Official Selections 2017

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Color Blues (short, 8min) – by David Hebrero

1955. A writer meets his most famous creation for some unexpected news: change her from Black to White


Cut My Hair Barber (short, 24min) – by Patrick Thomas

Alexander is a good kid who believes his father to be deceased. This causes him to daydream often about the father he never knew. He lives with his mother, Saundra, a hard-working single-parent. A class-assignment prompts Kwame to pester Saundra about his father. At first she resists and Kwame isn’t sure what to do. His best friends, Kenny and Kaya, encourage him to keep at it and Kwame persists until Saundra reveals his father, Levi, is alive. This changes Kwame’s life forever


Afro.Germany (doc, 52min) by Axel Primavesi –


The Luck Specials (fea, 111min) by Rea Rangaka –

The Lucky Specials are a small-time cover band in a dusty mining town in southern Africa. Mandla (Oros Mampofu) works as a miner by day, but is passionate about playing guitar and dreams of making it big in the music industry. When tragedy strikes, Mandla, his friend (Sivenathi Mabuya) and the band must find the strength to make their dreams reality. “The Lucky Specials” is slated to entertain millions while also helping to shape attitudes and inform behaviors around tuberculosis.


The Mixtape: Stay Black Baby (shorts, 20min) by Jasmine Callis –

Capturing an exhilarating reflection on Black America, The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby! is a complex portrait of black youth, black art, black voices, black struggle and black empowerment.

Poetically, each scene elaborates on current issues within the black community–issues that must be recognized for change to encourage growth. Musically driven, The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby! arrives at a very important time in America and is only present to self-reflect and prosper.


Blackface (student, 11min) by Shanrica Evans  –

Blackface/minstrel actor Henry Roberts becomes the victim of a hate crime in his small southern town due to a tragic case of mistaken identity.


Mariner (short, 21min) by Thyrone Tommy–

A young, marine navigation student, suffers intense anxiety during his final exams, when an incident from his past return to both haunt and help him.


Atone (short, 24min) by Damon L. Smith –

A respected pastor and inner city community leader is pressed to come clean by a spiritual traveler, about a crime he’s committed and hidden for decades.


A Meditation (short, 16min) by Joe Petricca –

A man who is a little lost finds himself connecting with a surprising woman who shows up to buy the DVR he is selling on Craigslist.


Pseudo (short, 8min) The Turner Brothers (Julien & Justen Turner) –

Pseudo is a short film that contrasts the parallel experiences and outcomes of two unrelated chance encounters for two male teenagers. Given the tense social climate in America today, this short strives to offer a unique perspective on how the wrongdoings of a few can taint the representation of whole groups in America and lead to prejudiced views that way too often harm the innocent. To see through the eyes of another requires each one of us to challenge what we have been conditioned to see. Will we take on the challenge?


Tom Freeman of the North (short, 19min) by Mo Rabbani –

A young black Harlemite named Tom, who interns at a start-up that just opened up in his neighborhood, is invited to his boss’s housewarming party off of Malcolm X Boulevard. While Tom is looking forward to use this opportunity to move up the ranks by gifting his boss with a jar of artisanal mayonnaise, his brother, Desean, sees this party as symbol for the rapid gentrification of Harlem and the oppression of his people. Struggling to find a common ground between moving up and doing what’s right, the two brothers go to the party only to discover that artisanal mayonnaise isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.


 

See You Yesterday (student, 15min) by Stefon Bristol –

Presented by Spike Lee, two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas – determined to outwit fate and role-play as God – build make-shift time machines to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.


 

Lawman (student, 14min) by Kahlilah Robinson –

1875, Indian Territory.

Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head.

When Bass charges into the desert, he engages in a shootout with two outlaws, Maha and Glen Huddleston, also African-American. Bass kills Maha in the gunfight, and arrests Glen, ordering him to carry Maha’s body across the desert back to Fort Smith.

Over the course of their journey, Glen questions Bass’ choice of career and tries to psych Bass out in an unorthodox attempt at escape, a tactic that works as Bass begins to question his own mind in regards to the idea of justice and choosing to fight for a law and a country that may never fight for him.


