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When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:00 pm
Where: War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Avenue | 2nd Floor, Room 210 | San Francisco, CA 94102
  • 6:00 – 6:45: Reception
  • 6:50 – 8:15: Film Screening
  • 8:15 – 8:45: Q&A with Dr. Mame-Fatou Niang and guest panelists

Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country’s identity to the forefront. In Mariannes Noires, seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. While some came from great privilege, and others came from nothing at all, they each have attained a high level of success and influence, which they use to increase visibility for Black women in France. However, despite their power, their achievements, and their leadership, and no matter their class background or ancestral heritage, they all survive systemic inequality.

In this documentary, they take us through their battles and retrace their most grueling paths in order to understand the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny, and they bravely lead the way forward.




FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

On Time 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.  FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Taking Israel (55m, Israel, U S A) dir. by Vincent Singleton – Documentary chronicles the experiences of over 200 African American students in Israel over a fifteen year period. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



Trash Bags (short, 8min) by Diante Singley – A couple reflects on the degradation of their relationship. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Inamorata (short, 20min) by A-lan Holt – A clairvoyant woman finds something unexpected during an intimate encounter with her fiancé’s lover. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

One Drop of Love (doc, 67min) by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni – 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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



I Am Still Here (fea, 104min) by Stephanie Bell & written/directed by Mischa Marcus – 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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. FRIDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



Not Black Enough (01:22:28) 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. African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



Pass Interference – The Davone Bess Story (with special guest Davone Bess) (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. African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Koret Auditorium @ De Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr)



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. Friday Koret Auditorium @ De Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr)

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.’Friday Koret Auditorium @ De Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr)

Hotel Majestic – 1500 Sutter Street


The Underwoods of Napa Valley


SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



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. SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

The Servant (ani, 9min) by Farnoosh Abedi – A bug became servant, servant became master.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Super Chef 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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Talking Piece by KPage Stuart Valdes – Jason is a well educated Midwestern transplant to Brooklyn who has set his sights on a career in public education. His wife, Julia, is climbing up the corporate ladder and is the main bread winner of the family. Sam and Hugo are two ethnic teens who have grown up in the cross section of Brooklyn’s rapid and aggressive gentrification, of which Jason and Julia are a part. When they lock heads with Jason about some troubles they are having outside of school, a firestorm of stereotype and assumptions explodes with both humor and gravity.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Junior by Pearl Gluck – A mother struggles with a new normal after her teenage son is murdered by an off- duty police officer.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



A Path To Excellence (doc, 24min) by Carl Borack – Olympians paying it forward teaching inner-city kids fencing to elevate their goals in life, in sport, in academia, in life.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

LAWMAN (short, student, 13:11) by Kalilah 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.

Slumberland (4:34) by James Pennington – Taking Bart home from school, a young man falls asleep and has a vivid dream.



90 Days (short, 19min) by Nathan Hale Williams – A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, 90 DAYS explores a beautiful couple’s relationship and their life altering decision after ninety days of dating. Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Teyonah Parris (Jessica) and Nic Few (Taylor), 90 DAYS  is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life’s greatest perceived challenges. Taylor’s mother is played by the one and only Pauletta Washington (Mrs. Denzel Washington). SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)


90 Minutes of the Fever by Joan Carlson -The President has declared martial law after hackers shut down the internet, TV, and phones. Fake news and alternate facts turn neighbor against neighbor, father against son, husband against wife. When technology is subtracted from the human equation, what happens when we come face to face with our betrayals? SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

6PM-8PM – Sci-fi/Horror


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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Silverhead (short, 20min) by Lewis Vaughn – A 300 lb. masked ax murderer terrorizes the streets of Chicago as a calculated hunter tracks him. SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

#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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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.  SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Pushing (short, 9min) by Ryan LaPine – A homeless man, living on the fringes of society, feels out of touch with the speed and exclusivity of his surroundings. He retreats into his imagination to a time where he was better capable of fitting in and was accepted by others. When he is disrupted by a police officer, he initially sees him as a grave threat. However, through an act of kindness, he learns that this

The Columbarium by Tyler Trumbo – Do you have to be alive to be considered part of a neighborhood? This short black and white film shot on Super 16mm explores the concept of death through the eyes of Emmitt Waston, the long-time caretaker of thousands of cremated remains at the Neptune Society Columbarium of San Francisco, and how we can still be a part of a community even after we go. SATURDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Project BayGanda (doc, 61min) by Montaigne “Mr. M” 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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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? Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Printshop (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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

August Beach (youth, 10min) by Leyah Barris – August Beach tackles the dreams and obstacles of African-American youth in the modern age. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Brazilian Wavy (short, 20min) by Kirk Henriques – A comedic story of a socially awkward young inventor who becomes the Mike Jordan of hair. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Cream 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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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? Saturday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

