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SATURDAY YOSHI’S 10am

An Ode to Harold
A young woman hears conflicting truths about her father while at his funeral, and she must ultimately decide how she wants to remember him.
0:11:06
Shorts
USA
Ashley Chrisman

Office Sweats
Chris begins what is supposed to be a normal day at the job hates, with the coworkers who are obviously obnoxious, but little does he know today will be a defining moment for him when he decides enough is enough, or does he?
0:09:45
Shorts
USA
Artii Smith

The Yard
Is the politically incorrect animated comedy based off of life on a fictional HBCU Campus, Booker A&T. Our Animated Show can best be described as a Different World meets Boondocks.
0:13:46
Animation
USA
John Tucker

Flourishing Explosions & Luminosity
A conscious introvert embarks on a train ride to reunite with friends and family.
0:09:06
Emmanuel Burton
Shorts
USA

Pushing Skills
A street-smart hustler uses his invention to give people extraordinary skills for few hours but finds himself in trouble when the wrong people hear about it.
00:17:00
Michael Krehan
United States
Short, Web / New Media

Stevie’s Aliens
Greg, an aspiring writer whose dreams are shattered when he’s rejected from his top choice college, is reinvigorated after he sees what he believes is a UFO.
00:16:54
Austin Harris
Short, Student

Baby Steps
“Every year, on the anniversary of his fathers suicide, Kenny’s growing depression haunts what he fears will be his destiny.”
0:20:00
Shorts
USA
Eric Dyson

SATURDAY YOSHI’S 12:15pm

Ditches and Fields
After storming off from an argument with his father, a grieving boy is guided back home by unlikely visitors.
0:08:4
Student
USA
Prakshi Malik

Marcus
A group of men struggle with a life changing decision. They find themselves on different sides of an argument that could possibly lead to a tragic ending.
0:09:59
Shorts
USA
J.R. Poli

Story Ave
Inspired by a true story. MTA conductor and life-long resident of the Bronx, Luis, gets off of the train one stop early at the Story Ave station and has an unusual encounter with 17-year-old passenger––a young artist named Kadir. Luis attempts to engage with skeptical Kadir on the train until Kadir senses Luis may have something he needs. As Luis exits the train car, Kadir decides to follow him. A dangerous moment on the train platform leads both gentlemen to a shared booth inside Luis’ favorite diner and a conversation that will alter Kadir forever
00:10:20
United States
Written & Directed by:
Aristotle Torres

LA Oposicion
Nick Morano has a comfortable desk job at the Department of Homeland Security monitoring immigration targets. When the Trump administration suddenly changes the game by declaring a war on immigration, Nick now must choose to work for this new system or against it.
0:20:00
Shorts
USA
Zoey Martinson

Woke
Is a drama that revolves around Brandon, a budding activist and college student fighting to maintain his relationships as he struggles to suppress the negative effects of a traumatic childhood.
1:00:04
Features
USA
Iman Shervington

SATURDAY YOSHI’S 2:30pm                                                               

Wanted: Dead or Abducted
After robbing a small bank in Dodge, two cowboy bandits lose a posse and encounter very weird events in their new hideout.
00:07:55
Ramiro Hernandez
United States
short

Jabari Keating
Upon making a life altering decision, Jabari Keating is a candid first person narrative film that explores his personal reflections, life experiences and trials and tribulations as an African American in present day America.
00:10:00
Stacey Larkins
Experimental, Short

Damn Bro!
A Haitian-American, high school student is bullied by a star basketball player into doing his homework and digs in, doing the hard work for both of them, yet learns that helping someone, even when you break the rules, has its own rewards.
00:08:03
Travis Frick
United States
Short

The Jump Off
A gay young man in a passionate DL relationship struggles for legitimacy with his closeted lover.
0:04:41
Lesbian/Gay
USA
Jovan James

Tales from Shaolin: Pt One Shakey Dog
Tales From Shaolin reinterprets the works of the Wu Tang Clan as a Shakespeare-meets-Tarantino, crime-filled action dark comedy! Using the lyrics from the song “Shakey Dog” by Ghostface Killah, Part One: “Shakey Dog” stars Stephen Hill as our narrator “Ghost” and Dominique Spencer as the quiet yet eager Frank in this tale of a stick up gone wrong. Featuring an original score by indie Hip Hop producers Jake Summers, Eno Noziroh, and Wino Willy, Shakey Dog also stars Ninja N. Devoe, Angel Sanchez, Nasser Metcalfe, and Clinton Lowe – with special appearance by elusive Hip Hop super-producer Megahertz. Produced by Jeremy Sample, Stephen Hill, Marquette Jones, and Janie McFadden along with director Louis A. Moore and screenwriter J. Michael Neal.
00:14:56
USA
Jeremy Sample
Short, Web / New Media