My Name Is Lamar (short, 8min ) by Dale E. Turner –


Sofie (short, 15min) by Ella Jane New –

Sofie is 17-years-old and deaf from birth. One friday evening she is left alone to care for her Mother while her Father works a night shift. Sofie drifts in a timeless place somewhere between youthfulness and stark reality. When Sofie receives a text from her friend Luis, she breaks away from her responsibility and sneaks out to meet him.
Sofie and Luis delve into a night of experimentation; Luis’s friendship and peculiar strength cause Sofie to question her own motivations as she begins to struggle with feelings she’s never experienced before.
This is a coming of age story at once unique and entirely familiar.


Dem Dem! (short, 25min) by Christophe Rolin –

Matar, a Senegalese fisherman, finds a Belgian passport on a beach in Dakar. He decides to use it.

He crosses paths with N’Zibou a crazy wise man who measures the clouds. He questions Matar about his search for identity.

One day, Matar disappears.


KOJO: A Short Documentary (youth 12, 14min) by Michael Fequiere

KOJO is a short documentary on gifted twelve year old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. In this candid interview, Kojo reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of Jazz music, learning from his mentor and father, Jazz saxophonist Antoine Roney and much more. Kojo’s charisma, sensibility, and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills and for the first time in this documentary he shares it with you.


“Project BayGanda” (doc, 61min) by Mantaigne Massac –

“Project BayGanda” is a documentary about Bay Area fashion designer Erica Varize’s ( “Evarize” ) 10 plus year youth program the “Sew What Sewing Camp”. The film details her humble beginnings, and how she merged her passion for fashion with her passion for youth development. The documentary shows her journey bringing the “Sew What Sewing Camp” to Uganda, Africa (from the Bay Area, California) for the first time.


We Love Moses (short, 16min) by Dionne Edwards –

When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.


 

The Servant (ani, 9min) by Farnoosh Abedi –

A bug became servant, servant became master


“Blaxploitalian” – 100 Years of… (doc, 60min) by Fred Kuwornu –

“Blaxploitalian” is a diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItalian cleverly discloses the personal struggles classic Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors faced, correlating it with the contemporary actors who work diligently to find respectable and significant roles. More than an unveiling of history, it is a call-to-action for increased diversity and esteem in international cinema.


Black Christmas (short, 6min) by Susan Davis


White Face (short, 21min) by Mtume Gant

New York Actor Charles Rogers hates his skin and all that hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems – change his appearance to embody ‘Whiteness’ – erase all that he has ever been and join the group he’s believes he should be a part of. But is this ever possible?


SALTZ (short, 17min) by Dominique McClellan

SALTZ is an experimental horror narrative that intercuts footage from two different casts of actors. Frankie (Dominique McClellan and Andrew Vogel) enlists his recovering drug addict younger brother, Mike (Brian Egland & Stephen Stanley), to smuggle a load of a new designer drug into Louisiana. As Frankie struggles to keep Mike sober, Mike’s addictive drive reaches monstrous proportions.


Last Stop (short, 25min) by Prentice Dupins –

Last Stop is the story of Benjamin Wilson, a young African American male and his struggle to go on living. A veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Benjamin has given up on life and his family. He seeks solace in the family cemetery as he gathers the courage to end his life. As he pours out his despair and a bottle of whiskey in tribute to friends and beloved family members, Benjamin finds himself inexplicably transported back to 1860. He now must fight to survive the night as a runaway slave.


House of Saints (short, 15min) by Gerry Melendez –

Jazz great John Coltrane once said he longed to become a Saint. Reggie Scott has thought about that response for 50 years. Scott’s tale is one of fortune and famine. As a child living in the Harriett M. Cornwell Tourist Home, a historically celebrated house in Columbia, South Carolina, Scott was surrounded by educators including his aunt, Harriett, “Mae Mae” Cornwell. It was there that Reggie dreamed of a life as a musician. But in a family of doctors and educators his path had been laid out for him. Scott would become a successful dentist. He had it all, but one night of excess and vice ended in him committing murder. Reggie Scott would go on to spend 32 years in some of the toughest prisons in California.
The story could end there, but Scott survived and served his sentence, making his way back to the home that he says was calling for him. His “House of Saints,” where today he honors those that raised him, protected him and continue to guide him. All with the help of “Saint” Coltrane and his jazz music. Reggie’s new life is one of doing what he’s always loved best. Play music. And to listen when the spirits guide him to do right as he continues to bring life back to the house he grew up in.


Boston2Philly (feat, 124min) by Ralph Celestin –

Boston2Philly is a coming-of-age independent drama that chronicles the life of Rome “Boston” Williams (Ralph A.), a young Black male from Boston, struggling with his identity and his ability to form real relationships in his new city of Philadelphia after a tragic accident takes the lives of his family.

