Films

ABC’S THE LAST DEFENSE: THE JULIUS JONES STORY

Executive Producer: Juvee Production (Julius Tennon and Viola Davis)

FEATURED SCREENING

We are proud to present a Featured Screening of ABC’s The Last Defense, a project from Executive Producer Juvee Productions (Viola Davis and her husband and Austinite Julius Tennon) on Friday, August 31 from 12:30p – 2:30p.

Episode 2 of The Last Defense focuses on the death row case of Julius Jones, a 21-year-old African American college student in Oklahoma sentenced to death for carjacking and murder.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion about the creation of the series and the journey of investigating the Julius Jones death row case. The panelists will feature Co-creators and EPs Vanessa Potkin and Aida Leisenring, Director Amani Martin, Executive Producer Andrew Wang, Federal Public Defender Amanda Bass, and Jones’s friend and ally Jimmy Lawson.



 

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: THE C.R. ROBERTS STORY

USA 128 MINS

Director: Jeremy Sadowski

FEATURED SCREENING

CCBFF will host a Special Screening of Breaking Down Barriers on Friday, August 31 at 7:30PM at the Austin Convention Center with Director Jerry Sadowski and other Special Guests in attendance.

Breaking Down Barriers is a timely documentary about athlete C.R. Roberts, a Civil Rights pioneer born in Mississippi in 1936 and raised in Oceanside, California, eventually attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s.

This documentary explores the beginning early stages of the Civil Rights movement through the viewpoint of a little-known legacy, which continues to bring people of all colors and races together.


F.A.M.

USA 30 MINS

Inspired by a true story, F.A.M. is a half-hour drama about a black blended family trying to live a normal live in the alll-white suburb of Roswell, GA. The story covers the life of Trey, who is balancing his relationship with three women: Traci (his ex and mother of his child), Dara (his new wife), and Olivia – his 15-year-old daughter who is struggling with her sexuality. Trey navigates the challenges of having a daughter coming out in a subculture of homophobia and co-parenting with a woman hell-bent on destroying his marriage.

Director: Kyle Romanek | Writer: Anthony Williams | Producer: Mallory Cunningham

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Grace

USA 16 MINS

Grace’s younger sister Angela has made it clear that she has a family of her own and can no longer care for their father. On this particular day, we go on a journey with Grace as she struggles between taking care of her father who suffers from early signs of dementia or missing out on a job opportunity that could rekindle her love: teaching.

Director: Eboni Adams | Writer: Eboni Adams | Producer: Eboni Adams

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Unarmed

USA 6 Minutes

Unarmed follows a young African-American man, David, whose father was murdered by the police. David’s biggest fear is seeing his daughter grow up the same as himself, without a father. The film follows David on his journey to be a good parent while exploring the trauma remaining from his formative, tragic loss.

Director | Writer: Elias Moreno | Producers: Chaz Moreno, Joseph Tesfaye

Cast: Joshua Reed, Austin Moses, Nadira Shakir

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Through the Walls

USA 45 MINS

Centered on a historic peace concert inside San Quentin State Prison, we follow a family who lost not one, but two sons, to senseless gun violence and the people they embrace.

Director: Jennie-Sue Nuccio | Writer: Karen Everett | Producers: Jennie-Sue Nuccio, Alicia Kester, Francesca Texidor, Russell Jurney

Cast: Henry Montgomery

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Clinte

USA 9 MINS

Clinte is an 18 year old runaway slave who details the events that led him to commit a heinous crime. His story inquires as to how far one will go to be liberated, and if murder is ever justifiable.

Director: Darcell Bios | Writer: Darcell Bios | Producer: Darcell Bios

Cast: Darcell Bios, Evan McCloskey

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Consumed

USA 4 MINS

A woman has a hard time coming to terms with what a past choice, and it comes back to haunt her.

Director: Milani Cruz | Writer: Milani Cruz | Producer: Milani Cruz

Cast: Shayna Sternin, Elizabeth Wolfing

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Black Bodies

USA 82 MINS

“Black Bodies” is a Moore Media film production which takes candid, thoughtful, courageous exploration into what it means to be Black in America and in the world. We talk with Black people of different ages, backgrounds, religions, nationalities, and skin tones to learn from them what it means to exist in their Black bodies.

