Set in the urban jungle of Compton, CA in the early ’00s, LiME tells the story of Deshawn, a young man who discovers how hard it is to live in his truth after experiencing the bitterness of the real world. He has a choice, to conform to societal norms, or….be the  sweet amongst the sour.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast

Written and Directed by Dawn Storey
Producer: Dawn Storey
Producer: Maritta Kachele
Producer: Tiffany Michelle

Urian Ross
Alana Barton
TaRhea Ray
Melanie Imani
Chaiyia Taylor-Jackson
Alexis Aguirre
Jhou’Quan Glenn
and Ingrid Palomo

Director of Photography: Christian Colwell
Editor: Josh Whitaker
Assistant Director: Christian Colwell
Assistant Camera: Austin Hughes
Set/Production Sound: Andrés Acosta
Score: Thomas Jones

Filmed on location in Compton, California.

The story behind the film

Dawn Storey hails from the mean streets of Compton, California, but they weren’t as mean as you think. Growing up the oldest of six children in a single-parent household, they had no choice but to flex their creative muscles to entertain a modest household. Dawn grew up with a natural love of acting, films and telling stories. Spike Lee’s Clockers, and F. Gary Gray’s ·set It Off” were two of the films that inspired Dawn to sit down and write his first short story. Their love for film introduced them to the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven, and Martin Scorsese. During high school, they experienced a slight shift in focus from writing to the performing arts. In High school and College Dawn took several acting classes that enhanced their love for the art of storytelling. Instead of segregating their love for acting, writing and directing, they choose to helm the title of Storyteller. As a nonbinary black queer human, Dawn wants to tell stories that start conversations that add to the narrative that we all matter. Through storytelling, they believe they can change the world.


Genre: Drama / LGBTQ
Country: USA
Language: English
Length in minutes: 11
YEAR: 2020