Set on a fictional Philadelphia University campus, Rome encounters Professor Balan who challenges his freshmen class to develop a deeper relationship with their “inner selves,” along with connecting on a more personal level with their peers.

Through an exploration of each other’s histories, the group of diverse freshman slowly becomes a cohesive group, initially bonded by an assignment, but glued by their shared fears, hopes, and dreams. Both melodramatic and comedic, poignant and enlightening, through the personal journeys of the students, Boston2Philly reminds us all that sometimes the first step to true success comes from understanding who you were, who you are, and where you are going.


Hit A Lick (feat, 80min) by Swirl Films –

Falicia left home at the age of sixteen, hoping to make a better life than the one she’d left behind. Becoming an exotic dancer seemed like a harmless way to make money so that she could save and begin a new career. It didn’t take but a few weeks for her to get swept up in the glitz of quick cash and easy money. Keeping to her morals, she refused to sleep with her clients, though often encouraged by her co-worker girlfriends. The money came quick enough and she was happy with her take in. It was enough to take care of her and her son. However, one night after meeting Mike, everything in her life changed.


The Lowrider Tradition (student, 19min) by Dante K –

Short documentary about the history of the lowrider tradition in the Hispanic and Black communities in California.


Print Shop (short,) by Christian Nolan Jones –

A young aspiring fashion designer from North Philadelphia, creates “Rest in Peace” t-shirts to honor slain victims of violence in his community.


HAIRAT (African, 7min) by Jessica Beshir –

One man’s nightly ritual brings solace to the lovelorn of Harar.


Rolling In The Deep (short, 12min) by Marcellus Cox –

A Young African American Male travels home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner.


REPAIRations (short, 15min) by Courtney Miller –

REPAIRations! is a story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. It follows the story of a man named Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860’s), end of segregation (1960’s), and President Obama’s inauguration in 2008. Through song and dance, we see how Isaac navigates through an ever changing America as he discovers what he needs to do to get his slice of the “American Pie”

 

#VICTIM 505 (short, 9min) by Antwon Rollins –

Mr. McBride continues to suffer from horrible dreams and nightmares. Mr. McBride tries to fight his inner demons that leads him on a bloody killing spree to avenge the death of his parents . .Now regretful of the killings Mr. McBride dwells in the basement of the home he was raised in and every time he sleeps he is reminded of what he has done.


August Beach (youth, 10min) by Leyah Barris –

August Beach tackles the dreams and obstacles of African-American youth in the modern age.


Abina and the Important Men (ani, 60min) by Soumyaa Behrens –

Trevor Getz and Liz Clark’s graphic novel about a young woman who fights for her freedom in the courts of Africa’s gold coast in the late 1800’s comes to life in an animated feature produced by the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University.

The novel won the James Harvey Robinson prize in 2014.


Am Still Here (fea, 104min) by Stephanie Bell –
I AM STILL HERE is the story of 10-year old Layla, who was stolen from her family and thrown into America’s child sex industry. Stories of courage drawn from interviews with trafficking survivors are the foundation for the fictionalized account of Layla’s journey as she confronts the monsters of her past and embraces the hope of her future.


Inventory (narrative, 7min) by Trevor Hansford –


Live a Little (fea, 74min) by David Jaffe –
After a drunken night ending in a fight, a man wakes up to find that a murder was committed and that he may be responsible.


Galamsey (short, 18min) by Lucy LP –
Short synopsis – Adama, Moussa and Zeba are illegal gold miners living a dark and dangerous life in a makeshift mining town in Kombassa, Burkina Faso. Obsessed by quick money and hooked on drugs and drink, they live each day at a time with no care or plan for the future. In the midst of a global gold rush, they stumble upon something that will change their lives, driving them deeper into the dark side of illegal gold mining


The Letter Carrier (short, 14min) by Melissa Kyle –
1860. A dark fairytale folklore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The story of a boy and his family hidden from slavery and a parent’s will to protect their freedom at all costs…


Amerika (short, 14min) by Mackenzie Gruer –
A portrait of two parents and their 8-year-old son struggling against the harsh realities of inner-city life in an alternate version of modern day America.


On Time (student, 8min) by Xavier Neal-Burgin –

Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she’s late for her job interview.

