Redondo Beach, CA – September 22, 2020 – After his popular stints as an actor, leading SAG-AFTRA star Justice Gamble has recently forayed into directing and is winning hearts in the new role too. His latest short film, “Wow”, has already been selected as a finalist in the elite 15th annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival. The film is written by Gamble and the NCIS-star is also the co-director of the movie with Alex Benjamin.
The Peachtree Village International Film Festival is one of the most esteemed award shows in the USA. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the event and would be hosted virtually from October 29-November 1, 2020.
“It’s a great moment for us to announce that our new short film ‘Wow’ has been selected as a finalist in the 15th annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival. PVIFF is one of the most prestigious award shows of our industry and to secure a berth in the nomination category here is something really special for our whole team. We are grateful to PVIFF for bestowing us with this great honor”, stated Gamble.
“Wow” revolves round the story of a little black boy Chance. Orphaned at a tender age, he goes through a traumatic childhood where he only faces abuse and unpleasant experiences while he travels from one foster home to another. Finally, one day, fate smiles at him and he meets Ms. Woods. A very caring woman, Woods takes an instant liking to the little boy and welcomes him permanently in her life.
The plot takes a new turn when Ms. Woods lands up with a live-in housekeeping job for a rich man who owns a mesmerizing ranch. And this is where, Chance meets Michelle, the lovely daughter of the rich ranch man. Truly experiencing “love at first sight,” Chance’s adoration for Michelle only grows as they become adults.
“I wrote ‘Wow’ based off some experiences in my life and the amazing people around me. I hope you can watch and relate even though this film clearly does not fit the commercially-accepted black tropes: drugs, impoverished neighbourhoods, violence, dysfunctional relationships etc…”
Justice Gamble himself plays the role of adult Chance while Lauren Hubbard portrays the role of adult Michelle Waters. The role of Ms. Woods is donned by Vivia E. Armstrong.
About the directors:
Based in L.A., Justice Gamble hails from a mixed-ethnicity (Black & Asian) background who grew up among R&B/Hip-Hop, Lakers, anime, manga, sci-fi novels and sour candy. A popular SAG-AFTRA actor, he is well-known for his stints in several famous TV shows, including Animal Kingdom (TNT), NCIS (CBS), Game Shakers (Nickelodeon), Teachers (TV Land), Days of Our Lives (NBC), Castle (ABC), and Everybody Hates Chris (CW).
Born and raised in Stockton, California, Alex is an actor, director and martial arts athlete. It was his strong devotion to martial arts, coupled with his active imagination, that brought him to the acting space. Alex’s practice allowed him to translate his skills to film and channel his creative energy into visual form. He currently resides in Los Angeles California.