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A Song for Pumpkin Brown and Search



Two short narrative films by Lowcountry filmmaker Brad Jayne.

A Song for Pumpkin Brown is set in 1961, Song of Pumpkin Brown begins as ten-year old Pumpkin Brown (Khari Lucas) loses his preacher father (Micheal L. Nesbitt) and their rural South Carolina home. Sent to the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, SC, the shy, lonely boy is introduced to the jazz trumpet as a means of dealing with his grief - a vital creative outlet that will set Pumpkin on his destined course as a professional musician.

In Search, a lonely housekeeper faces death and dying in Search, a dramatic and provoking short film written and directed by Brad Jayne. Set in 1986, Sonora (Ruth Ann Oliver) becomes enigmatically drawn to the plight of a missing autistic boy (Khari Lucas), a strange connection growing as the fate of the child becomes more and more dire. But what is it that forged this strange fascination, and what is the dark secret the quiet woman hides? Search bravely…humbly…powerfully contemplates the uncertainty of mortality and the fear borne from its mysteries.
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