2019 Friday

JHC (Fillmore Heritage Center)
1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

FilmMore Grand Theater (Old Yoshis)
1330B Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

AAACC (African American Art & Cultural Center)
762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Nia Room (AAACC)
762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (2nd Floor)

Friday FilmMore Grand Theater 6pm


by Olivia Lichtenstein
in Documentary

The inspiring story of Teddy Pendergrass, who was poised to be the greatest soul singer of all time. His was the immortal voice of Don’t Leave Me This Way, The Love I Lost and Close the Door. He was also the first black male artist to have five consecutive platinum albums in the US, before a devastating accident changed his life forever.

Featuring interviews with his family, friends and colleagues including Philadelphia soul legends Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, rare archive footage and a superb soundtrack, this revealing and poignant documentary charts the life of Teddy Pendergrass. His rise to fame within the complexities of 1960s America, his tragic fall and his triumphant comeback.

Friday JHC 12pm


Charles Anderson

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.

A Craftsman
Sanford Jenkins Jr.

Overcome with grief, a rural woodworker builds a coffin.

Diego Aldabaldetrecu

Two persons going through the emotions that come with the loss of love and how they ultimately make peace with that reality.

Archie Zhang

Heroes explores the identity crisis of a hero who realizes his damsel no longer needs him. For the princess with Daddy issues and for the daddy with Princess issues. Told in fairy-tale-esque format, a man swoops up a vulnerable princess off the street and brings her home for sex and comfort. However, the next morning, the princess tells the man she has to go to work now and thanks the man for his one-night-stand. However, in response, the man breaks down in his identity and approach as he desperately wishes her to stay.

Just Keep It 100
Bryan Bostic

Gus(Tevin Jackson) and Angela(Yazzmyn Shelby) meet up after finding each other through online dating.  They both find out some lies were told. The only thing left for them to do is keep it 100 with each other.

Total Runtime: 00:45:00


Friday JHC 1:15pm


Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora
Sheila S Walker

Tens of millions of Africans were scattered throughout the world during the centuries of the notorious process of enslavement. The African Diasporan communities that resulted used knowledge and skills brought from Africa to contribute to the building of new societies. Torn from the world they knew, Africans and their descendants forged new identities and created new cultural forms that have enriched global civilization. They preserved ancestral worldviews to which they they adapted the cultures of others to create dynamic new fusions. This 30min documentary shares African technologies that developed the Americas, visits unsuspected African Diasporan societies in the Americas and beyond, and reveals cultural commonalities uniting African Diasporan communities in distant lands.

Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History
Aiwan Obinyan

In African homes across the world a benign textile lies unassuming and taken for granted. With a multitude of names from ‘Dutch Wax’ to ‘Liputa’ and ‘Kitenge’ to ‘Ankara’ this textile has become an important part of African cultures across the diaspora. A symbol of strength and identity in the face of oppression.  Surprised to learn from her Nigerian grandmother that ‘traditional’ African wax printed fabrics were a colonial invention made in the UK and Holland, British-born filmmaker and fashion designer, Aiwan Obinyan, sets out on a journey across four continents to trace the two-hundred year history of this iconic textile that has come to visually represent Africa and Africans.  The Industrial Revolution. Cotton is king. Mills across Europe spin and weave cotton sourced from North America. Colonialism leads to the discovery of batik in Indonesia. Dutch and English traders copy the designs and industrial innovators mechanize the process leading to the creation of Wax Prints. In the scramble for Africa, Wax prints are brought on merchant ships and sold by missionary trading companies in the bustling markets and village squares of West Africa. Local women are economically and politically empowered by this new import. Business is booming for all. But at what cost?  The late 20th century sees the influx of Chinese counterfeiters flooding the market with cheap copies (?), business declines and one by one the big Wax Print companies close their doors. From this decline emerges a new cottage industry, where designers reclaim the means of production in their homes, studios and local communities. But when all is said and done, is Wax Print African? And who gets to decide?

Total Runtime: 2:09:00


Friday JHC 3:45pm


Marcellus Cox

An Award Winning Drama about a young African American man who spends his last free day before heading to prison apologizing to everyone near and dear to him for betraying their trust in him

Ajani Amiri Thomas

A man struggles to remember the sound of his mother’s voice when his dreams force him to confront the past.

Pride Is Costly
Shauntay Cherry

An urban drama about a young man with dreams of success finds himself grappling with choices and consequences when moving back to the hood poses a threat to his future.

