the fish don't care When It Rains

a feature documentary

Diving into a world of torment, autistic artist Jen Msumba shows us what the simple life of a fish can teach us about accepting our circumstances. With grit, strength, humor and grace, Jen navigates a life of institutionalization in America- turning the tides and defying even her own expectations.


 

tony armer

producer

Tony Armer is the Head of Physical Production for Talon Entertainment Finance. He was the Film Commissioner in Dallas, TX and St. Pete Clearwater, FL from 2014-2024. He is the Co-Founder of Film USA, the National Association of Film Commissions for the United States. He is an Award Winning Filmmaker.  He is the Co-Founder of the internationally acclaimed Sunscreen Film Festival.  Tony has developed, produced and directed top-level award-winning film, TV, and media content over the years.  Concept development, writing, pitching, financing, production, sales, and distribution.

Brittany Phillips

Director

Brittany Phillips is a Producer at Publix Super Markets, Inc. She has eight years of experience producing and directing brand/commercial work, managing production needs and content creation. She has experience at both agency and corporate levels. Brittany has also expanded her skills in the narrative world, producing award winning short films. In 2022, Brittany wrote, produced and directed her own short film, Amalia. It was accepted into the Sunscreen Festival earlier this year. Brittany is a storyteller at heart. Her mission as a filmmaker is to make the audience feel, because she believes those are the stories people remember the most. Overseeing a project from start to finish, ensuring the message of the story is conveyed to the audience, is what Brittany strives for as a Producer. 

Austin and Hailey Spicer

Director of photography

Austin and Hailey Spicer, acclaimed directors hailing from Tampa, FL, are celebrated for their visionary storytelling and immersive cinematic style. Their debut feature, "I Feel Fine," made a significant impact, earning critical acclaim and festival accolades. With a diverse portfolio spanning gripping dramas to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, the Spicers consistently push the boundaries of cinematic storytelling. Known for their ability to evoke raw emotions and craft unforgettable experiences, the couple's star continues to rise, supported by numerous prestigious industry awards and a dedicated fan base eagerly anticipating their next project.

Imposter Syndrome Is Real? 

 

I am making a feature film. Yes. If you've been with me for a while, you might remember my short film, The Fish Don't Care When It Rains which won Best Film in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge in 2020.

Well, Adobe has granted me a grant to turn that short film into a feature film. I'm both excited and terrified. 

We start filming in August, and the story's going to go much more in depth into my life, my past, especially the things I went through, and then how I overcame those things. It's going to be a documentary, but filmed in a narrative style. So it will look like a regular movie. And I have my crew set up.

But also, I've got to say something. I've got imposter syndrome. Now I used to think, "Imposter syndrome, phooey! What is that? There's no such thing." Well, I've come to the occlusion that there is. Because lately I found myself saying even out loud, "Who am I to be making a feature film?" And it kind of still is that question: "Who am I to be making a feature film?"

So I talked to my producer, Tony Armer, who is a good friend and mentor. And he told me that everybody gets nervous when they take on a task like this. But if we don't try, then we'll never get it. He said failure is a fear, but the worst that can happen is that it just doesn't happen. He said it much more eloquently, but I am thinking that to myself. He said, "Take it small steps at a time. It's a very big thing to take on, but take it small steps at a time." So that's what I'm going to do.

My director, Brittany Phillips, is awesome. We're working on a pitch deck right now. And if you'd like to keep up with what's happening, I will post a lot of content here on Instagram. But I also have this webpage dedicated to the film if you'd like to see blog posts, interviews and behind-the-scenes photos. I'll be sharing more as we go along.

Sometimes people ask me what it's like to have gone through what happened there. But, it's a part of my life and I'm in it, so I don't know anything else but my life. Just like fish. They're already in the water, so they don't care when it rains. They're already wet. I just kept swimming.” - Jen Msumba