Director: Charlotte Moore | Writer: Charlotte Moore | Producer: Charlotte Moore

Cast: Ensemble Interviews

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Brooklyn In July

USA 21 MINS

This is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. In the summer of 1945, the U.S. is riding a wave of anticipated wartime triumph as the undertow of unresolved domestic issues rolls beneath. Frank, hoping to escape a traumatic past, is drawn to New York with the promise of a better life. However, he finds himself confronted by the same realities, fear, and prejudice.

Director: Bob Celli | Writer: Bob Celli | Producer: Bob Celli, Laura Delano

Cast: Thaddeus Daniels, Suzette Gunn, Judy Krause, Melvin P. Huffnagle

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Ain’t Too Much to Ask

USA 4 MINS

One homeless veteran is one too many; prevention is the key. After returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, we then have to fight the war at home. For some veterans, American soil is the most hostile territory they have experienced. Homelessness was a mission they were never trained for.

Director: Jas Boothe | Writer: Jas Boothe | Producer: Jas Boothe

Cast: Cowboy Jax

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The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

USA 110 MINS

An absorbing and historic recollection of one of the nation’s pre-eminent African-American medical training hospitals, The Homer G. Phillips Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri. Interviews include second generation physician and hospital alumnus Dr. Earle Robinson Jr. (1963), whose father was one of the first interns to graduate in 1939.

Directors | Writers: Joyce Fitzpatrick, Brian Shackelford | Producers: Joyce Fitzpatrick, Brian Shackelford, Rebecca Robinson-Williams

Cast: Earle U. Robinson MD, Walle Amusa, Ezelle Sanford II, Will Ross MD/MPH

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Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph

USA 77 MINS

Mass media has inundated the general public with the images of irresponsible, uninvolved, dead beat Black fathers. However, this is not always the case. The men and families in this documentary portray the other side of the coin; engaged, involved, invested Black fathers.

Director: Maia Porter | Writer: Khalid White | Producers: Khalid White, Executive Producer, Maia Porter, Co-Producer

Cast: Douglas Fort, Eric Handy, Steven Millner, Stanley Cox, Kennedy Safo, Marlin Brown, Chris Underwood, Tiffani Underwood

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Deeds Not Words: Conversations with Robert P. Madison

USA 57 MINS

In 2017, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards reported that in the Practice Analysis of Architecture, only 1.2% of board-certified architects were African-American. Juxtaposed against this daunting statistic is the force of nature known as Robert Madison. In addition to his accomplishments in the architectural field, Madison is a World War II veteran, advocate, mentor and full subscriber to the American Dream. Robert Madison is a true living hero with a story relevant to the continued discourse on race and opportunity in America.

Director: Derek Morton | Writer: Derek Morton | Producers: Derek Morton, Rachel Fraser-Ofori

Cast: Christopher Mann, Narrator

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My C.R.I.T.I.C.

USA 18 MINS

This experimental short film pits a young woman against her biggest critic, a version of herself. Through the film we meet her on two extremes, but by the end we see her free herself from her critic the only way she can.

Director: Jessica E. Williams | Writer: Jessica E. Williams | Producer: Jessica E. Williams

Cast: Jessica E. Williams

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The Adulterer

USA 15 MINS

Hugh is in his 12th year of marriage. He is tempted to an affair with an enigmatic stranger. As the story untwists we realize what’s at stake.

Director: Bobby Yan | Writer: Gian Smith | Producer: Gian Smith

Cast: Jasmine B. Johnson, Kenneth Brown

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Unarmed (The Short)

USA 22 MINS

Dontae, a disadvantaged black youth, gets an unique opportunity to have a heart-to-heart with an officer about the broken relationship between the police and communities of color.

Director: Krystal Bolden | Writer: Krystal Bolden | Producer: Victoria Kraus

Cast: Jordan Tate, Trey Enis, Kimberly Ryans

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Li’l Mayne and the Knuckleheads

USA 135 MINS

15-year-old mathematical prodigy Li’l Mayne and his four best friends cope with the challenges of growing up on the rough side of town.

Director: Brian K. Burns | Writer: Brian K. Burns | Producer: Brian K. Burns

Cast: Christian Zerangue, Angelo Dylen, Chris Hawkins, Henry J. Smith III

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Jesse Lott: Art & Activism

USA 29 MINS

This 29-minute documentary focuses on internationally recognized Houston artist, Jesse Lott. Shot by 28 at-risk-teens taught by the director/editor, the film highlights Jesse Lott’s art, activism and his mentors. Lott is one of the co-founders of Project Row Houses and highlighted in the National Museum of African American History in Culture.