Jamaal Bradley

Based on True Events; Jason, the oldest of two boys loves his home but battles with wanting to change the deteriorating community and the desire to leave it behind. Tension turns to anger as Jason and his brother John battle over the decision to embrace the drug culture while simultaneously endangering John’s daughter.  Her symbolic gesture will change the future of the family and change her father’s SUBSTANCE.

Code Switch
Experimental, student, short
Alba Roland Mejia

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.

My Mistake
Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Psychological
Antjuan Ward

While being overcome with mixed emotion, Jason sits us down to explain his story. Each part of his story is broken down as he tries to piece together what he is missing. Jason shows us how blind love can really be while the sense of guilt overcome his partner until the potentially fatal end.

Rinse Cycle
Director: Diante SIngley
9 min 49 sec

A man recalls an important lesson from his mother about identity and blackness as he washes his clothes in a frightening laundromat

The Unforgiving Minute
Director: Nelson Glen
(aka: Dr. Robert Nelson)
9 min 6 sec

A teenage boy, who struggles with golf and is disgusted by his girlfriend’s betrayal, gets more than he bargained for when he seeks his ailing grandad’s advice.

Total Runtime: 1:28:00


Friday JHC 5:15pm


Nineteen Summers
Director: Rod Scott
1 hr 58 min 53 sec

Born in the generational Los Angeles street culture a 19-year-old father seeks a better life in the midst of a turf war.

Total Runtime: 1:59:00


Friday AAACC Buriel Clay 12pm


I Will Not Forget You
Laila Petrone Peynado

Still struggling with loss, a caring father and his daughter are inspired by the Christmas spirit to connect with their Puerto Rican roots by reaching out to victims of the hurricane.

Little Cousin
Director: Robert Everett Williams Jr.
11 min 20 sec

Isaac, a young boy obsessed with superheroes and adventure, learns the important consequences and responsibility of being a role model

Dara – The first time when I went to sky
Renato Candido

Dara is a 10-year-old black girl from the rural area of Bahia/Brazil in the 1960s. On the eve of moving to São Paulo, Dara wants to set up a swing in a cashew tree where she lives with her grandparents and her little brother. Her parents are already in São Paulo, it’s time for the girl to leave.

Ina Sotirova

On an utopic Caribbean island, a young priestess must overcome her insecurities, defy tradition and step into her power to save her people from impending danger.

Kitwana’s Journey
Ng’endo Mukii

This is the story of a boy named Kitwana, A boy who laughed and played, and went to school, and did all the things that children do. One day Kitwana’s life would change and not for the better, this however, nobody knew.

Kia Moses, Adrian McDonald

From Jamaica, the little island of big dreams, an inner-city youth KEMAR has the biggest dream of all – to fly to the moon.   At its core, this is a story that explores dreams bigger than us, what fuels them, what stands in the way of them, their ability to transport us and those around us, if they take FLIGHT.


The United States of Paranoia or: How I Stayed on the Line to Repair My Air Conditioner
Director: Rashan Castro
15 min 5 sec

A middle-aged black man struggles to raise his impressionable son, care for his cantankerous father, and deal with constant, racially charged hallucinations, all while desperately trying to repair his air conditioner on the hottest day on record.

Good Kidd
Jamari Perry

Justin, a smart but troubled kid that is caught between who the people around him think he should be and who he actually is.  He’s defining what manhood is as he navigates through the harsh realities of the streets of Oakland California. Justin, meets his defining moment head on when he is forced to choose between retaliation or walking away in the ultimate choice between manhood and childhood.

Total Runtime: 1:30:00


Friday AAACC Buriel Clay 2pm


Rondo: Beyond the Pavement
Bianca Rhodes

A film made by students at High School for Recording Arts in Saint Paul, MN, in partnership with Saint Paul Almanac and SPNN.   In the 1920s, Rondo, Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, was flourishing. With music, theatre, African American newspapers, and businesses booming, the community was thriving—until September of 1956, when construction of Interstate 94 tore through the Rondo community. Rondo homeowners resisted the construction, and protests began. Residents were forcefully removed from their homes. Thousands of Rondo homeowners were displaced. Homes and successful businesses were demolished, and a community was torn apart. The construction of 94 shattered homes, businesses, and families. It did not shatter Rondo’s spirit.  These are the stories of “RONDO: Beyond the Pavement.”

