The film, which was also awarded special jury recognition for visionary storytelling at SXSW 2021, will premiere as a part of Op-Docs, media company’s series of short documentaries by independent filmmakers. “At the heart of ‘Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma’ is a desire for preservation,” Jones said. “We found joy in uncovering new creative ways to archive moments in a single life that could speak to the spirit of many lives. We’re honored to partner with an historic institution like The Times to present this raw, unconventional exploration of thought and memory as a record of Black Americans’ complex relationship to identity in the early aughts. May it inspire and make others feel seen in their own self discovery for generations to come.”
"The Shawshank Redemption." When Andy goes to the library to begin work as Brooks' assistant and Brooks' crow, Jake, is squawking, Tim Robbins had to time his line, "Hey, Jake. Where's Brooks?" so that the crow wouldn't squawk over him, since the bird could not be trained to squawk on cue. Robbins was able to adapt to this and time his line perfectly by learning the bird's squawking patterns, for which Writer and Director Frank Darabont praised him. Robbins' improvisation is noticeable, as he watches the bird carefully while approaching it, waiting for it to squawk, and doesn't begin his line until after it does so.
“We often think that in creating this work, we created a three dimensional object in a two dimensional space — an attempt at a Topaz-shaped hologram, for people that love him by people that love him,” Rubberband added. “In that way, this film was the effort of a village of people that believed in the portrait we painted of Topaz and how we went about creating it. We keep talking about bringing the film home — we genuinely believe there are physical cities and places in this world where this film belongs. Little nooks and crannies carved out in them where ‘Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma’ fits. Like Chicago. And Montclair. And eighth grade classrooms. And hot ass summer days, full of sweat.”
The Matrix Code Comes From Sushi. Those complex-looking green digits scrolling down the screen in The Matrix may look like mysterious code, but in fact they were symbols from a sushi cookbook, scanned by the movie’s production designer.
“We are excited to release this boundary-pushing short film on The Times’ digital and mobile platforms,” said Christine Kecher, senior commissioning editor of Op-Docs. “Op-Docs has followed the film’s journey since it premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and we are thrilled to partner with the filmmakers to share this incredible work of visual and musical imagination with audiences around the world.” “Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma” was produced by Smuggler in association with Frenzy Paris, BWGTBLD GmbH and Section 80. Luigi Rossi served as producer with Kevin Storey executive producing, creative direction by Eric J. McNeal and cinematography by Chayse Irvin. Adam Ellick executive produces Op-Docs.
"Schindler's List." To gather costumes for 20,000 extras, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes. As economic conditions were poor in Poland, many people were eager to sell clothing they still owned from the 1930s and '40s.
"It." The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things (2016), which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King.