On Time is a proof of concept piece from the larger feature script, Rough Around The Edges, which made it past the 1st round of The Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. The script follows Renee Johnson’s larger arc through the loss of her child, juvenile dependency court, and gaining back her daughter.


Cream (student, 15min) by Palesa Lebona –
A 1960’s period piece set in Oakland California centred around a 12 year-old, dark-skinned girl who is torn between her own personal identity ,and seeking the love and affection from her light-skinned grandmother.


Angela’s Sacred Heart (short, 25min) by G.G Williams –
A naive young woman moves to the big city and falls prey to a violent attack that turns her life upside down. .


Super Chef (student, 11min) by Rochelle Rose –
Afflicted with food allergies, a young nerd concocts an imaginary hero, Super Chef, to help him conquer GMOs…and his loneliness at a flavorless summer camp.


Oakville (fea, 52min) by Ron Reed –

Rey’Shawn, born to an absent father, prostitute mother, and raised by a drug dealer in West Oakland, becomes inducted into a life of drug dealing and gang warfare with his older brother Demaray and struggles fighting his way out of Oakland’s cycle of violence.


One Drop of Love (doc, 67min) by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni –
WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – ROXBURY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
One Drop of Love is the feature film of a multimedia solo performance by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni.
Produced by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, this extraordinary one-woman show incorporates filmed images, photographs and animation to tell the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the United States and how it affects our most intimate relationships. A moving memoir, One Drop takes audiences from the 1700s to the present, to cities all over the U.S. and to West and East Africa, where the narrator and her family spent time in search of their ‘racial’ roots.
The ultimate goal of the show is to encourage everyone to discuss ‘race’ and racism openly and critically.


Grandma’s House (fea, 96min) by Jade Umbrella –
Based on the true story of Kimberley T. Zulkowski’s Grandmother, Margie Ree Harris. ‘Grandma’s House’ gives a compelling insight into how the Executive Producer’s life changed when she moved into her Grandmother’s home, and their generations became one under the same roof. Chock-full of passion, Faith, and Family, the Film demonstrates the trials and tribulations she faced living with a Grandparent who stood as an inner-city Matriarch and Pillar of Strength to selflessly serve her Family and surrounding community.


Blackface (student, 7min) by Malcolm Baity –
After arriving late to his minstrel show performance, Paul, a black actor, gets a surprise visit from his estranged father. Though he wants to run, his acting partner Willie convinces him to stay. What happens on stage surprises everyone.


Not Black Enough (doc, 82min) by Tracey Anarella –
Not Black Enough is a film about class warfare and the cross-tides that African-Americans are dealing with within the black community. The film takes a sometimes humorous, always personal, brutally honest and insightful look into a seldom-explored phenomenon that is pervasive in the black culture- The ostracizing of blacks for being Not Black Enough. Not Black Enough, a feature length documentary, will explore the reasons behind this practice of fear and loathing internal to the black community.


Bluey (short, 14m) by Darlene Johnson –

Bluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence, meets a mystery mentor who could change everything. Bluey is a story of courage, heart and the fight for survival.


Black Chicks (short, 13min) by Neil Labute –

“a man and a woman. one white, one black. what could possibly go wrong?”


The Man Who Feared (short, 8min) by Jehnovah Carlisle –

A young white urban professional has moved into his newly acquired home in a predominantly black neighborhood; his attempts to remain inconspicuous finally runs its course after a misread encounter with a fellow community member.


Trash Bags (short, 8min) by Diante Singley

A couple reflects on the degradation of their relationship.


Full Service (short, 16min) by KPage Stuart Valdes –

Abike, a Nigerian born oil industry executive and a Christian, is driving to a friend’s country house when she realizes her tank is needling towards empty. She pulls into the only station she can find where she is greeted by Scott, a local who inherited his business from his grandfather. Scott has never met anyone like Abike, which leads him to make a stream of assumptions about her based on stereotypes and unexamined racial biases. When Abike challenges him, with a mixture of bold humor and equally bold gravitas, he is left to ponder their commonalties and her power. Full Service explores the effects of globalization on local economies and culture, our propensity to stereotype others, and the fact that we are all more complex than we seem.


All of Me (short, 14min) by Daphne Schmon –

Viv, a talented musician, faces late stage Leukemia that threatens the life she’s built. Her best hope is a bone marrow transplant from her estranged family, but reconnecting means confronting a difficult past.


