Sanicole Young is a brilliant, creative, and humble artist achieving amazingly well in filmmaking and I’m not just saying that because she’s from my hometown. She was born, raised and educated on Chicago’s Southside and received a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video at Columbia College Chicago; the top arts college in the Midwest. (If I do say so myself). Her latest film project ‘Training Wheels’ is on the rise, as it tells the story of an incredibly gifted little girl named Amari who uses her telepathic powers to bring her wayward father home. “I wanted to show a father who is trying in the film”, she says. She also wants to encourage fathers to keep their children in mind when they make decisions in life because they never know how it will affect them. Sanicole drew inspiration from the relationship with her own father, a loving man who, like Ray, found himself present, yet absent while wrapped up in his own world.
As writer/director of the film she sought to acquire the perfect people to help her tell the story. Duron Powell, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Zuri McPhearson and Messiah Equiano make up the amazing cast and join the crew to share a strong list of credits and star-quality, intensifying anticipation for such a timely and thoughtful piece. Sanicole has received an incredible response from supporters all over the world and surpassed her $5,000 goal in her Indiegogo campaign with more than 60 backers. It’s even caught the attention of comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery as Executive Producer, who is also from Chicago and known for the box-office-hit Get Out and the NBC series ‘The Carmichael Show’
You may have seen Sanicole’s recent film projects The City Hates Us on Youtube and Side Effects on Amazon Prime or Xfinity. She unapologetically loves the city of Chicago and takes pride in capturing it’s raw essence in all of her films. “I’m proud of where I come from because the city has shaped me in so many ways. I like to highlight places that are overlooked in the mainstream”, says Young.
While the film is headed for its debut among major film festivals, you can check out the trailer and make a donation toward Sanicole’s campaign. Follow her on social media to stay in tune with her amazing journey.
Check out the ‘Training Wheels’ trailer on Youtube
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