Director: Cressandra Thibodeaux | Writer: Cressandra Thibodeaux | Producer: Cressandra Thibodeaux

Cast: Ensemble Interviews

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Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

USA 119 MINS

The man abolitionist Frederick Douglass once called “the most promising young colored man in America”, Paul Laurence Dunbar was a nationally prolific author of essays critical of Jim Crow laws, lynching, and what was commonly called “The Negro Problem.” Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Dunbar’s life mirrors the African-American experience at the turn of the 19th century.

Director: Frederick Lewis | Writer: Frederick Lewis | Producers: Joseph Slade, Frederick Lewis

Cast: Barry Scott as Narrator

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Fôrra

BRAZIL 14 MINS

Bastião, son of a slave, and Inácio, the future heir to a sugar mill, are friends until their social conditions separate them. A love triangle between the two and Elza twenty years later culminates in a struggle for survival.

Director:Felipe Mondoni | Writer: Felipe Mondoni | Producers: Pauline Gras, Thiago Gutier

Cast: Júlio Silvério, Mario Bregieira, Thaís Cabral

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The Possibility of Her

USA 86 MINS

The Possibility of Her is a feature-length documentary highlighting 12 women of color engaged in non-traditional careers or passions. The film delves into each woman’s personal and professional life including their beginnings, challenges, and opinions on gender norms while addressing myths and misconceptions about women in their respective fields.

Director: William Feagins Jr. | Writer: William Feagins Jr. | Producer: William Feagins Jr.

Cast: Afua Richardson, DJ Aquaria, Ayo Abdullah, Damita Howard, Stacy Epps

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Bawo Wam

SOUTH AFRICA 5 MINS

South African musician Bongeziwe Mabandla shares the official music video for his latest single “Bawo Wam”. Shot in black and white, and featuring stunning double exposed footage, the visuals amplify the song’s powerful Xhosa message.

Director: Rick Joaquim | Writer: Rick Joaquim | Producer: Rick Joaquim

Music: Bongeziwe Mabandla

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Intercept

USA 17 MINS

After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman’s desperate plans are intercepted.

Director: Jackie J. Stone | Writer: Baily Brown | Producer: Bailey Brown

Cast: Taja V. Simpson, Sabrina Revelle

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Blue Diamonds

USA 11 MINS

A group of friends dealing with intimacy issues decide to resort back to their thieving ways to solve their problem and make some extra money in the process.

Director: Patrick House | Writer: Patrick House | Producer: Eva Minemar

Cast: Tony D. Head, Cecelia Antoinette, Jas Anderson, Roland Sands, Sarah Doneghy, Aida Olubayo Bankole

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Swing Low

USA 34 MINS

In the days prior to the Civil War an extraordinary slave named Samuel battles the confines of slavery. When Thompson (a rival plantation owner) is unsuccessful in his attempt to buy Samuel, he sets out on a mission of murder. After Samuel’s death, his owner (Kincaid) makes a deal with a mystic who, in turn, raises Samuel from the grave. A ride of terror ensues that tip the scales of justice towards the realm of revenge.

Director: Marvin Towns Jr. | Writer: Phil Elam | Producer: Phil Elam

Cast: Phil Elam, Curtis Lee Vest, Andy Rathburg, Brooke Mallon

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The Essentials of John Quinn

USA 19 MINS

A story based in the hip-hop/rap world where two best friends chase their musical careers. When their childhood sweetheart steals both their hearts, music isn’t the only thing they’re chasing.

Director: Marcus Wells | Writer: Marcus Wells | Producer: Marcus Wells

Cast: Pedro Louis, Chase Gutzmore, Michaela Downes

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What Death Leaves Behind

USA 86 MINS

After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences a constant plague of nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor’s violent murder. This non-linear psychological thriller follows him down a dark path of vengeance and unbearable truth.