#Pride (LGBT, 4min) by Louisa Bertman –

Growing up surrounded by homophobia.


Inamorata [20min] (short, 20min) by A-lan Holt –

A clairvoyant woman finds something unexpected during an intimate encounter with her fiancé’s lover.


Search Party (short, 9min) by Tesia Joy Walker –

A mother throwing a surprise party for her son in the Harlem Grant Housing projects, has her celebration interrupted by uninvited guests.


Seven Dates With Death (short, 9min) by Mike Holland –

The story of Moreese Bickham, the oldest living survivor of Death Row in the United States. Bickham describes the murders that sent him to Death Row, his life on death row and how he was able to get on with his life after almost four decades in prison.


Silverhead (short, 20min) by Lewis Vaughn –

A 300 lb. masked ax murderer terrorizes the streets of Chicago as a calculated hunter tracks him.


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 segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death.

Within a year, the ceremony in Arlington, ultimately led the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father, ‘The Shannon Wright Compound,’ an honor they had no knowledge of growing up in the shadows of Fort Benning, Ga. The trip to Vietnam found them on the land where the 114th Aviation Company had served and they connected with the family of Vietnamese photographer who had made the last wedding anniversary gifts of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. for his beloved ‘Ouida, the Love of My Life’ on their eleventh wedding anniversary.


Inventory (short, 7min) by Trevor Hansford –

A father’s revelation that he ill prepared his ethnic kids for the current racial encumbrance in the U.S.


The Sara Spencer Washington Story (doc, 28min) by Royston Scott –

In the 1930’s Sara Spencer Washington was a black woman millionaire who parlayed her line of hair and beauty products into international cosmetology schools which gave thousands of black women financial independence by owning their own salons.


Mariannes Noires (doc, 83min) by Mame Fatou Niang –

Seven Afro-French women investigate the pieces of their mosaic identities and unravel what it means to be French.


Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes (doc, 82min) by Sean Durant –

A woman’s journey to discover and trace the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom, and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history.


95 Never Looked so Good (short, 9min) by Tymm Holloway –

95 Never Looked so Good (9m, U S A) dir. by Tymm Holloway

This Documentary short, highlights Simeon Holloway accomplishments from early beginings to the prominent historical record of his involvement in the elite first all Black US B-1 Navy Band. The first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy at any general rank with no recognition from the Navy. Simeon, utilizing his education, intellectual gifts, remarkable capactiy f


Jake (short, 8min) by Michael Tyner –

Lance, a black Brooklyn police officer has a different relationship with the community he serves; where tough love and respect go a long way. When Lance hears a cop racially profile a young person on the radio he springs into action but he is too late. He now has to choose whether to confront his fellow officer.


A Path to Excellence (doc, 24min) by Carl Borack–

A Path To Excellence” is a film about the Peter Westbrook Foundation (PWF). Peter is an extraordinary human being, a six-time Olympian and bronze medal winner in the ’84 Games, and the program he and his Olympian colleagues have created is a wonderful story that portrays how the PWF instills in inner-city kids the belief that the same dedication that is put into becoming a


Cocoa Butter Short (student, 14min) by Dominque Gilbert –

A young man impulsively changes his ethnic identity in hopes of gaining his love’s interest. His world is turned upside down by the heavy weight of his new skin.


The Forever Tree (short, 19min) by Alrick Brown –

In 1919, a young antiquarian must choose what to do after a late night caller presents an ancient necklace tied to a fountain of youth.


Dvrker: Infinity Room (short, 16min) by Jonathan Jackson –

The daughter of a powerful senator is kidnapped, as Cinque Williams, a young African American lawyer, finds himself in a similar situation. As time ticks, Cinque tries to figure out why he’s in ‘The Infinity Room’ and discovers how American politics and rhetoric can turn into a battle of wits between the privilege and the rest of America, where the privileged pulls the strings.


Pass Interference – The Davone Bess Story (doc, 57min) by Branson Wright –

Davone Bess appeared to have it all as an NFL wide receiver but looks are often deceiving. A perceived weakness is the last thing any athlete wants to expose – even if it could cost him everything. And Bess had it all – at least on the surface. He had an NFL career, wealth, a beautiful wife and children but an untreated mental illness hit him harder than any All-Pro defender. In Pass Interference, director Branson Wright explores the life of Bess from his birth to a teenage mother, to an All-Star prep, time in juvenile detention and the rise from college star to an NFL career with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Bess’ life is a cautionary tale on how mental health is often overlooked, especially when it comes to athletes because physical prowess does not always tell the entire story.


