Two Distant Strangers won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Live Action short film at the 93rd Academy Awards (2021).
In Two Distant Strangers, cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again. Now streaming on Netflix.
The film stars rapper Joey Bada$$, Andrew Howard, and Zaria.
Written by Travon Free
Directed by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe.
Producers: Lawrence Bender, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chris Uettwiller, and Jesse Williams.
Executive Producers include Adam McKay, NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Mike Conley, Samir Hernandez, Nicholas Maye, Mickey Meyer, Michael Novogratz, Gigi Pritzker, Tina Exarhos, Rich Kleiman, Athan Stephanopoulos, and Van Lathan Jr.
Co-Producers: Nick Frew, Mike Shafia, Nicholas Veneroso
The score was composed by James Poyser (The Roots) and features songs by Jill Scott and Bruce Hornsby.
Cinematography by Jessica Young
Edited by Alex Odesmith
Andrew was credited as Supervising Producer. As Head of Production for the production company Dirty Robber and a hands-on producer on the film, Andrew was involved in development, prep, production, post, and delivery, reporting directly to the Producers. Responsibilities included drafting the budget, cost reporting, and creating a COVID safety plan to ensure the health of the cast and crew, and earning SAG's permission to proceed in light of the then-discouraged close contact scenes. (The production filmed for five days in September 2020.) Other duties included setting up and executing legal contracts for talent, crew, vendors, and investors, and tracking the funding operations for this independently-financed film. Andrew supervised delivery to Netflix on a tight timeline, as the film was acquired for a near-immediate release after receiving the nomination for an Academy Award.
Full credits on IMDB
A sample of press coverage:
New York Times / Oscar Nominated Shorts