SCAD Savannah Film Fest: Jitters Writer, Director & Star Otoja Abit
Actor Otoja Abit had an idea for a short. It was a simple idea that concealed a depth of feeling; what if we got to see a young man, moments before his wedding ceremony, question whether or not he was making the right choice. Abit, who has acted on TV (The Defenders, The Night Of), film (Stonewall), and in theater in New York, wanted to take what he’d learned and make something himself. Jitters is the fruit of his labor, a 12-minute short that played in competition at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, in which Abit’s character struggles with his impending (as in minutes away) wedding.
First-time Filmmaker has ‘Jitters’ at Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
“Jitters” might be the name of Otoja Abit’s film directorial debut, but it’s a notion he shouldn’t be feeling with big names behind his short film. “Jitters” will be shown as part of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Md. The film festival runs Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.
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The existential dread that comes right before a wedding ceremony has been explored through many movies and TV shows. But Jitters provides an unexpected twist at the end while highlighting the complexities of love and identity in a way that feels real and, most importantly, relatable. Director Otoja Abit (who also portrays the film’s unnamed main character) uses dreamlike scenes to revisit past loves, emphasizing the moment when he’s transported back to the present and walking down the aisle to marry his lover. Jitters won the Audience Award for Best Short and considering how well it told its story, it’s not surprising why it won.
The short film Jitters debuted at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami this month. It follows a groom, played by the director Otoja Abit, as he experiences a very long moment of doubt before his nuptials. The best man comes in to chat with him. These two men spend nearly the whole film locked in a room in the back of a church, walking down memory lane.
OTOJA ABIT isn’t a household name yet, but that could change soon.
The debut short from this talented actor/writer/director, with an enormous assist from co-star and mentor Jason Patric, is getting buzz on the festival circuit and screens this week at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.