Black Reel Awards nominated actress Yolanda Ross has completed her debut film, the short Breaking Night. Inspired by watching writer/director Victoria Mahoney, Ross made the leap and is quite satisfied with the end results.
Breaking Night stars Clarke Peters, Levi Fiehler, Otto DeJean, and Ross as the female lead who experiences a metamorphosis after leaving life in a small town to venture out into the world, ultimately changing her own perception of it by daybreak. The concept for the film was inspired by 70s rock classic “Blinded By The Light” – the Springsteen track made popular by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Ross’ Breaking Night is a 7 minute short film-music video hybrid shot on RED camera by cinematographer Justin Zweifach, who wanted to maintain the look and feel of a 70s film. Working closely with co-producers Timothy Mather and Sasha Solodukhina, the film was shot over four days between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“FINALLY!! A chance to see the images that would always come to mind whenever I would hear “Blinded By the Light, said Ross. Yeah, the song everybody’s heard at least one time in their life. I figured, why not? I wanted to try something fresh and new to me, so with Breaking Night I am telling a Universal story, using a 70′s classic rock song and actors that most likely wouldn’t have been cast (people of color) if this were actually done in the 70′s. Breaking Night was an exercise for me to tell this story with images and sound within the confines of a seven minute song. Like most pieces of art, it’s gonna touch each viewer differently. That’s the goal.”
Ross was nominated for Outstanding Television Actress for her work in 2001’s Stranger Inside and has roles in Antwone Fisher and Treme. She also co-starred as the mother of Sweetness O’Hara, the lead played by Zoe Kravitz in Victoria Mahoney‘s Yelling To The Sky featuring Tariq Trotter (Black Thought) of The Roots.