Category archives: Local

  • The God Given Talent: The Creative Life of Charles Curtis Blackwell

  • 01:10:00 by Jeff M. Giordano in Local (Bay Area) + 25 Miles Charles Curtis Blackwell: the Oakland poet, painter, playwright and teacher -- takes us on an intimate journey into his past and present. From his challenging upbringing in both California and Mississippi, to his current creative life, we follow as he discusses loss, love, pain, and redemption -- all through the prism of his arti[...]
  • A Craftsman

  • 13:25 by Sanford Jenkins in Local (Bay Area) + 25 Miles Overcome with grief, a rural woodworker builds a coffin. Director Biography - Sanford Jenkins Jr. Sanford Jenkins Jr. is a writer and filmmaker, and a graduate of Morehouse College and USC School of Cinematic Arts. His work has screened at Camerimage, Palm Springs, and BlackStar film festivals, has been published by Violet Sum[...]
  • Sarah

  • 13:00 by Charles Anderson in Shorts, Local (Bay Area) In the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, we are not informed of Sarah's reaction to the news that Abraham will sacrifice Isaac to Elohim. Sarah takes place the morning Abraham makes his announcement.
  • GAMERS

  • 9:45 by Kelley Choi in Local (Bay Area) + 25 Miles An amateur female gamer is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for a pro league gaming team, only to be repressed by self-doubt. Director Biography - Searit Huluf Searit Huluf was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She studied at UCLA’s Theater, Film and Television school, concentrating on screenwriting and animation. S[...]
  • Code Switch

  • 7:52 by Alba Roland Mejia in Local (Bay Area) + 25 Miles This film is about a young black man named Amir who is directly impacted by code switching. Amir is so determined to meet these unrealistic standards that he doesn’t even recognize the harm he is causing to himself. 'Code Switch' is about illustrating the psychological damage of hiding who you are. Director Biography - Alba R[...]
  • Strive

  • 01:22:00 by Robert Rippberger in Feature Kalani (Joi Campbell), is a teenager living in Harlem with her older brother Jacob, and her younger sister, Bebe, while her mother struggles to make ends meet. Her college counselor Mr. Rose (Danny Glover) sees great promise in her educational future. As Kalani's siblings get caught in a myriad of hardships, Kalani teeters on the brink of ruin as s[...]
  • Forced

  • 18:50 by Nani Walker in Student Forced is a feature documentary film on three women forced to flee their homes when the dreaded militant group Boko Haram invaded their village in Gwoza, Borno State in northeast Nigeria, and their stories of reconstruction. The women – Ruth, Esther and Saratu – symbolize thousands of girls and women who were abducted, raped and displaced during the decade-long[...]
  • Knockout Game

  • The Knockout Game: A disturbing and Brutal game amongst teens, targeting whites and immigrants in Inner city communities. Gregory wants to play. He wants to get in good with G-Life’s gang. He wants to be accepted and prove that he has heart. But G-Life demands he take the game to its sickest levels, attacking the elderly. His actions opens up a Pandora’s box of violence that will touch every i[...]
  • Pass Interference – The Davone Bess Story

  • African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street) 5:30PM-7PM | In Conjunction with S.F Juneteenth [GET FREE TICKET] Pass Interference – The Davone Bess Story (doc, 57min) by Branson Wright WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAVONE BESS! THIS IS A FREE EVENT! African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street) 5:30PM-7:00PM | In Conjunction with S.F Juneteenth Pas[...]
  • Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor

  • Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor (doc, 14min) by Jackie Wright –Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, The Wright siblings honor Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. (who died as an honor guard for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara early in the Vietnam War) and ‘the wife of his youth,’ Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a[...]
  • Oakland in Blue: A Short Film

  • African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street) 2PM-4PM [BUY TICKET] Oakland in Blue: A Short Film (short, 24min) by Robbin Rae – Kennedy, a recent college graduate, returns home to Oakland, CA to be manager for local rap artist Marcus. Their struggle to launch a successful independent record label without compromising their integrity is conflicted by the temptation of ‘[...]
  • IN AN IDEAL WORLD

  • FREE* FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED* Saturday. 2nd Act. 6pm IN AN IDEAL WORLD (83m, U S A) dir. by Noel Schwerin Direct from the frontlines of America's locked down racial system, follow three men over seven years inside one California prison. Their stories expose--and honor--the human drama at its core, revealing the institutional nature of racial hierarchies, and the hope and hidde[...]