Category archives: Local

  • 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[...]
  • Out in the Night

  • Saturday. SECOND ACT. (HAIGHT STREET). 8pm Out in the Night Blair Dorosh-Walther   A lifetime demanding self-defense. One night they fought back. One hot night in August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends are harassed in a gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They defend themselves and a fight ensues. Charged with gang assault and labeled a “Lesbian [...]
  • Moses

  • Saturday. 2nd Act. 1pm by Uzoma Okoro Author of the acclaimed novel, “The Cocaine Saints,” (www.thecocainesaints. com) Uzoma Okoro, has his own origins in Nigeria where many of his family lived through the horrors of the Nigerian Civil War, a war so awful and merciless, it could only be classified as genocidal. During this war—a war his father fought in as a teenage boy—every safety an[...]
  • Pull Your Pants Up

  • Sunday A.A.A.C.C. (Buriel Clay Theater) 12pm Written, produced and  directed by Tracy Jenkins Part One of the Food for Thought Series: PULL YOUR PANTS UP!! Educator and humanitarian Tracy Jenkins articulates his views on sagging pants, the style of dress defined by the Urban Dictionary as: Hip-hop and gangster cultural fashion: Wearing one's pants below the level of the waist, some[...]
  • Three Men and a Laptop Pt 2

  • Saturday. 2nd Act. 3:15pm Filmmaker: Sandra Smith Running Time -  56 min Leah finally finds a way to look for Mr. Right, if she can’t find the man of her dreams in her reality than maybe she can find him in cyber space.  There is no support from her three best girl friends who are looking for love of their own, one being a man eating agent, one waiting patiently on God, and the other isn’[...]
  • CHAINWHEEL

  • Directed by: Sean Tambour Marshall Nyssa, a young Black woman returns to the United States from Africa with wisdom and knowledge gained from traditional African Elders. She shares this insight with her cousin James, and dissects Western culture, while reconnecting to Indigenous African core cultures. Features an epic bicycle journey throughout San Francisco that highlights the socio-economic cl[...]
  • Til' Infinty - SOULS of MISCHIEF

  •  Director Shomari Smith The trailer/teaser for the documentary about the Souls of Mischief's album 93 'Til Infinity offers  a nice taste of what's to come with the 2013 release of this in-depth documentary on the famed Hieroglyphics crew's landmark 1993 debut album. "I've conducted over 50 interviews with notable emcees, producers and DJs for this project," said Oakland filmmaker/lifelong So[...]
  • Balancing Act

  • Submitted by: Kristine Stolakis Balancing Act tells the story of DeMarcello Funes, a 22-year-old emerging circus performer. But Funes is no ordinary clown: he teaches a forgotten history of African American performance and its ties to the circus arts. A circus artist brings to life a forgotten history of African American performance.Growing up, fellow students bullied Funes for being m[...]
  • 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[...]