/smōkd/
Tempers flare when twelve grand jurors deliberate whether to indict, or not indict, a police officer who allegedly kills a man during an arrest.
00:15:01
Tamika Miller
United States
Short

Civic Mind
A teenage, NYPD volunteer goes undercover to purchase alcohol and other items not permitted to be sold to minors. His methods are put into question when the biggest bust of his career is done illegally, jeopardizing everything he’s worked for and threatens a gentrifying, Brooklyn community.
0:19:07
Shorts
USA
Adonis Williams

SATURDAY YOSHI’S 4:30pm

Gladys Brown
After being cheated out of her dream job, a long-suffering assistant seeks revenge.
0:12:29
Student
USA
Chad Scarborough                     

Then There Was Joe
With his gang-banging brother under house-arrest in their parent’s home, a straight-laced law student, struggling to study for his bar exam, is tasked with keeping his older brother out of trouble.
01:39:00
Justin Warren
United States
Feature

SATURDAY YOSHI’S 7pm

Backfire
After a botched robbery escalates to homicide, a north Philly gun runner has to escape or outsmart the south Philly Italian mob as they close in for vengeance.
1:37:00
Features
USA
Dave Patten

SATURDAY NIA ROOM 10am

TIGERNUT
(Homeland of the Wholehearted Women) A worldwide trade war has broken out over the control and distribution of the new healthy Super Food, tiger nuts, which will soon be a part of all healthy diets. An investigation uncovers a plot of international corruption and abuses around the production of tiger nuts by European and American companies exploiting African resources. “Tigernut” shows the encouraging response of thousands of families resisting this attempt to control their resources through initiatives such as the Mousso Faso cooperative.
01:12:52
Andoni Monforte
Spain
Documentary, Feature

SATURDAY NIA ROOM 11:45am

Unarmed
Unarmed follows a young African American male, David, who’s father was murdered by the police. David’s biggest fear is seeing his daughter grow up without a father the same way he grew up without father. The film follows the David on his journey to be a good father, while giving insight on the trauma remaining from his father’s death.
00:05:40
Elias Moreno
Student

Under The Law
Adriel (Malachi Beasley), a qualified and determined individual, is looking for employment at a law firm, but a blemish on his record holds him back. However, everything changes when Karen (Christina Schulz) finds out what his motive was on the night of his incident. Karen asks for her boss, Mr. Manning (Mark Allyn), for his opinion as Adriel reminisces on his past experience.
00:10:07
Bill Anaya
United States
Short, Student

Living
An Award-Winning Drama about an Angel’s descent from Heaven to Brooklyn looking too clear the air, bridging a Gap finding common ground addressing an important key of life between Law Enforcement and Minorities…
00:13:35
Marcellus Cox
United States
Short

Training Wheels
Amari, a gifted little 9 years old with mind-reading capabilities, is waiting patiently for her dad to come home and teach her how to ride her bike without training wheels. Her father gets home but is distracted by mom’s concerns about missing belongings from the house. Amari watches as her parent grow more and more frustrated with each other and dad storms out. Curious to learn her father’s whereabouts, Amari uses her power to get more information from her mom while she takes a phone call at the dinner table. Amari gathers information claiming that he’s on 43rd Street. The very next day, she ditches school and sets off on an adventure to bring her father home.
00:14:40
Sandrel Young
United States
Short

KINGS
KINGS is a powerful short film that follows rookie African American police officer BRANDON BILLIPS his first night after being sworn into the Oakland Police Department and the difficult choices he’s faced with when his veteran partner starts to abuse the power of his badge. KINGS not only addresses the obvious issues of black and white stereotypes but also of the reprogramming of self imagery and what needs to be done in order to tear down the walls of ignorance within each individual.
00:27:25
Jamaal Scott
United States
Short

SATURDAY NIA ROOM 1:30pm

Out From Smoke & Ash
In 1921, the Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood was one of the most affluent all-black communities in America. Known as the “Black Wall Street,” it covered 40 square blocks and boasted more than 600 businesses and 15,000 residents which was demolished, scores killed, and thousands left homeless. This is the retailing of this story through a mix of mediums and performances as well as spoken word.
00:21:56
Lisandro Boccacci
United States
Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student

