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NOLLYWOOD IN FOCUS

Nollywood in Focus is a celebration of an industry that has against all odds gained global recognition as an independent, self-sustaining film industry run by Africans for Africans.

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Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion is a documentary about the history of basketball. The film is about how the sport, invented by Canadian Dr. James Naismith, served and continues to serve to bring people of all walks of life, together, in America and throughout the world. The United States was a segregated and culturally, highly divisive nation for many years...

LOVE YOU RIGHT

When a series of events causes Will Clay a successful R&B Artist career to hit rock-bottom, he is forced to come to grips with lessons of loyalty, self-care, ​and love.

PINK OPAQUE

A story of love, family, hardships, and life in Los Angeles. While struggling to finish his thesis documentary required to graduate, Travis Wolfe reconnects with his estranged uncle and navigates a budding romance against the wishes of his girlfriend’s older brother.

THE COUNCIL

In an era of crime, drugs and violence, the streets of South Central Los Angeles walk in fear as the gangs, police and criminals take over. Four heroic men take matters into their own hands and bring a nightmare on the streets that they can't wake up from. No justice, no peace and if peace is far out of reach, so will the idea of being a law abiding citizen. The criminals leaned in the ear of the city and said a storm is coming, The Council leaned back and whispered..."WE ARE THE STORM!"

TENDER

In Tender the tensions caused by San Francisco’s housing crisis unfold for three black trans women in the Tenderloin. Under the backdrop of San Francisco’s housing crisis, the beauty of a historically LBGT-friendly district is revealed. Tender tells the story of three black trans women and their inextricable connections to San Francisco’s often maligned Tenderloin neighborhood. Janetta is a pillar of the trans community and head of the Trans, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). Ronjah juggles multiple jobs as she dreams of moving out of her single room occupancy (SRO) and into an apartment near the ocean. Cookie searches for housing in a ballooning market that is unaffordable and leaves her homeless. These women take pride in living and working in this pre-Stonewall site of LBGTQ liberation, yet the spaces they hold dear erode as San Francisco’s housing crisis grows out of control.

LIFE IS FARE

Feature Film, Narrative Life is Fare is a Tigrinya/ English feature film exploring three wildly different diaspora perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. A cross cultural analogy to challenge how patriotism and nationalism are practiced, it is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration journeys worldwide. Life is Fare premiered at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival, going on to win awards and recognition at:

THE BIRTH OF DECEIT

A peaceful town where all seems to be normal lies a dark cold secret that took the town by surprise as a couple befriended their neighbor/close friends, granddaughter for their own psychopathic needs. Which led to the main character, Ambar along with her friends fighting for their life.

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Half Ticket

Half Ticket is a 2016 Indian Marathi language film directed by Samit Kakkad and produced by Video Palace. The film is the story of two slum boy brothers and their absolute focus to get what they cannot dare dream of. It is an official adaption of a National Award Winning Indian Tamil film 'Kaaka Muttai'

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Goldie (fish)

A daughter uncovers a family secret and a fish “supposedly “ lives forever. Get Tickets

Natives

Cousins Canuto and Stomps struggle to define their community legacy in the wake of Tio Aldo's murder. Get Tickets
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S.O.U.L of a Black Woman

S.O.U.L of a Black Woman is an Afrofuturism film split into four chapters each representing what it is to be a black...

The Color Of Skin

The Color of Skin is a documentary that explores what it is like for African-Americans who have been brutalized, harassed, mistreated, disrespected...

Black Unscripted

Black Unscripted is a documentary short film about blackness and racial identity. We witness how a limited, stereotypical view of blackness has...

Unordinary Occurrence

This is a drama/comedy about a woman that has an encounter with a mysterious co-worker that forces her to face emotions that...

Destiny’s Road

At her high school graduation party, a teenage girl, whose only chance of making it out of poverty is through college, scrambles...

A Rodeo Film

A bull rider who falls out of love with the sport must choose between his family’s legacy of rodeo and his own...
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Squatter

In Northwest Louisiana, childhood friends now in college throw a "killer" party before finals. A uninvited guest squatting nearby crashes the party...