SPUR (654 Mission Street) \


1PM – Sankofa

“Sankofa…Connecting the Dots”-Damon Jamal (director/photographer)-40 minutes- is a documentary based on a historic California Trade Mission to Durban, South Africa, during the inaugural Essence Magazine & City of Durban’s “Essence Durban Festival” in November 2016.  Jamal, an LA based filmmaker, recognized by the San Francisco 7 Day Film Festival as “Best Directors” whose work has included a plethora of music videos including R& B and hip hop artists such as E-40, Tyga, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, French Montana and many others, uses his camera to express the close to the heart experience he and others had during the trade mission that was not only about economic empowerment but matters of the heart as well.  From business concepts to the arts to the pulse on the street, “Sankofa…Connecting the Dots” lives up its name.  Following the screening of the film at SPUR, an organization dedicated to “Ideas and Action For a Better City,” there will be a panel discussion “Doing Business in Africa for Commerce and Healing.”  Panelist to date will include Damon Jamal, San Franciscan Roland Washington, producer of the film and sponsor of the California Trade Mission to Durban, South Africa, and Florida A&M Professor Brian Sims, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, who has led several student and faculty trips to Africa.

then @ 1:50PM – “Doing Business in Africa for Commerce and Healing” Panel Discussion. Saturday – SPUR (654 Mission Street)


“Blaxploitalian” -100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema (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. Saturday – SPUR (654 Mission Street)

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. Saturday – SPUR (654 Mission Street)


SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



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. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Black Christmas (shorts 5:54) by Susan Davis – A man is accused of attacking a woman and must convince an angry mob of his innocence. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

My Name is Lamar by Dale E. Turner –  How would you react to racism from an unlikely source? SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

AmeriKa (short, 14min) by Ryan Ward – 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. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



Grandma’s House (fea, 96min) by MzKim Productions – 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. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)



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. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

A Mediation (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. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

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. This is a coming of age story at once unique and entirely familiar. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Inventory (narrative, 7min) by Trevor Hansford – Social Black Parental Commentary through the lens of a middle aged father, who has realized he mislead his children in terms of how they are perceived by fearful and hateful Americans. A father bears his soul, pain, fear and regret for not preparing them for the eventual institutionalized racism they would face as they grew into adulthood. SUNDAY – LUSH LIFE THEATER (1320 Fillmore Street)

Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



The Lucky 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. Sunday African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

HAIRAT (African, 7min) by Jessica Beshir – One man’s nightly ritual brings solace to the lovelorn of Harar. Sunday African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Black Chicks (short, 13min) by Neil Labute – “a man and a woman. one white, one black. what could possibly go wrong?” Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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 bSunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby! (short, 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. Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)



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. Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

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. Sunday – African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street)

Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)



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. Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)

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. Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)

REPAIRations! – The Musical (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” Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)

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… Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)

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. Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)

When Love Kills (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. Sunday – The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore Street)

Sunday – Marines’ Memorial Hotel (609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102)

2PM – 5PM


Afro-Germany by Susanne Lenz-Gleissner, Jana Pareigis and Adama Ulrich – Documentary (42 min) “Where do you come from?” “I mean, where do you really come from?” Hamburg-born Afro-German journalist Jana Pareigis has been asked these questions throughout her life. Traveling across Germany, she meets a refugee who was a victim of right-wing violence, as well as stars such as the rapper Samy Deluxe, the football player Gerald Asamoah and the contemporary witness Theodor Wonja Michael. They depict life as a Black person in Germany – and what needs to change.
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.
95 Never Looked So Good (9m, U S A) dir. by Tymm Holloway – This Documentary short, highlights Simeon Holloway accomplishments from early beginnings 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 capacity f

Brown Babies: Deutschlands Verlorene Kinder” Directed by Michaela Kirst of Tangram Films: “In 1946, the first of the babies fathered by members of the occupying forces are born in war ravaged Germany. Around 5000 of these children have an Afro-American father and a German mother. Many of these ‘Brown Babies’ grow up in Germany. What nobody realises, however, is that many more babies were given up for adoption and subsequently went to live with new, coloured parents in the USA. Both the American and German governments saw this as a convenient solution to an awkward problem,since the very existence of the ‘Brown Babies’ represented a scandal on both sides of the Atlantic. The adopted ‘Brown Babies’ grow up thousands of miles away from their real mothers and the country of their birth. Many of them don’t discover for decades that they have a German mother. Others however, can remember all too clearly the derogatory looks they were subjected to in Germany. Even in the USA, these ‘Brown Babies’ weren’t really accepted anywhere – too dark for the whites and too light for the Afro-Americans…”


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.

“Veterans Don’t Serve Alone”-The Impact of Military Service on Families.