My People Are Rising
‘My People Are Rising’ is a documentary based on the autobiography of a 19 year old Seattle Black Panther captain named Aaron Dixon. The film traces his politicization and journey to Oakland as he fights alongside a generation of young people frustrated with injustice. Through his eyes we witness: the early forming of the party, the COINTEL PRO operation, the election of the first Black mayor of Oakland, the rise of the first female leader of the party, and the fall of Huey Newton as tried to run Dixon out of the party.
0:57:00
Documentaries
USA
RafaelFlores                                                                                                           

SATURDAY NIA ROOM 3:30pm

SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
In 2015, Sandra Bland, a young black woman, was found hanging in a small-town Texas jail cell days after a traffic violation. Ruled a suicide, her death fueled worldwide allegations of racially motivated police murder. The filmmakers embedded with Sandra’s family during their two-year battle to uncover the truth.
1:58:00
Documentaries
USA
Kate Davis

SATURDAY NIA ROOM 6pm

Night Skies
Vampires live in Detroit and kill criminals with the Mayor’s blessing. However, when college students get killed the mayor prepares for vampire war.
0:12:00
Shorts
USA
Brian Green

White Knuckle
When a serial killer begins targeting the gentrifiers of a dwindling, historically Black neighborhood, three young adults attempt to determine the murderer’s identity… before they’re next.
00:22:57
Philip Champagne
United States
Short

Buckout Road
Buckout Road is ‘The Omen’ meets ‘Urban Legend’.  A college class project on creation and destruction of modern myth, turns terrifying when a trio of young people come to realize the many evil urban legends surrounding New York State’s famed Buckout Road may, in fact be real.
1:37:00
Features
Canada
Matthew Currie Holmes

SATURDAY AAACC 10am

Queen
‘QUEEN’ is a coming of age drama about an 11-year-old girl who must survive a night on Skid Row with her mother while crossing into adolescence.
0:20:00 Shorts
USA
Gabrielle Shepard

The Princess in the Alleyway
In the favela, you find many dragons… but you also find the heroes who fight them.
1:27:54
Foreign/Diaspora
Brazil
Rita de Cácia Oenning da SilvaRita de Cácia
Oenning da Silva

12:30pm

’63 Boycott
In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Unseen 16mm footage of the boycott is combined with insights from the original participants and present-day protesters against school closings. ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism.
00:29:06
Rachel Dickson
United States
Documentary, Short

MAJOR CAPERS: The Legend of Team Broadminded
Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded is an honest and unflinching documentary that portrays the extraordinary life story of Major James Capers, Jr. an American hero, who persevered through adversity and after 50 classified missions rose to become one of the most decorated Force Recon Marines in history.
01:33:00
Erich Recker
Documentary

3:00pm

Robert Mims – The Texan Bull Rider
This film is a portrait of Robert Mims, who after forty years riding bulls is approaching retirement.  Robert, one of the competing Black Texan Riders, has become legendary in this tight knit community.  In his more than four decades of dominating the chute, Robert has seen many of his fellow riders rise, fall and pick themselves up to ride again.  “The World is changing, you either change with it or stay behind” – Robert Mims
00:16:10
Documentaries
USA

Fevah
A heartbroken single mom is about to plunge into a new relationship when her child’s father returns with a secret.
0:12:29
Shorts
USA
Randall Dottin

One Bedroom
Breaking up is easy.  Moving out is hard.  After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remembering better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.
01:23:00
Maceo Leste
Feature        

5pm

TRAFFIC STOP
Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26 year old African American schoolteacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped for a routine speeding violation. The encounter between her and her arresting officer caught on multiple police dash cams’ escalated into a violent take-down of Breaion.
0:30:26
Documentaries
USA
Kate Davis

THE SYSTEM
Vastly different lives and perspectives become intertwined after a police officer suffering from reoccurring PTSD mistakenly shoots a deaf African-American kid, exposing layers of racial tension and corruption within the political, judicial and prison system.
1:32:00
Features
USA
IRIN DANIELS Daniels

7:30pm

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.
On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass, an L.A. club promoter, takes a thrilling and emotional journey with Frida, a Midwestern visitor. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers.
01:29:00
Jamaal Scott
United States
Feature