“CITY”

Desperate teenagers ignite a gang war and narcotics investigation when they stumble upon a botched robbery and help themselves to the spoils.

Eyes of a Survivor

An experimental intake of Ojore Nuru Lutalo as he recounts the 22 years he spent in political isolation, and the flourishing comradery...

Afia

When Afia, a burn survivor, gets scouted by a national talk show to share her story, she challenges the lead producer who...

Goldie

Loosely influenced by "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" fairytale + and the tale of the Three Wise Men, we find lead character,...

The Color Happy

A man with a criminal past tries to turn his life around, but his future is threatened after he forms an unlikely...

Forlorning

Log-line: A man tows the line between life and death as he struggles with a mental illness called complicated...

Run Little Boy

PASSWORD: BRUTE Run Little Boy is a 2D animated short film following a young boy who must survive a...
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Smoke & Mirrors

Two old friends buy into a worm farming scheme and con others to achieve their aspirations. But, when they were duped out...
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Smoke

Based on the Dearborn Heights murders, two attorneys face off in trying to decide the fate of a man, who in a...

Do: XYZ

Wrapped up in a life of organized crime, Zoa, "Z", struggles to balance romance and dealing with the fact that she failed...

Play Day

When well-minded young father, Paul, takes his two children to the park, he impulsively confronts another young father after the two men’s...

The Black Banshee

Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind...
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Waters of March

Waters of March is an exploration of grief and how it affects an entire family. Our point of entry is through our...
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SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS

Sixteen Thousand Dollars is a narrative comedy short film that imagines a world in which a struggling black college grad wakes up...

Dawn in the Dark

On the eve of her father's birthday, Dawn and her fun uncle Nate struggle over her bedtime routine. A new dynamic to...
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AWAKEN

AWAKEN is a drama about a famous musician that struggles with the suicide of his wife. We see RichMo (lead singer of...
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70 Years of Blackness: The Untangling of Race...

Verda Byrd has been living her entire life as a black woman. Only until the age of 70 Verda made a shocking...
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Target: Philadelphia

The history of black nationalism and police militarization are explored through the 1985 bombing of the MOVE organization in Philadelphia. In 1985 Philadelphia police dropped...
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Farewell Regent

Christene Browne is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist whose work has been broadcast and screened internationally. With the making of “Another Planet" in 1999,...
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Life of Bern – Series Ep1 Ep2

Coming of Age - Drama - 6 eps The web series follows the life of Bern, a teen who was diagnosed with Selective Mutism as...

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12 Ingredients Over the Generations

Filmmaker Sam Hampton bakes a sweet potato pie with his daughter and reflects on the generational ties between his family members. Hampton...
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2 Black Boys

Giovanni Adams' poetry on his black queer journey from boyhood to manhood, isolation to intimacy, roots the narrative of this film that...

A Day with Benton

A 60-year old man suffering from Alzheimer's struggles with the memory of the death of his wife while his adult children fight...
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A Place Called Desire

A Place Called Desire have been in the making for 12 years, offers many unforgettable history lessons applicable to American history, Louisiana...

A Storybook Ending

Get Tickets In a case of mistaken identity, Wale, a 30-something black man accidentally kills a white undercover cop...

American Dream

Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for black people he had in France, Mickael has been living in the United States for...

Black boy joy

Black Boy Joy is a an introspective slice of life story about two generations of Black men, living within thesame household, juggling...

Black Ghost Son

Eddie, a first generation Chinese-American, is learning to become a father and his son, Troy, is navigating the spaces between ethnicity and...
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Body and Son

Logline: A young boy finds an unusual father figure when he finds and befriends a dead body. Body and...

BURDEN

Burden tells the story of Bennett Lewis (Nic Few) a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his...

Clay County

An award-winning documentary portrait of a rural county in the state of Georgia. Eighteen teenage boys attend a Male Awareness class sponsored...

Colors

A young girl must confront the racial differences with her best friend. Get Tickets

Confectionery Conversations

Confectious Tooth is a candy expert who knows almost everything there is to know about candy. Now he's decided to take on...

