Category archives: 2014

  • The Bravest, the Boldest

  • Directed by: Moon Molson On the way back up to her apartment from the basement laundry, Sayeeda Porter -- an African-American woman living in the Harlem projects -- discovers that two Army Notification Officers are going to her same floor. Instead of getting off with them, she remains on the elevator, watching to see if they go to her door. They do, and since Sayeeda’s son Corey has bee[...]
  • CHANGING FACE OF HARLEM

  • Directed by: Shawn Batey Told through the personal accounts of residents, business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy, Changing Face of Harlem explores the development and transition of the historic Black community over a ten- year span. The film tackles the pressing issues of class and cultural preservation as the neighborhood struggles to change for the better. https:/[...]
  • Death of a Wizard

  • Directed by: Edward Varnie In the wake of civil unrest sweeping the country, African American teens Virgil and Remmy decide it's time to turn the tables on a prominent member of their community - a KKK Grand Wizard. Caught between their friendship and burning desire for justice is Billy, a 12-year-old Caucasian boy with a limited understanding about the nature of hate and violence. h[...]
  • Fingerprints (2014)

  • Directed by: Robyn Charles Fingerprints draws us into a world in which an individual is faced with battling demons that only arise from the most opaque recesses of the human mind - the outward manifestation of an internal war that is profoundly human. Gregory Marks is a comedian on the rise who does not realize his comedy is a defense mechanism that masks a dark side he unleashes when pursuing [...]
  • CHAINWHEEL

  • Directed by: Sean Tambour Marshall Nyssa, a young Black woman returns to the United States from Africa with wisdom and knowledge gained from traditional African Elders. She shares this insight with her cousin James, and dissects Western culture, while reconnecting to Indigenous African core cultures. Features an epic bicycle journey throughout San Francisco that highlights the socio-economic cl[...]
  • Comeuppance

  • dir. by Dewey Ortiz Jr. Opportunities don't come along often in the small town of Comeuppance, so when a job working for the Mayor opens up Daniel takes it without realizing just how far it will take him from the life he knows. Discovering a talent for violence he'd never imagined, he soon takes his place as enforcer for the town's corrupt dark side. But when he finds himself facing off against[...]
  • Black and Cuba

  • directed by Robin Hayes 'Black and Cuba' follows street-smart students, who are outcasts at an elite Ivy League university, as they band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. While filming their poignant encounters with AfroCuban youth, breathtaking sites and moving hip-hop performances, the travelers confront realities behind myths of color-blindness and social[...]
  • Til' Infinty - SOULS of MISCHIEF

  •  Director Shomari Smith The trailer/teaser for the documentary about the Souls of Mischief's album 93 'Til Infinity offers  a nice taste of what's to come with the 2013 release of this in-depth documentary on the famed Hieroglyphics crew's landmark 1993 debut album. "I've conducted over 50 interviews with notable emcees, producers and DJs for this project," said Oakland filmmaker/lifelong So[...]
  • Stay

  • Directed by: Jackson Kroopf A meditation on anxiety and identity in the workplace, Stay is the story of Lorraine Delaney, a young, black lawyer who just lost her first job in a corporate firm. For weeks, Lorraine lives in a state of crisis, lying to the people she loves most. Stan Ashberry, her white building manager, seems to be the only one to take notice, as he begins to see her around the a[...]
  • PUDDIN'

  • Directed by: Tiana Marenah Puddin, a young woman of 17 desires to leave the pressures of her single-parent household to become a nun in the 1960's. She is rejected because of a technicality, and as a result, Puddin experiences a crisis of faith. Blinded by youthful inexperience, she experiments with her own sexuality, in the end coming back to an understanding of family. https://vime[...]
  • ANATOMY OF ASSISTANCE

  • Directed by: Cory Bowles 15 year-old, Talia, is defiant, refuses the system, and thinks she’s got it all figured out. When she challenges the assistance envelope given to her by her school, she’s suddenly thrust in a daisy chain of errors that lead her to face a larger system: growing up. A coming of age with a touch of satire, ANATOMY OF ASSISTANCE is a youthful look at institution and the[...]