friday 2016

Important Addresses
Yoshi’s | 1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
AAACC Buriel Clay Theater | 762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
Origin | 1538 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA
BooM BooM RooM | 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
Lush Life Gallery | 1320 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

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FRI | YOSHI’S | 12PM-2PM z-torn-lgarrowupTORN (32M)

short (32min) Korey and Angela have been in love for the past 5 years. Korey is now ready to take their relationship to the next level but Angela doesn’t share the same sentiment.

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arrowupJUDY’S CHILD (21M)

shorts (21minProudly independent Madison, has a firm routine in place for family, job, and sleep, until a quick trip to her doctor destroys her routine and leaves her with a burden that’s too heavy to carry alone.

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arrowupBOX (13M)

short (13min) Cassandra’s first day at her dream job turns into a nightmare when Jordan, in human resources, makes an unreasonable demand of her

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arrowupBEVERLEY (25M)

short (25min) Beverley follows a mixed race girl’s struggles to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape, 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present – a threat that extends beyond her own safety – more importantly she must protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile, Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.

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arrowupLOS ANGELES 1991 (10M)

short (10min) Los Angeles, 1991. The streets have become a hotbed of racial tension and hate about to burst … Today is an important day for Eladio: he is going to avenge the death of his older brother. Within minutes he will find out that he is not the only one who has reasons to kill someone.

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FRI | YOSHI’S | 2PM-4PM

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arrowupACROSS THE TRACKS (16MIN)

short (16min) Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia. But one is born with fair skin and when schools integrate in their small town, she decides to change her destiny – by passing for white.

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arrowupSTRANGE FRUIT (8MIN)

shorts (8min) Interpretation of the poem by Abel Meeropol in modern times, October travels down Middle American Main Street and finds himself trapped in a fatal cycle. At the end of the day, Who is to Blame? The Fruit or the Root?

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arrowupVERONA (80MIN)

feature (80min USA) Verona, a beautiful young woman in antebellum Georgia, is born into to a prominent family. Yet, being of mixed-race, she is made a slave by her own father, and is forbidden to love anyone, slave or free. Becoming infatuated by a young slave, Verona is, soon after, forced by her circumstances to come to terms with the futility of her new romance

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FRI | YOSHI’S | 4PM-6PM

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arrowupJERICO (98M)

feature – comedy (98min) Best friends, Jerico Walker and Jarvis Cook , set out on the morning of the signing of the civil rights act of 1964 with aspirations to capture the newly available Paper Press Manager promotion

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arrowupTHE BOOTS (12M)

short (12min USA) In this modern day silent comedy, an adorable little guy named DONOVAN goes on a shopping trip with his family and spots a pair of boots that he simply must have. After being told no, he throws an epic tantrum which results in him spending the summer learning a lesson he’ll never forget…be careful what you ask for.

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FRI | AAACC | 6PM-9:30PM

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BLACK FUTURIST | FRI | AAACC | PART OF THE 6PM-9:30PM BLOCK

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Synopsis on Hot Comb: The Masquerade | 13:29 | Directed by Karen Seneferu

Hot Comb: The Masquerade is a short silent video that will be developed into a full length film. It is a 7 chapter narrative about how spiritual ancestors return to various historical sites both within and outside of the Black community in the Bay Area

The first chapter focuses on the merging of these spirits by the Goddess Oshun to transform these spaces from memorial to healing.


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Synopsis on The Black Woman is God Documentary | Directed by Idris Hassan

The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming That God Code” is a film that documents an art project that is becoming a spiritual and artistic movement. The film captures some of the most important Black women who are artists, activists, and community stewards that have shaped the landscape of the Bay Area and the world. The film captures what is means to use art as a vehicle to change the cultural reality of the Black community by presenting the iconography of God being Black and female with the intention of bringing the the community back in harmony with itself.

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VIEW TRAILER HERE: https://youtu.be/OmgHWKkSAbc

Nola Circus
NOLA CIRCUS chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of a black neighborhood in Algiers Point (New-Orleans), the lives that intercross around two barber shops facing each other on the main street. On one side there is Will, a black hairdresser who preaches against racial prejudices while having a secret affair with Nola, a young white woman who is dreaming of Broadway.
On the other, there is Marvin, well known sex addict who’s having a passionate affair with Karen, a small time pot dealer. The tensions sharpen on the day when Denzel, Nola’s super protective brother starts sinking into the compulsive jealousy, the day when three Ku Klux Klan members show up at Will’s place to kidnap him.

POSTER FOR NOLA CIRCUS

VIEW TRAILER HERE: https://youtu.be/OmgHWKkSAbc

Beeda Weeda | VIDEO

Music Video Showcase & Panel | TBA

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arrowupCORA (22M)

Cora, an African American woman living in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1966, owns and operates “Cora’s Place”, a “Colored Only” dinner, while raising a son and supporting her gambling addicted husband, Winston. Because she feeds a poor white man, the racist town sheriff invades the restaurant and beats her patrons, threatening to shut her down. Cora finds solace in the courage of friend Charles but knows the peace is temporary. At home Winston accuses her of infidelity with Charles and violently attacks her when she protests that he gambles her money away. When Charles stumbles into the restaurant beaten nearly to death, and Cora learns Winston did this, not the sheriff, she faces the truth that living free means leaving all behind.

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arrowupSARA & DENNIS (12M)

short (12min) A couple confronts their differences through a seemingly innocent game of ‘would you rather?’

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arrowupUNDERNEATH THE GREY (16M)

short(16min) when an inspiring singer Jessica is romantically interested in a blind man, Ethan, they’ll soon to discover the spirit of their new found relationship.

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arrowupExile Incessant

Two South African families live in self imposed exile in London. Muzikhayise Dube and his daughter Nomaliso arrived in the 80’s after her father was killed by the security police. With his dying wish he implored his younger brother to keep his daughter safe. Gerri van Staaden and his son Ryan came over in the 90’s because Gerrie, a member of the Bureau of State Security, was afraid of reprisals for his actions during Apartheid. Ryan and Lizzie fall in love and the film negotiates the couple’s trials at the hand of their elders. 

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arrowupThe Good Son

A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harboured from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.

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