Crown

A harsh reality is revealed when a wild-haired, self-discovering 13 year old uncovers her mother’s secret teaching the adolescent a lesson on...
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Cutz of Compassion

"Cutz of Compassion" takes a hard look into homelessness and the journey of B. Jawuan Jones, a barber who gives back to the homeless...

Dear Johnny Reb: An argument for the removal...

Stand down and go home, Johnny Reb. This film is an expression of a thought and a desire by...

Double Dragonz

In the wake of the L Train shutdown, two best friends fight to save their struggling Brooklyn bar before they get evicted.

DVD & Chill

In the City of Angels, a jungle filled with predators & opportunists perpetually on the prowl, Zora a beautifully exotic groupie wants...

Entanglement

Joseph Mata is a Rwandan born, New York City immigration lawyer, struggling to find joy and human connection after surviving 1994 Rwandan...

Furtherance

High school freshman Jalen Young, placed on the autism spectrum, must call upon his inner superhero to confront habitual bullying by other...

Georgia

Ten years ago I began filming two families I knew. The day has a shape and that's the shape the film takes,...

Going Down

Going Down is a drama set in a hotel elevator in present day Kingston, Jamaica. It follows Marjorie, a fabulous woman in...
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Gotta Get Down to it

This ­story is a drama about Valerie Martin, a young college professor of African­-American descent, who works at Sedalia College, a small...
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Hit The Road

Based on director Maya Table’s true story, Hit The Road puts a lively spin on the devastating breakup of longtime couple Penny...

January 14th

A young couple’s anniversary takes a bittersweet turn when a police officer pulls the husband over on a questionable traffic stop. Inspired...
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Just A Phase

While investigating a mysterious device found hidden in her car, a low level JPL researcher finds herself the target of government forces...
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Kamika’s Letters

Get Tickets A four-minute short profiling Kamika, whose parents, siblings, and countless other close relatives were repeatedly incarcerated, making...

Leetha

Leetha is a six year-old girl who is headed to school on her own for the first time. Her mother, although reluctant,...
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Life is Fare

Life is FareLife is Fare is a Tigrinya / English feature film exploring three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea....

Little Brother

Keith, a white elementary school teacher, journeys to South Los Angeles to investigate the home life of his gifted student Lamont. When...

Love Like Winter

Part one of “The Love Cycle,” a tetralogy of films chronicling Black love and modern dating— "Love Like Winter" is a quiet...
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Love you right

SYNOPSIS: When a series of events causes Will Clay a successful R&B Artist career to hit rock-bottom, he is forced to come to grips with...
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Lucy

Lucy is a coming of age story about an exceptional deaf girl named Lucy, who struggles to navigate the more grown-up issues...
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Man in Me: The Documentary

Men invite us on a heart felt journey exploring boyhood and fatherhood. Recounting stories of pain and profound healing the film documents...

MINO: A DIASPORIC MYTH

It is 2079. In the utopic haven of Biamara, a Coven of Black womyn who can conceive without men must consider denouncing...

Peanut Butter & Jazz

Tirza Hightower is a jet setting executive ready to shake things up and lay low for awhile. Kam Mercer, a corporate brand...
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Pink Opaque

A story of love, family, hardships, and life in Los Angeles. While struggling to finish his thesis documentary required to graduate, Travis Wolfe reconnects with...

Proudly We Served: Virgin Islands Veterans of the...

“Proudly We Served: Virgin Islands Veterans of the Korean War” is the third in a series of documentaries on Virgin Islanders who...

Remembering Anarcha

Shaded under the shadows of a tall tree on the grounds of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery stands a statue of...

RESPEK

An animated video poem dissecting the detriments of respectability politics. Get Tickets

Restless

In 2014, Geovane, a young man from a poor neighborhood in Brazil, was arrested by the military police and never seen again....

Russ & Dru

Russ’ ex-girlfriend has moved on. Russ has not. At all. He’s obsessed with checking her Instagram and the ribbing from his brother...
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Seen Through A’Mira

A'Mira is a hard working single Black mom living in a world where nothing is given. Faced with decisions that could mean...