Director: Scott Hamilton | Writers: Rachel Ofori, Chad Morton, Scott Hamilton, Nico Giampietro | Producers: Rachel Ofori, Scott Hamilton

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Respect Our Black Dollars

USA 44 MINS


Respect Our Black Dollars follows Mississippi community activist Stanley Wesley and an elite team of community organizers as they shed light on the mistreatment of African-American patrons while also promoting local black owned businesses. With the murder of James Anderson as catalyst, this documentary tells those stories while also following the organization as they attempt to create financial empowerment and fight for the overall mistreatment of African Americans within the community.

Director: Chris Windfield | Writer: Chris Windfield | Producer: Chris Windfield

Cast: Stanley Wesley

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Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story

USA 87 MINS

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history.

Director: Jon Strong | Writer: Ted Haddock | Producers: Ted Haddock, John King, Michael Tollin

Cast: Stewart Hall Jr, Will Preyer, Andrew Young, Cal Ripken Jr, Davey Johnson, Hank Aaron, Gary Sheffield

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In the Know with Shari Belafonte

USA 28 MINS

‘In the Know’ was created by Stacey Blanchet as a sit down conversation style with people that have lead interesting lives in multiple fields of interest. This episode, we sit down with Shari Belafonte, model/actress/film maker/singer and all around entertainer about her life growing up with iconic activist, Harry Belafonte.

Director | Writer | Producer: Stacey Blanchet

Cast: Shari Belafonte

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A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

USA 85 MINS

In a world full of brilliant performers, Leroy Jones is a musician’s musician. Follow Jones’ life journey as he came up playing on the streets of the Saint Bernard Projects and 7th Ward in New Orleans, established himself as one of NOLA’s most sought after trumpeters, founded both the legendary Fairview Baptist Brass Band and Hurricane Brass Band, and worked for the past 20 years with Harry Connick Jr.

Director | Writer: Cameron Washington | Producers: Ramfis Myrthil, Cameron Washington

Cast: Leroy Jones, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Herlin Riley

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Thanksgiving Clapback

USA 4 MINS

The family reunites for Thanksgiving dinner but as insults and shade fly around the table, a good-spirited family gathering quickly turns into a war of words.

Director: Brandon Hairston | Writer: Brandon Hairston | Producer: Brandon Hairston

Cast: Brad Watson, Karen Elle, Isatta Mansarab, Jessica Sweet, Eugene Sweet, Alonzo Hatton, Vicki Carroll

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The Reckoning

USA 13 MINS

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

Director: Christopher Malcolm Reese | Writer: Christopher Malcolm Reese | Producers: Shalonda Shaw Reese, Christopher Malcolm Reese

Cast: Christopher Malcolm Reese

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Lessons in Seeing

USA 99 MINS

When elderly math teacher Sibhatleab ventures alone from a refugee camp in Ethiopia, he finds himself at the bottom rung of the social ladder in a vast, faceless Texan metropolis the summer before a contentious election.

Director: Yehuda Sharim | Writer: Yehuda Sharim | Producers: Yan Digilov & The Firestarter Group

Cast: Sibhatleab Gebrekedin Mebrahtu, Theodoros Gliptis, Lula Tikabo, Nura Mohamed, Mehbrat Kahsay

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Pink & Blue

USA 7 MINS

In a house where toys are segregated by gender, the practice is finally challenged by a few toys who see greater possibilities.

Director: James Parris | Writers: James Parris, Suzannah Ferron | Producer: Elizabeth Hitt

Cast: Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Yvette Nicole Brown, LeVar Burton

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The Good Son

UK 14 MINS

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

Director: Tomisin Adepeju | Writer: Tomisin Adepeju | Producer: Tomisin Adepeju

Cast: Gbolahan Obisesan, Grace Fitzgerald, Tomi Ogunjobi, Femi Ogunjobi, Alex Alexander

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Discharged

USA 30 MINS

A mismatched quartet of not-so-honorably discharged military veterans reveal the good, the bad and the dark side of patriotism on Hollywood.

Director: Jas Boothe | Writer: Jas Boothe | Producer: Jas Boothe

Cast: Earl Granville, Jonathan Lopez, Michael J. Penney

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Unspeakable

USA 18 MINS

A School Social Worker will stop at nothing to save a student from his abusive mother.

Director: Nicole ‘Soul’ Creary | Writer: Nicole ‘Soul’ Creary | Producer: Nicole ‘Soul’ Creary

Cast: John Jackson Jr., Terrah Bennett Smith, Alexia Smith, Glenn Payne

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Guion

CANADA 20 MINS

GUION is a short, narrative biopic that tells the story of Guion Bluford, as he grapples with the reality that he is to become the first African American man in space.

