Saturday Buriel Clay Theater (762 Fulton Street)

 


Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 12pm


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Building Blocks
Arthur Gallery
00:15:13

An Oakland born filmmaker named Diggy develops conflicting emotions for an ethereal poet named Faith. After a ground-breaking night of screening his short film, he’s approached by a distributor who promises to make all his dreams come true. Amidst one-sided advice, he decides to end things with Faith in order to move to LA and pursue his seemingly picture-perfect dreams.

The God Given Talent: The Creative Life of Charles Curtis Blackwell
Jeff M. Giordano
01:10:00

Charles Curtis Blackwell: the Oakland poet, painter, playwright and teacher — takes us on an intimate journey into his past and present. From his challenging upbringing in both California and Mississippi, to his current creative life, we follow as he discusses loss, love, pain, and redemption — all through the prism of his artistic endeavors.

Total Runtime: 1:25:00

 


Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm


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The High Bridge   
Benedict Campbell
00:09:20

A Bronx teenager reluctantly confronts fatherhood when his young daughter visits her doctor.

The Reckoning
Christopher Malcolm Reese
00:12:48

In order to save his own life, a gangbanger being held hostage must appeal to the empathy of his kidnapper.

Snowball
Paul Rivet
00:13:43

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

The Last Taboo
Emily M. Blake
00:12:40

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.

The Talk
Emily M. Blake
00:07:30

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.

Jamaal: Through The Lens
00:12:07

A young man from the South Bronx discovers photography as his way to escape his past history of abuse and neglect.

Disparity: A Tale of 2 Pushaz
Justin Givens
00:22:31

Meet Charlie, he’s white and was just arrested for selling powder cocaine. Meet Syd, he’s black and was just arrested for selling crack cocaine, Despite being caught with the same drug, the differences in their treatment will highlight how race and class influences your fate navigating the broken U.S justice system.

Night Diner
Khaled Ridgeway
00:08:57

A twenty-something African American foodie (DEVIN), currently on vacation, uses a Yelp-like app to locate a 5-star reviewed local diner. After narrowly beating their closing time, Devin finds himself the lone customer to a too-eager-to-please Chef (PAUL) and waitress (RITA), both Caucasian. His dining experience soon goes from awkward to bizarre to downright scary, ultimately leaving Devin to contemplate whether he should challenge their coveted 5-star rating.

Iago
Director: Amit Bhalla
00:20:45

Los Angeles, 1969. Authorities have laid siege upon the Black Panther Party and killed General Othello’s most trusted lieutenant. The painful loss pushes the valiant leader to broker a truce with the police and direct his troops to serve their community. In aid of this peace, Othello appoints Cassio his new second-in-command, passing over Iago, and leaving himself vulnerable to a secret campaign to reignite the violence. Boiling with jealousy and power-hungry narcissism, Iago sets in motion a devilish plan to undo Othello, Cassio and Othello’s secret wife, Desdemona.

Cancelled
Director: Carl Reid
00:11:31

A man’s Uber refuses to pick him up because of his race.  The incident sparks an intense conversation between two friends that proves more eye-opening than the initial event itself.Total Runtime: 1:40:00


Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 4pm


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The Anthem of Our Souls
Jahmal Holland
12:37

In the summer of 2017, LIQUID Arts and Productions LLC completed a film and community mural in the city of Watts, California, for a project titled The Anthem of Our Souls.
The Anthem of Our Souls is a film which combines the creative process of a community collaborative mural, with stories depicting the issues on the hearts of the collaborators.
The stories arise from individual experiences, community concerns and reflections on cultural history. As the film winds through the mural’s creation, many of the artists and contributors involved lead us through individual vignettes, which provide a closer look into the profoundly personal concerns and experiences which inspired the art.Instead of “Talking Head” interviews, the storytellers use poetry, song, drama and rap to communicate the film’s points of view.

Boost
Director: Darren Curtis
1h 35min

Boost is a thrilling look at the lives of two teenage best friends from Montreal who become entangled with the mob after a car they stole is involved in a fatal accident. Hakeem is the teenage son of east African immigrant parents living in Montreal’s tough Parc-Ex neighbourhood. Along with his best friend ‘A-Mac’, they work after school at Hakeem’s uncle’s car wash ’spotting’ luxury sports cars for a local crime syndicate to make extra money. A-Mac eventually persuades Hakeem to boost a car on their own leading to dire consequences and forcing Hakeem to make a life altering decision and define the type of man he will become.

Total Runtime: 1:35:00

 

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The FilmMore Grand Theater

6pm


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Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me
Olivia Lichtenstein
01:46:00

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.

Total Runtime: 1:46:00