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Bravery - Sandra D.'s Thesis Film

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"Bravery" is a story about, Little Benjamin Avery. He loves everything about space and all things NASA, especially when his dad was chosen for his first flight to the International Space Station. As career day approaches at school, choosing a topic should be easy, that is, until Ben learns of his father’s death during the astronaut mission. Now Ben and his mom Alice are left trying to figure out how to move forward.

As student filmmakers, we strive to create powerful short films both emotionally and visually. 
Your support will help with:
-Production Design
-Post-production Editing Materials
-Feeding Cast and Crew

Meet the Key Crew Members:

Director: Sandra Demetrius 

A former child who loves stargazing herself, Sandra Demetrius is an MFA Cinema and Television candidate at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Sandra has led the television and drama ministry for Overcoming by Faith church in Savannah, Georgia. Drawing from her ministry background, her career plan is to direct and edit inspiring and insightful television content with public service networks such as PBS and Litton Entertainment. She also has a special passion for stories that are told through a child’s perspective. Sandra is currently leading as Student Assistant Editor for Mary For Mayor, Regent University’s latest feature film in collaboration with producer Corbin Bernsen, as well as serving as video editor and producer for numerous award-winning short films. Sandra is excited to serve as director for Bravery. Inspired by Astronaut Chris Hadfield who had the ability to live his childhood dream while maintaining the drive and dedication to become the best in his field, Sandra hopes Bravery encourages her viewers, family, and friends to reach for the stars no matter what, and to remember the things in life that are bigger than life itself.

“With Bravery, we follow a bright young boy named Ben who is forced to deal with tough issues regarding his astronaut father’s death. I am excited to direct Bravery because it helps us to see not just ourselves, but it hopefully inspires a renewed curiosity about the world, whether it be a facet of history, science, or the arts.”

Producer: DeLora Lambert

DeLora Lambert is an actress, director and movie producer from Brooklyn, New York who is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Directing and Producing at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a Retired United States Navy disabled Veteran. DeLora has produced several film and television projects for the military and independently, Kids and Couture, Mighty Oak, and a multi camera tv sitcom called Coopersville P.D. to name a few.  She has acted in Wings, the short student film which was an official selectee of the GO Independent film festival of Washington D.C.,  Dummy Spotting, ByStander Intervention and Suicide Awareness for which she received a Flag Letter of Accommodation from a United States Navy Rear Admiral while still serving in the Navy. She was the casting director for the Fall 2017 Regent Endowment Film, More Than and associate producer of The Miracle Project. She has produced several public service announcements for the United States Navy Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions.  Delora volunteered for the Media and Drama Ministry team at World Changers Church New York for 3 years and she currently serves at The Miracle Center church in Portsmouth, Virginia as their Media Department Leader.

“Never let anyone make you feel like you’re not worthy. You are worthy of the best!”

“Working on the film Bravery is an honor for me and I am looking forward to filming it because it has already started a rekindling of the nostalgic sense of pride and joy I had while serving my country in the Navy.” ~ DeLora Lambert, Producer, Bravery

Meet the Cast: Malachi Dewitt

Malachi Dewitt is a local young actor who loves acting, and he plays Ben in “Bravery”.

Malachi has appeared in various films such as Our Nation, The Ballerina, Night Terrors, and Out of Desperation. He also appeared in television programs like The 700 Club, The Daily Show, Happily Never After, and Sesame Street. He did commercials for Silver Diner and Army Fitness and appeared in a video called Wired Differently advocating mental and behavioral awareness in an educational setting. He also did work as a print model for Hampton CVB.

Malachi lives in Virginia Beach where he attends a gifted school. His favorite subject is math. He enjoys playing the cello and piano, chess, gaming, karate, magic tricks, reading, robotics, soccer, and the Rubik’s cube.

"I hope this story reaches out to people who are going through hard times and need to know there's still a light. I hope to strengthen my acting skills through this emotional role using expressions to tell the story."

Meet the Cast: Morgan McCoy

Morgan is an author, keynote speaker, historical interpreter, minister, award winning actress, and CEO of M.A.M. Inc She utilizes her unique story telling ability to motivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. She plays Alice in "Bravery".

Morgan’s mission is to educate and entertain her respective audiences. She uses comedy and drama to connect with her audiences and expose social woes. As an African American woman, Morgan has encountered racism and sexism, so she decided to use her life experiences to write, "Evolution of a Black Girl...". She has a second show, “She’s Got Issues” which addresses sexism, domestic violence, human trafficking, and breast cancer. Her third show, The Cry of the Fatherless, emphasizes the importance of adoption.

Currently, Morgan is touring her three shows, working on her feature film script, speaking at various conferences and acting in other film and TV Projects. Recently she co-starred in The Heart TV show which aired in March 2016 and in a docu-drama Black Wall Street which was released February 2016. Prior to becoming an actress, she was the valedictorian of her high school class, earned her B.A. from Hampton University and M.A. at Regent University.


Organizer and beneficiary

Jamin Anderson
Newport News, VA
Sandra Demetrius

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