Small Dogs

A look at little things making everything better. Get Tickets

The 5th Room

A tragic accident led a woman to isolate herself inside her home for several years. She has built a community inside her...
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The Education of a Negro

After his brother is killed by a cop, Kenny is forced to confront the one thing #blackpeople have feared for over 400...

The New Mother

The New Mother is a 12 minute short experimental drama which explores the delicate paradigm shift between an aging mother and her...
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The Runaways

Abused and neglected, Kellee attempts to run away with her boyfriend James, only to be chased and cornered by her abusive stepfather....

The Truck

A sister decides to take her older brother out for a night of adventure after he experiences his first heartbreak.
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Thee Debauchery Ball

Debauchery Ball is the story of Chicago’s Afro-Futuristic, BDSM, fetish-themed House music party and how it has reshaped the Black social scene...

THERAPY (Motion Picture + Soundtrack)

Get Tickets THERAPY represents the point in the horizon where the future soul kisses the past. The project brings...

They say I’m Your Teacher

Bernice Robinson, a beautician from South Carolina, was the first teacher in the Citizenship Education Schools that taught literacy in order to...

Til We Part

TIL WE PART (written & directed by award winning filmmaker Chigozie Onyeaka) tells the story of Mary (Nikki G. Hewitt) and Ted...

Together

Carver and Ella have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and are trying to decide where to go on their "trip of...

Tori

A successful type A security expert has to have a home monitoring system installed and realizes that her biggest problem maybe what...

Unordinary Occurrence

This is a drama/comedy about a woman that has an encounter with a mysterious co-worker that forces her to face emotions that...

Vacant

In the near future cannabis is legal and ubiquitous across the US. Nia, an out of work millennial, hopes to become a...

What Are You?

'What Are You?' is a short documentary that explores the lives of multiracial people as they reveal the struggles of living in...

What Happened to Henry

The first African American drum major of a major university marching band disappered in 1973 and hasn't been found since.

Yene Fikir

Derived from the traditional Ethiopian language Amharic, "Yene Fikir" translates to "My Love" in English. The film is an exploration of immigrant...

Zanmi

A New Year's Eve party in Martinique. Friends, champagne, an innocent game, unexpected reactions and questioned relationships...New Year's Day 2019 in Martinique.Like...

ZOO

A misunderstanding between three juveniles and a troubled man escalates to a point of no return. Get Tickets

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A Mother

As a town copes with the disappearance of a little girl, a mother of two must come to terms with her own...

A Raging Silence

Young girl denied entrance into a prestigious Arts Academy succeeds her brother in a new way of life.
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Adullam

A young Chicago woman with a well-kept secret enjoys a typical day in the south suburbs.
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Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion is a documentary about the history of basketball. The film is about how the sport, invented by Canadian Dr....

BLOOM

Ambitious underdog, Darnel, will go great lengths to obtain respect. But he may lose more than that when he takes on notorious...
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Body and Son

Logline: A young boy finds an unusual father figure when he finds and befriends a dead body. Body and...
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Brother

Jason and Caleb have been friends for the better part of a decade, but then Casey comes home.
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Crown

A harsh reality is revealed when a wild-haired, self-discovering 13 year old uncovers her mother’s secret teaching the adolescent a lesson on...

Day Ones ep.3

“An American Boy” is a realistic drama set in early 2000s Chicago. The story follows a musically talented young boy who is...

DeMarco Cain

A young man named DeMarco has a chance to escape the streets, but two false friends force him to make a choice...
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Digging for Weldon Irvine

Get Tickets Langston Hughes’ cautionary prose has been the stimulus for some of the most important artistic offerings of...

Dollar and a Dream

Get Tickets A young man recounts his footsteps of being homeless on the streets of Hollywood to chase his...

Dolly

A white babysitter awaits the news of a job commission, meanwhile, she is pestered by the young black girl in her care...

Drunk Girl Therapist

When Lena is brought by her friend Gracie to a therapist with very unorthodox methods, she must overcome her skepticism if she...