Director: Sagi Kahane-Rapport | Writers: Sagi Kahane-Rapport, Adam Madryzk | Producers: Sagi Kahane-Rapport, Adam Madryzk, Dominik Haake, Jake Manley

Cast: Emmanuel Kabongo, Olunike Adeliyi, Neil Whitely, Eric Hicks, Dion Johnstone

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Urban Press

USA 6 MINS

Urban Press begins with the introduction of James Franklin. James is a Southern boy who, after losing his parents, decides to leave his small hometown to make it in New York City. The show is a comedy that will explore dark stereotypes through the eyes of a socially diverse group of coworkers.

Director: Oz Scott | Writer: Brittany Scott Smith | Producers: Floria Smith, Lynne Scott

Cast: Arjay Smith, Ashleigh Prather, Holly Walker, Lynsey Dufour, Kam Cooper

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Stripped

CANDADA 10 MINS

STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT
This is the personal, untold story of Phylicia Carty (A.K.A. Mz Lady Ice), whose talent led her to become one of the most revolutionary urban dancers in the Toronto adult entertainment scene. This is a reflection of her past, a showcase of her present, and a vision of her future.

Director: Jevon Boreland | Writer: Jevon Boreland | Producer: Jevon Boreland, Anthony Hunos

Cast: Philicia Carty, Brian Carty, Raisa Minguel, Neville Thompson

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Stay Woke

USA 25 MINS

On the eve of an election, four lives intersect: a politician trying to reconnect with his former constituents, two African-American youth frustrated by a recent police killing, and a police officer who desires to do the right thing.

Director: Langston Williams | Writer: Langston Williams | Producers: Rashada Fortier, Cypriene Oliver, Nigel Copeland, Dasia Batiste, Kevin Korson

Cast: Gian Smith, Danzel Square, Martin Bradford, Alex Cureau

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The Other Side

USA 24 MINS

The Other Side focuses on social injustice and choices. This film takes you on a journey that will allow you to see from an unconventional perspective.

Director: Mike Morris | Writers: Hope McCollumn, Mike Morris | Producer: Mike Morris

Cast: Deric Kennedy, Casey Green, Samuel Crawford, Brendan Madden

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An Afternoon in the Park

USA 4 MINS

A couple’s walk in the park is interrupted by a stranger, who wants a more than a conversation.

Director: Jay Williams | Writer: Jay Williams | Producer: Jay Williams

Cast: Bernard Johnson, Nikki Lashae, Andre Castenell Jr.

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Back to Natural: A Documentary

USA 69 MINS

Back to Natural reveals the emotional and shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, and Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the “New” Natural Hair movement.

Director: Gillian Scott-Ward | Writer: Gillian Scott-Ward | Producers: Marquis Smalls, Dominic Ward

Cast: Ensemble Interviews

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If I Should Die Before I Wake

USA 65 MINS

Brian Edwards has a lot of demons. Unable to control his addiction and his attraction to a much younger man, his career, home life, and reputation are ripped apart as he surrenders to destructive urges. The consequences of his decisions prove devastating to everyone involved.

Director: Eric Ayala | Writer: Eric Ayala | Producer: Eric Ayala

Cast: Lyndrez Leslie, Shimri Taemar, Maalik Evans, TL Leigh, Herbert Bowens, Jr., Alissah Brooks, Robert Parker

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A Fishing Story

USA 9 MINS

A Fishing Story is a short documentary discussing the fishing practices of the Guna people, a Panamanian indigenous group inhabiting over 300 Caribbean islands. This film was created in conjunction with the director’s independent research project for her final month of studying abroad. The film explores issues related to sustainability and conservation.

Director: Antonia Brown | Writer: Antonia Brown | Producers: Antonia Brown

Cast: Ensemble Interviews

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Runaway

USA 25 MINS

In 1740s Hudson Valley, New York, Sue (an enslaved woman on the Philipsburg plantation) attempts to help two runaway slaves under the nose of a seething overseer, all while trying to keep her daughter from being sold off the next day. Filmed on location at the preserved Manor House and Farm, Runaway is a story of slavery in the north before the American Revolution with characters based on the real people of the Philipsburg Upper Mill. While largely fictional, it is a genuine illustration of tragedies enslaved people faced during this period.

