Tags archives: film festival

  • Brown Babies, Dir. Michaela Kirst (30m /60m) - German

  • SATURDAY :  5pm - S.F. School of Digital Filmmaking: BROWN BABIES - 925 Mission Street Suite 108, (5th and Mission) SUNDAY, JUNE 16-FATHER'S DAY! San Francisco Black Film Festival Father's Day Celebration at the California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco 94107, in the Potrero Hill Neighborhood.  Special Thanks to Supervisor Malia Cohen for her assistance with securing [...]
  • Against the Grain (127M, USA) DIR by Elias Mael

  • An inner-city kid goes to college in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon one day. Award-winning screenwriter and former Laney Student, Elias G. Mael was tired of played-out Hollywood stories in which disadvantaged inner-city youth made it out of poverty by succeeding in sports or entertainment. He wanted to tell a different story, and he has done that with his new film “Against the Grain[...]
  • Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

  • From the beginning of her life to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011—not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her receipt of the 2011 GRAMMY® for Best New Artist was unprecedented—the first time a jazz musician had won the award— but Spalding contin[...]
  • The Black Fatherhood Project (74m, U S A) dir. by Jordan Thierry

  • First-time filmmaker Jordan Thierry offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, he traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much more complex and profound than is often told. Putting that history into perspective is a dialogue among fathers discussing the[...]
  • "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp"

  • "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp", examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, [...]
  • JOY, IT'S NINA (34m, United Kingdom) dir. by Jane Thorburn

  • Shot in England and Nigeria by Jane Thorburn, this evocative and original film builds on the experiences and emotional lives of West African women living in the UK separated from their families. The stories are based on news and court reports and Joy Elias-Rilwan's own life, including voice mails left on her answer-machine by the legendary singer Nina Simone, her friend and self proclai[...]
  • The FADE: A Clean Cut Documentary

  • Big Bright Films debut their feature length documentary The Fade; the distinctive film presents an exclusive window into the lives of 4 barbers, including Johnny "Cakes" Castellanos; responsible for the images of two of hip-hop's icons, Jay Z and Pharel Williams. The observational film seamlessly transports us to and from Accra, London, New Jersey and Kingston submitting to its inhibited narra[...]
  • TRUE BLUES (85m, U S A) dir. by Daniel Patinkin

  • TRUE BLUES is a celebration of the contemporary performers of traditional blues. A blend of thoughtful conversation and live concert appearances, this feature documentary gives viewers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at six of the greatest living blues artists: Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guy Davis, and Phil Wiggins.
  • The Retrieval (94m, U S A) dir. by Chris Eska

  • Set on the outskirts of the U.S. Civil War, The Retrieval follows a fatherless 13 year-old boy sent north by his bountyhunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a wanted man. During their journey towards the unwitting wanted man’s reckoning, the initially distant pair develops unexpected emotional bonds. As his feelings grow, the boy is consumed by conflicting emotions and a gut-wrenching[...]
  • Y.T.F. (Yesterday, Today, and Forever) (46m, U S A) dir. by Domingo Guyton

  • Jesus Christ in a modern world today. His Disciples are hip hop artists. See how Jesus interacts with the social ills of today, and you will see His Word stands firm Yesterday, Today and Forever. Imagine if Jesus Christ had never existed until this present time. How would He interact in today’s society? How would He respond to the current day issues? He would respond the same way He did ove[...]