ETA

a naive partygirl encounters a shady ETA Driver on what might be the ride of her life
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Fifty & Over Club

"Fifty And Over Club" Starring Steven Williams, Trisha Mann, Alex Mapa, Jeris Poindexter Lamont Bonman and Tripp Law, written by Pat Forte'...
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FINALS

TJ is a full-time college student with a side hustle that could get him into a lot of trouble. As the semester...
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Friends Family and Lovers

Dushon is down on his luck and is always bailing out his cousin, Kenneth, who has serious baby momma drama. He is...

Gramercy

A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown, where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and...
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Grandpa’s Hands

Grandpa’s Hands is a narrative short film about a young black professional, Jackson, who makes a rare visit with his Grandfather who...

Half Ticket

Half Ticket is a 2016 Indian Marathi language film directed by Samit Kakkad and produced by Nanu Jaisinghani, Suresh Jaisinghani and Mohit...
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Here and now

Haitian boy and brazilian girl, surrounded by hardwares.
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Iric

A homeless young man struggles to find his place in the world and make sense of a traumatic childhood.
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Keema & Her Pack

The brutality of child abuse, poverty, racism and homophobia made it difficult for a young woman to open her heart—until a chance...
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Kokokids of Paris

LOU-ANN, a shy 6 year old, meets the smart and witty CHAYA, 8, at a park in Paris. They quickly bond over...

Love The Original Way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=000rJ1I_q3Q Keldamuzik wrote and produced her first short film called "Love The Original Way", directed by Hassan...

Marble

A game of wits where a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or the soul,...
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MINO: A DIASPORIC MYTH

It is 2079. In the utopic haven of Biamara, a Coven of Black women who can conceive without men must consider denouncing...
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Mthunzi

The film follows Mthunzi walking home from the shops as he sees a lady go into seizures in her driveway - he...

Muzzle

11 year old Kayla has learned to make herself invisible. This is particularly useful at home, where it’s better not to be...

My Daughter, Tyler

Marie, a single, Caribbean-American mother, struggles when she discovers her teenage son is transgender. Their relationship is strained until an incident on...
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No Lye: An American Beauty Story

No Lye: An American Beauty Story chronicles the rise and decline of the black-owned ethnic beauty industry in America.
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Nollywood in Focus

34:54by Osahon Akpatain Shorts, African Nollywood in Focus by Iké Udé 
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Omi

A mysterious tape plagues a woman’s marriage, until an unexpected encounter gives her a doorway she must choose to open or close.

Part Of Me

A Award-Winning Drama that follows a small tight-knit family and how they regroup after a dramatic life-changing event.
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Past and Presence

Amos is an everyday guy. Works a 9-5, wakes up each morning to the same routine, yet pretty much self contained within...

Play Day

When well-minded young father, Paul, takes his two children to the park, he impulsively confronts another young father after the two men’s...
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Radio Snatch

In this surreal tale, a man tries to catch his little animal-like radio in the woods after it escapes him.
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Resilient

Based upon a true story, in a life and death struggle to survive, one boy must find the courage to break away...
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Reverse

A stay at home dad embarks on a mission to uncover the truth after believing his girlfriend might be cheating.

STEVE

If grinding in the bustling streets of NYC isn't enough for a Broadway actress, an uninvited 'guest' in her apartment might be...

The Simple Path

“The Simple Path” follows the decision making of Nevaeh, an elder care nurse who struggles emotionally when one of her long-term elderly...
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The West Coast An AmeriKKKan Dream

Post Obama Era, Institutional racism, and systemic racism, exist. Set on The West Coast in Northern California in a...
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Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a coming of age story that follows Hakeem & Darren, best friends and star athletes navigating through the nuances of...
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Young & Naive

Preferring the company of none, Robin searches to find out why all her beautiful and successful friends are single. She uncovered one...
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Zephaniah

Directed by Robert “Fleetwood” Bowden, Zephaniahis gripping documentary showing the challenges of embracing the responsibilities of fatherhood and the...
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“Digging For Weldon Irvine” Interview

Get Tickets About the Film Langston Hughes’ cautionary prose has been the stimulus for some of the...