Category archives: 2019

  • The Reckoning

  • 12:48 by Chris Reese in Shorts Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm TICKET In order to save his own life, a gangbanger being held hostage must appeal to the empathy of his kidnapper. Director Biography - christopher malcolm reese Chris is an actor that is also a writer, producer, and director. He has had his films play in several festivals across the country, and his short 'The Conversa[...]
  • Snowball

  • 13:43 by Paul Rivet in Student Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm TICKET Andre Willis wants nothing more than to be taken seriously as an actor. There’s just one thing. He’s black and that’s all that the casting directors see. Sick and tired of stereotypical roles and typecasting in Hollywood, Andre decides to audition for a television remake of "Glengarry Glen Ross" in whiteface. After land[...]
  • Birth of Afrobeat

  • 7:00 by OPIYO OKEYO in Shorts 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. Friday Buriel Clay Theater 3:30pm Director Biography - Opiyo Okeyo Opi[...]
  • Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History

  • Friday 1330 Fillmore JHC 1:15pm 01:37:38 by Aiwan O in Documentary 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. Surpr[...]
  • Utopia

  • 15:00 by Aimiende Negbenebor Sela in Shorts TICKETS In this surreal drama about self-acceptance, an aspirational sunny California blond wakes up from a coma in Uganda; and no, nothing is as it seems. Director Biography - Aimiende Negbenebor Sela Director of the award-winning short films Utopia, and Asa, A Beautiful Girl, Aimiende Negbenebor Sela, aka Aimi, is a descendant of Ni[...]
  • No me olvidaré de ti - I Will Not Forget You

  • 11:24 by laila Petrone in Shorts Friday Buriel Clay Theater 12pm 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. Director Biography - Laila Petrone Peynado Laila Petrone is an Italian/Dominican filmmaker. Born in the U.K., she was raised between Rome a[...]
  • Sarah

  • Friday 1330 Fillmore (Lush Life Theater) 12pm 13:00 by Charles Anderson in Shorts, Local (Bay Area) GET TICKET 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.
  • The Last Taboo

  • 12:40 by Emily M. Blake in Student Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm An ode to Toni Morrison's, "The Bluest Eye," and based on a true story. The Last Taboo explores the themes of colorism and unrequited love through seventeen year old Jonathan, who goes mad after suffering intolerable rejection, humiliation, and pain. TICKET Director Biography - Emily M. Blake After graduating with a[...]
  • The Talk

  • 7:30 by Emily M. Blake in Student Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm For African Americans, The Talk, is about more than just the birds and the bees. On his way to a big date, seventeen year old J.J. has a talk with his dad, but Dad couldn't prepare him for this. Director Biography - Emily M. Blake After earning a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University I earned a Master's de[...]
  • BodyMore

  • 15:01 by Shannon Shird in Shorts Sunday JHC 12pm TICKETS It's a time of mounting tension when tenacious and free-spirited political activist, Carrie Cook returns home to Baltimore to protest the acquittal of police in a public and brutal killing of a Black man. An invitation to a party from a childhood friend brings Carrie’s personal life into collision with her politics as an intim[...]
  • Dara - The first time when I went to sky

  • 18:04 by Renato Candido De Lima in Shorts Friday Buriel Clay Theater 12pm 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. Director Biogr[...]