Category archives: 2013

  • What About Us? (18m, U S A) dir. by Deatra Harris

  • What About Us? Trailer from Bryan Johnson on Vimeo. “What About Us?” is a film about the abduction of two little girls, one the daughter of a superstar athlete and the other the daughter of a middle-class business man. One of these families is provided with unlimited resources and support, while the other family struggles to be heard. Will they simply accept societies criteria of whose chi[...]
  • The Tokens (15m, U S A) dir. by WELDON POWERS

  • Ryan, a privileged young black man, returns home to Atlanta for the Christmas holiday to reunite with his group of all-white friends from high school. Upon his arrival, he realizes that his friends have 'replaced' him with Oliver, a charming and handsome young black man that is also a bit more 'hood' than Ryan. Tensions between the two 'tokens' build into an unforgettable and uncomfortable nig[...]
  • Breezewood (7m, U S A) sub. by Jonathan Tazewell

  • Frieda Brown and her parents are headed to Virginia Beach for vacation. Frieda is thrilled that a stop in Breezewood, PA for the night may give her a chance to swim in the motel pool. Unbeknown to her, this is the last stop north of the Mason Dixon line where they can find an easy place to stop. Frieda meets a boy, Freddy Crowley, a boy from Georgia who is traveling with his family on the wa[...]
  • Brown Babies, Dir. Michaela Kirst (30m /60m) - German

  • SATURDAY :  5pm - S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking: BROWN BABIES - 925 Mission Street Suite 108, (5th and Mission) SUNDAY, JUNE 16-FATHER'S DAY! San Francisco Black Film Festival Father's Day Celebration at the California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco 94107, in the Potrero Hill Neighborhood.  Special Thanks to Supervisor Malia Cohen for her assistance with securing [...]
  • Against the Grain (127M, USA) DIR by Elias Mael

  • An inner-city kid goes to college in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon one day. Award-winning screenwriter and former Laney Student, Elias G. Mael was tired of played-out Hollywood stories in which disadvantaged inner-city youth made it out of poverty by succeeding in sports or entertainment. He wanted to tell a different story, and he has done that with his new film “Against the Grain[...]
  • American Beatboxer - Sunday 16, 2013 - BooM BooM RooM

  • American Beatboxer – Synopsis On July 31, 2010, in Brooklyn, New York, the first ever American Beatbox Championship took place. Beatboxers and beatbox fans from all over the world converged at Littlefield, Performance and Art space, in Brooklyn, New York to witness and participate in this historical event. Contestants of all races, from the north, south, east and west of the United Stat[...]
  • Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

  • From the beginning of her life to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011—not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her receipt of the 2011 GRAMMY® for Best New Artist was unprecedented—the first time a jazz musician had won the award— but Spalding contin[...]
  • The Black Fatherhood Project (74m, U S A) dir. by Jordan Thierry

  • First-time filmmaker Jordan Thierry offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, he traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much more complex and profound than is often told. Putting that history into perspective is a dialogue among fathers discussing the[...]
  • "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp"

  • "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp", examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, [...]