Don’t Expel the Blacks   
Princess A. Hairston

Don’t Expel the Blacks is a short film about gentrification in Brooklyn.  Residents in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn explain the effects gentrification has on their community.

Paris Blues In Harlem    
Nadhege Ptah

Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman and her attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub. She has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, she is faced with a choice between legacy and money.

Let This Be Therapy
Justin Leyba, Dougan Khim

Chicago artist Brandon Breaux, best known for his series of Chance the Rapper album covers, chronicles his mission to change the negative perception of South Side Chicago through his art, as the deadline for his first exhibition in Singapore looms.

Total Runtime: 1:05:00


Friday AAACC Buriel Clay 3:30pm


Song For Our People
Mustapha Khan

Song For Our People tells the inspiring story of a group of socially-committed professional musical artists who come together one day to create a powerful new anthem to honor their African American ancestors, and to inspire the on-going fight for social justice in America. Featuring renowned New York studio musicians, singers, a rapper and a tap dancer, the film is a celebration and testament to the power of collective action to create both art and social change.   Song For Our People… because the revolution will need a soundtrack.

Birth of Afrobeat
Opiyo Okeyo

African music pioneer, Fela Kuti once said, ‘Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”. In this hybrid live-action/animated short, filmmaker Opiyo Okeyo documents drum legend Tony Allen as he recounts his contribution to the birth of Africa’s most exported music genre–Afrobeat.

Total Runtime: 1:03:00


Friday AAACC Buriel Clay 5:00pm


Paul Starman

Wheels is a coming of age story about Max, a 19 year old from Brooklyn who wants to be a well known DJ.  He has been the sole provider for his sick grandmother, DJing parties for Oscar, a neighborhood shark. Things shift when Max’s brother Terry returns home after three years in prison, forcing Max to reconcile their relationship.


Friday AAACC Buriel Clay 6:45pm


Freedom’s Name is Mighty Sweet   
Joe Murphy

Set in 1897, this is the incredible story of Charles and Lucille Hunter, two African American prospectors in the Klondike Gold Rush. Inspired by true events, it’s a film about the power of the human spirit and how, no matter the odds, we can survive if we stick together.

Murder in Mobile
Adam Fischer

In 1948, in Mobile, Alabama, a black man named Rayfield Davis was beaten to death by a white man who was not prosecuted. The crime was forgotten until 2012 when a Northeastern law student was assigned to investigate – culminating in a shocking conclusion.  Murder in Mobile is a film about race, murder, and one family’s search for the truth 70 years later.

The SixTripleEight
James William Theres

This documentary includes interviews with the surviving six members from the 855 women of the SixTripleEight (6888 Central Postal Directory battalion), the first, and only, all-black female battalion sent to Europe during World War II. Their mission: clear the backlog of over 17 million pieces of mail stuck in warehouses in Birmingham, England and Rouen, France. They faced racism, sexism, and the Nazis. After dodging German U-boats, they arrived in Birmingham in February 1945. They were given six months to complete the mission in each city. Both times they finished in half the time. The last of the women returned to the United States in March 1946 with little fanfare. Their story was hidden in American military history until now. On November 30, 2018, a monument was dedicated in their honor at Buffalo Soldier Park, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  On February 20, 2019, the Secretary of the Army approved the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion for the period of service March 4, 1945 to March 30, 1946. On February 28, 2019, Sen. Jerry Moran submitted legislation, the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, for the unit to receive the nation’s highest civilian award.

Total Runtime: 1:52:00


Friday Nia Room 12pm


The Artist in Society: Talking with Hershell West
Eva A. Ma

A black man brought up in rural south in the days before the end of segregation, neither Hershell West’s family nor his community, nor the larger society expected him to become a professional artist.

Total Runtime: 0:55:00


Friday Nia Room 2pm


The Night to Remember on 21st Street
Director: Aaron Doughert
1 hr 2 min 27 sec

The tale of two detectives trying to solve a murder case, following the night of a local party. They have seven witnesses from the party, which plead to tell their side of the story. Each witness has a story to tell, but which story is true?

Total Runtime: 1:03:00


Friday Nia Room 3:30pm


Charles Murray

A disgraced journalist has to deal with his cousin’s suicide after she’s been shamed in social media.

Total Runtime: 1:46:00


Friday Nia Room 5:15pm


Black & Privileged
1hr 19min
Director: Mark Harris

A group of middle-class black people fight to keep their neighborhood economically strong even when the city moves people from the projects into their thriving community.

Total Runtime: 1:19:00