. CIGARETTE was
selected for several festivals around the world. Mr. Meyer is also an accomplished still photographer, and has
traveled around the globe to 36 countries and has won awards for his travel photography.
Henrik A. Meyer's showreel: www.henrikameyer.com
Pictures Henrik A. Meyer took for "Bornefonden Denmark"
Tré Jamison, born in New Jersey, has been involved in the modeling and acting business since he was 6 months old. After getting his first audition and booking the job (a Macy’s commercial) the week he turned 1 year old, it was apparent that he was comfortable on camera. Over the course of five years, he continued to book commercials and modeling jobs, eventually booking his first TV job, a recurring role as Gabe on the Lifetime Channel’s “Army Wives”. He has had the pleasure of working with Grammy Award winning singer Ashanti, Tonya Pinkins, and multiple award winning actress, Taraji P. Henson, amongst many others. His bright personality and well behaved manner always leaves a positive impression with the cast and crew.
Tre’ continues to book roles on both TV and film and manages to do a little modeling from time to time, but in his down time, he mostly enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games and creating YouTube videos for fellow gamers. In addition to all of his acting accomplishments, he is an excellent student and kind hearted soul.
Pronounced - Mah Mih Yah Bwafoh
MaameYaa Boafo was born in Pakistan and hails from Ghana, West Africa and currently lives in New York. Coming to the United States to obtain a double Bachelor degree in Journalism and French at Hood College, Ms. Boafo was then awarded the Levin Scholarship from Rutgers University where she received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has since gone on to play roles such as Ophelia in Hamlet, the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors and made her off-Broadway debut as Walter Mosley's leading lady in his play LIFT.
Since making her on-screen acting debut in 2012, in the award winning indie film Asa as the title role, MaameYaa has gone on to star in other indies and short films ( Bus Nut. Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu as well as TV: Madam Secretary, Blacklist & Mysteries of Laura to name a few. Ms. Boafo also leads the cast of An African City, the international hit web series that is "Africa's answer to Sex & the City" (CNN). Commercial appearances include Nickolodeon and Movicel starring Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and Dove Chocolate among others.
MaameYaa will next be seen opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Where is Kyra? and also in TheFamily Fang opposite Jason Bateman.
MaameYaa Boafo showreel: www.maameyaaboafo.com
Lars Wissing is a Copenhagen based editor with more than 15 years of experience.
Lars has edited several feature films, as well as award winning short films - including the Academy Award winner Helium.
His work includes award winning television series The Killing and The Protectors.
He is currently editing the feature film I Kill Giants starring Madison Wolfe and Zoe Saldana.
Aleksandra Korejwo website: Acme Filmworks
Korejwo's style of animation is a unique technique of colored salt manipulation with the use of a Condor feather. She gets her inspiration from poetry, music and nature.
Films made by Aleksandra Korejwo have been shown and awarded prizes all over the world. The film entitled "The Swan" has been awarded the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival in Shanghai, the title sequence of a feature film "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" for Walt Disney Pictures was nominated to the prestigios Annie Awards in Los Angeles. She received First Place Award for the film "Carmen Torero" at The World Animation Celebration in Los Angeles, Award of Exellence for the Film "Butterfly" (United Airlines 2009). The film entitled Fryderyk Chopin's WALTZ was screened in The Best of The World at the International Animation Festival, Hiroshima 2010.
In 2011 she finished the Film entitled "Jubilee Concerto" to the Fryderyk Chopin’s music and to the Saint John Paul II's poetry.
Aleksandra Korejwo's films received a total of approximately 50 awards, distinction and nominations at domestic and international festivals.
Her films made to classical music are especially valued by audiences.
A native of Iceland, Andi began as a classical violinist attending both The Peabody School, and Mannes. She studied songwriting at Hampshire College, and completed her audio-engineering studies at The School of Audio Engineering in NYC where she studied under James Cruz, Paul Falcone, John Siket, and Chloe Raynes.
Andi has lived in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Japan, and several US States. She has fostered lion cubs, trained owls, built schools, and volunteered at orphanages.
Her films have played at BAM, TriBeCa Cinemas, LA Cinefest, Palm Beach International Film Festival, The New York Independent Film Festival, New Film-Makers New York, LAIFF, LASFF (Winner: Best Drama), the AMC in Times Square, ICP Fest (Winner: Best Comedy), Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festival, and Lincoln Center's: Dance on Camera, as well as many other festivals nationally and internationally. She also freelances with various Creative Agencies around the world.
Michael DellaPolla...first assistant camera
Yousuke Kiname...camera operator
Bela Attila Kovacs...camera operator
Samantha Pyra...first assistant camera
Clemence Therin...key grip
Kim Hoover...production assistant
Lee Ann Hoover...script supervisor
Lars Wissing...special thanks