90 Days (short, 19min) by Nathan Hale Williams –

Taylor (Nic Few) is preparing for a date with his girlfriend, Jessica (Teyonah Parris) to celebrate three months of dating. They have waited ninety days to be intimate because they both agreed that sex gets in the way of truly getting to know your partner. Still,
Taylor is sure that Jessica is the woman for him and intends to propose. His best friend, Qwynn thinks that he

All is well, until Jessica reveals the true reason why she asked to wait ninety days. She is HIV positive. Initially, Taylor is shocked by the revelation, but listens to Jessica and they discuss the truths about HIV and how a mixed status relationship can be managed.
Can he contract it? Can he protect himself by going on PrEP? Can they ever have kids? What is her treatment like? It’s not at all what Taylor had expected and he needs time to think through his feelings.


To Be Free (short, 12min) by Adepero Oduye –

In a tiny after-hours club, Nina Simone finds a way, for one moment, to be free.


A Civil War: for the Soul of Black America (short, 20min) by Khinmay Lwin Vandermee –

The civil war among African Americans is fought between those supporting ‘Respectability Politics,’ ‘good’ appearance and speech to fight racism; and those who don’t fit that profile. Affirming both sides are equally discriminated, USC Law Professor Jody David Armour exposes the futility of ‘Respectability Politics’ against entrenched poverty, crime and racism strangling b


The Art of the Journey – The Ben F. Jones Story (doc, 32min) by William Michael Barbee –

NJ-born, Professor, Activist, Artist Ben Jones has used his art to bring awareness to the plight of people throughout the world, with a strong concentration on the struggles of the people of Cuba. Born 1940 in Paterson, NJ, Ben began his art journey many years ago. As a young man during the Civil Rights Movement, Ben conscious began to develop as a Social Activist. His art began to speak out against the pressures of that time. Over the years, his artwork began to broaden, bringing awareness to human-caused disasters as in the BP Oil Spill to the revolutionary struggles of the people of Cuba. This noted International Activist/Artist’s documentary is an educational tool to many of our youth to use their abilities to represent something greater than themselves. He is the epitome of the mantra, ‘Leave More Than You Take.’


We Love Moses (short, 15min) by Dionne Edwards –

When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.


The Red Effect (fea, 91min) by Jordan Miller –

Tensions rise in a southeast Washington, DC community following the deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white man.


In The Hour Of Chaos (doc, 105min) by Bayer Mack –

In the Hour of Chaos is a American documentary film directed by Bayer Mack. It details the life and various trials of the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. (“Daddy King”), including his violent, poverty-stricken upbringing in rural Georgia, the assassination of his oldest son (civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.), the drowning of his younger son Alfred Daniel Williams King and the shooting death of his wife, Alberta Williams King.

Set against a backdrop of sociopolitical intrigue and anarchy spanning three generations of the King family, the film also details major domestic conflicts that have impacted the American public during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

The film’s voice cast uses first-person narration sourced from autobiographies and biographies about Daddy King, family attorney Murray M. Silver and other King relatives and associates.


The Land Beneath Our Feet (African, 60min) by Sarita Siegel, Gregg Mitman –

When lost footage from the 1920s depicting a corporate land grab in the early days of globalization arrives back in Liberia, it sparks inquiry into how Liberians lost sovereignty over the very land that sustains them.


The First Stone (short, 15min) by Kaisan Rei –

Reigh returns home from prison to find her family is torn apart at the seams, and it’s up to her to put it back together.


Brazilian Wavy (short, 20min) by Kirk Henriques –

A comedic story of a socially awkward young inventor who becomes the Mike Jordan of hair.


INSTANCE (short, 19min) by Nicholas Casucci –

An idealistic art teacher befriends a troubled teenage boy in her class, but when she is accused of an instance of inappropriate behavior, it becomes unclear who the actual victim really is.


Babay, Papa Rose (short, 15min) by Stefani Saintonge –

Tina hasn’t seen her father in over 30 years. As she travels back to Haiti, it’ll take all her strength to get through his funeral.


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 ‘Legit versus Street’, threatening their lifelong friendship


Pushing (short, 9min) by Ryan LaPine –

”A wonderful, magical short that manages to hold on to a sincere belief in the good in humanity and