Director: Daniel Fries | Writers: Daniel Fries, Alrick Brown | Producers: Daniel Fries, Gabrielle Greig, Jacqueline Simmons

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Gnocchi Bros.

USA 18 MINS

Two hit men find the tables turned on them when they meet the sweetest elderly woman who wants to care for them as they embark in the killing of her cancer-ridden husband. Find out how the adventure proceeds for the Gnocchi Brothers.

Directors: Luigi Sperduti, Anthony Sperduti | Writer: Luigi Sperduti | Producers: Demetrio Frausto, Andra Pickett

Cast: Demitrio Frausto, Andra Pickett, Terry Christiansen

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Social Conflict

USA 29 MINS

Social Conflict is the story of a decaying inner-city Detroit school and community shaken to its core in the aftermath of a shooting.

Director: Dwayne Barnes | Writer: Nicci Gilbert-Daniels | Producer: Nicci Gilbert-Daniels

Cast: Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Dwayne Barnes, Wendy Perkins, Teisha Lott Brown, Tre Brown

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The Breeding

USA 90 MINS

STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT
The Breeding is an erotic thriller about a young artist whose obsession with a taboo fetish leads to life altering consequences.

Director: Daniel Armando | Writer: Dane Joseph | Producers: Dane Joseph, Daniel Armando

Cast: Marcus Bellamy, David J. Cork, Joe MacDougall, Patrick Kuzara

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Breath of Faith

USA 6 MINS

Breath of Faith is a dramatic short film inspired by a poem and based on a true story by writer, K.F. Anthony. It centers on an expectant mother who experiences a shocking and almost tragic situation during her pregnancy – one that will transform her life forever.

Director: K.F. Anthony | Writer: K.F. Anthony | Producer: K.F. Anthony

Cast: Nyles Anthony, Derik Hadnot, Felicia Hall

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Bougie Ass Brandon

USA 18 MINS

Brandon seems to have everything in life at first glance. Unfortunately he gets in his own way when it comes to family, friends and relationships. Can Brandon changes his ways once he finds out shocking news that will change his life as he knows it?

Director: Valerie Alleyne Udeozor | Writer: Valerie Alleyne Udeozor | Producer: Jermain Hollman

Cast: Jermain Hollman , Dylan Mooney, Myles Rodney, Dayna Dooley

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Discharge

USA 15 MINS

Suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), military veteran Max (Marcus Ajose) comes home and finds himself battling inner demons. The dark side of war emerges when Max least expects it. He is haunted by his time in combat and grows increasingly detached from reality as he tries to integrate back into civilian life. Max drives through town in search of his girlfriend Maya (Jessica Rizo) in hopes of repairing their broken relationship.

Director: Max Philisaire | Writer: Max Philisaire | Producer: Max Philisaire

Cast: Marcus Ajose, Jessica Rizo, Pierre

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Living

USA 13 MINS


An award-winning drama about an angel’s descent from heaven into Brooklyn, looking to clear the air and find common ground while addressing an important key of life between law enforcement and minorities.

Director: Marcellus Cox | Writer: Marcellus Cox | Producer: Marcellus Cox

Cast: Skyler James, Tim Farley, Mark Anthony Taylor, Stephen Cofield Jr, Swins Jean-Charles

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All to Myself

USA 11 MINS

After learning that her husband Calvin has been cheating on her, Evelyn is on a mission to gain revenge. It’s the night of a big speakeasy bash and Evelyn is prepared to cause a scene. Along her journey to the party Calvin attempts to salvage his marriage, but Evelyn has other plans which makes for an unpleasant surprise.

Director:  Maceo Tendaji | Writer:  Maceo Tendaji | Producer: Maceo Tendaji

Cast: Jacqueline Hamilton, Larry Mike Sr., Corey Branch

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Foote Switch

USA 11 MINS

Set in the East Texas Piney Woods just south of Longview, Texas, comes a gripping love story of two young people whose love refused to bow to the status quo of the day. With a backdrop of racial hatred and violence, the love of these young people prevails and lives to inspire other.

Director: Brandon Alexander, Mandel Stoker | Writer: Mandel Stoker | Producer: Brent Latin

Cast: Brandon Alexander, Mandi Bray, Terry Bray, Roderick Phillips

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Homesick

USA 9 MINS

A vivid look at modern life where the city, nature and obligations come to a crossroads.

