Words by Andy Phillips

A young man with a stutter sits writing in a spoken-word cafe. Then, he gets called on stage.

William is a quiet young professional with a secret life: he hangs out in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, immersing himself in the city’s spoken word scene.

William longs to share his own poetry and self-expression, but one thing stands in his way: his stutter, and parental pressure to choose a different path for himself.

But with the help of some of his friends, William tries to find the courage to speak up, share his gifts and carve out his own path in life.

Director Andy Phillips filmed this short drama on location in the vibrant, gritty arts scene in New Orleans, capturing a vital slice of American life with affection and authenticity.

Intertwining with poetry, stuttering and the journey of self-discovery, “Words” offers inspiration to anyone summoning the courage to tell their story — and finding community with their honesty and openness.

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