Director: Jupiter Leo | Writer: Jupiter Leo | Producer: Jupiter Leo

Cast: Adetnuke Adetunji, Emmanuel Christian

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Anathema

USA 82 MINS


When the bonds of love are shattered by the freedom of sexual expression, uncontrolled emotions and perspectives lead to a homicidal act of vengeance.

Director | Writer: Derek Vitatoe | Producer: Don Wallace, Patricia McKenzie, Jupiter Makins

Cast: Angie Eberhart, David Andrews, Don Wallace, Patricia McKenzie

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Like Dolls, I’ll Rise

FRANCE 29 MINS

200 one-of-a-kind Black dolls, a work of powerful original poetry, and never-before seen archival materials combine to tell a story of love, survival, and identity.

Director: Nora Phillipe | Writer: Nicole Sealey | Producers: Ella Marder, Nora Phillipe

Cast: Camille Rich, Candyce Miales, Raina Lambkins-Fielder, Maya Angelou (voice), Nicole Sealey

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This One’s For The Ladies

USA 83 MINS

THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES explores the sexual and social identity of contemporary Black America through intimate, eye opening, and often hilarious accounts from women and men who find love and community in the underground world of exotic dancing.

Director | Writer: Gene Graham | Producer: Gene Graham, Paul Rowley

Cast: Ensemble Interviews

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Two Wolves

USA 96 MINS

At odds with both the Agency and his father, special agent Artemis puts his life on the line to save his son – only to find he may need to save himself first.

Director | Writer | Producer: Mykel Shannon Jenkins

Cast: Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Ernest Thomas, Stephania Spampinato

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Who Are They

USA 18 MINS

A man from the affluent hills of Los Angeles searches for a subject for his film, but he finds more than he can handle on the streets of Skid Row.

Director | Writer: Kokayi Ampah | Producer: Kokayi Ampah, Casey Cannon

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Content of Character

USA 120 MINS

Based on the book by Cynthia Reid Willis, Content of Character is the diary of a young black girl inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Directors: L. Courtney Thorpe Douglas and Cynthia Reid Willis

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I Can’t Lose

USA 6 MINS

A man down on his luck pressures his girlfriend, who works part time in a private social club, to help him set up the robbery of the local hustler who runs the club. When she refuses, he decides to take matters in his own hands.

Director: Patrick House | Writer: Marcus Machado | Producer: Eva Minemar

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Under The Law

USA 10 MINS

Adriel, a qualified and determined individual, is looking for employment at a law firm – but a blemish on his record holds him back.

Director | Writer: Mitsu Miyashima | Producer: Bill Anaya

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To Raise A Child

USA 20 MINS

A couple’s marriage is strained after the death of their son due to police brutality. Seven months later during a family dinner, the couple find themselves in the middle of breaking news and the true killer is revealed…

Director | Writer | Producer: Robert Henry

Cast: Briana Swann, Jayson Wesley, Olufunmilayo Alabi, Sandra Vaughn-Cooke, Mike Press

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Two Priests In A Restaurant

USA 9 MINS

Two catholic priests walk into a restaurant. What do they talk about? Exorcism, of course.

Director: Avraham Yehuda | Writer: Avraham Yehuda | Producers: Dylan Herin-Soule, Avraham Yehuda

Cast: Richard Romeo, Tom Procida, Natasha Aldridge

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Tales From the Murder Room: The Reggie Love Incident

USA 12 MINS

Homicide Detective Jerry July interrogates Reggie Love, the main suspect in the murder of a woman and the attempted murder of two other people he claims he doesn’t know. The interrogation becomes a game of cat and mouse after the suspect inadvertently reveals his connections to the victims.

Director: Jeffrey Hollins | Writer: Jeffrey Hollins | Producer: Jeffrey Hollins

Cast: Jeffrey Hollins, Bradford Franklin

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Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora

USA 30 MINS

The enslavement of millions of Africans led to the development of Diasporan communities around the world. Their knowledge and skills helped build new societies and created new cultures that enriched global civilization. Revealing this global presence, the documentary highlights commonalities linking African Diasporan communities in distant lands.

Director: Sheila S. Walker | Writer: Sheila S. Walker | Producers: Sheila S. Walker

Cast: Ensemble Interviews

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