Films

DON’T LET GO

USA 103 MINS

Director: Jacob Aaron Estes

CCBFF attendees will have the opportunity to see a sneak preview of the thriller starring DANIEL OYELOWO before it hits movie theaters on August 30th. The screening will be on Wednesday, August 28 at 7p at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller and is FREE with an RSVP.

Don’t Let Go stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) and was directed by Jacob Estes (Mean Creek). In the film, detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.



LA VIE MAGNIFIQUE CHARLIE

USA 87 MINS

Director: Bobby Huntley

CCBFF will host an Opening Night Screening of LA VIE MAGNIFIQUE DE CHARLIE, Friday, August 30 at 7:30p. We will be joined by the film’s director Bobby Huntley and the leading cast Nikki Lashae, Kortnee Price, and Lailaa Brookings.

Starring an all-black woman cast, La Vie Magnifique de Charlie is a quirky tale that explores relationships between Black women. After her sister Brandy’s untimely death, everyone is taken aback by Charlie’s unorthodox (and seemingly chipper) approach to her grieving process. Follow Charlie and her friends Kayla and Keturah as they go along for a wild, hilariously exhilarating and bittersweet ride – which will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life.



ILLEGAL ROSE

USA 12 MINS

Director: Deborah Riley Draper

From Harlem Lights Award Honoree DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER, CCBFF will host a Special Screening of ILLEGAL ROSE, starring JASMINE GUY, on Saturday, August 31 at 3p followed by a panel with RILEY DRAPER, SHERRI SHEPHERD and ROYCE BROOKS to discuss the intersection of film and politics.

A cynical woman caught in a rut accidentally kidnaps a 9-year-old runaway girl from an Immigration Detention Center.



EMANUEL

USA 90 MINS

Director: Brian Ivie

From Executive Producers STEPHEN CURRY and VIOLA DAVIS, CCBFF will host a Special Screening of EMANUEL on Saturday, August 31 followed by a Q&A with Julius Tennon, President of Development and Production for Juvee Productions.

National headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in the church, nine African Americans lay dead—leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror.

Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.



OUT OF OMAHA

USA 92 MINUTES

Director: Clay Tweel

From Executive Producer J COLE, CCBFF will host the Texas Premiere of OUT OF OMAHA on Saturday, August 31 at 8p. We will be joined by Darcell Trotter and Wayne Brown, the film’s subjects, along with the director.

From director Clay Tweel and executive producer J. Cole, OUT OF OMAHA traces 8 years in the coming-of-age journey of Darcell and Darrell Trotter, identical twin brothers from North Omaha. By intimately portraying the twins’ hopes and struggles, and the love and help they give and get along the way, the film examines just how much it can take to overcome disadvantages rooted in historic injustice.

The film will premier September 9 on STARZ and available for download on AppleTV, Amazon. Google Play and FandandoNow.



LAST  NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE

USA 92 MINUTES

Producer:Tangi Miller

CCBFF will host a Special Closing Night Screening of LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE on Sunday, September 1 at 7p. Following the movie – we will be joined by producer and actor Tangi Miller for a Q&A.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is set in Atlanta with the character Sinclair who is down on his luck and ends up at the top radio station. He’s on air when a female caller asks him for relationship advice. The next caller happens to be his longtime girlfriend, who breaks up with him, on air, in the middle of his show, embarrassing him across all of Atlanta. What’s to follow is a refreshing new spin on the simple truths about love and relationships.


CONFRA

NIGERIA 2 MINS

In 1952, Wole Soyinka (Nobel Laureate), along with six other friends, started the Pyrates Confraternity at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The Supreme Eiye Confraternity began in 1963, and the Buccaneers Confraternity in 1972. Some other groups emerged later, and they all coexisted peacefully on the campuses. However, in the 1980s, things changed. And ever since, it’s been violence, bloodshed, and death on the campuses.

Director: Ayo Adewumi | Producer: Ayo Adewumi

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LADY OF THE CAMELIA

FRANCE 15 MINS

Patrice, a black actor, into his forties, powdered and dressed as a 19th century courtesan comes to the audition organized by the powerful casting director Selenna Meyer. Assisted by Betty, she is looking for the main female role of the new cinematographic adaptation of “Camille – The Lady of the Camelia”. Among the young and pretty contenders, Patrice will have a hard time legitimizing his presence.

Director: Edouard Montoute | Writer: Edouard Montoute | Producer: Murielle Thierrin

Cast: Edouard Montoute, Laurence Oltuski and Ingrid Donnadie

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EL GATO NEGRO: PREY

USA 3 MINS

Based on the classic comic book, Francisco Guerrero has been training to become the new El Gato Negro, under the tutelage of his grandfather, the previous man to wear the mask. Circumstances put an old friend in danger, and Francisco must find out if he’s got what it takes to become the new hero of South Texas.

Director: Michael Moore | Writer: Michael S Moore | Producer: Dylan Herin-Soule, Avraham Yehuda and Michael S Moore

Cast: Bobby Hernandez, Joe Perez, Brittni Garcia, Geronimo Son, Buck Gonzales and Conrad Gonzales


OLE B.R.Y.C.E

USA 2 MINS

In 1968 on the heels of the historic Tuskegee Syphilis Study, two white doctors, Bryce and Feldman launched a secret experiment to find a cure for white mental illness. However, tired of using rats as test subjects, they decided to use Negro men instead. The premise was to see if negro’s (who’s brains were thought to be smaller than whites) had the same mental illness trait of whites.

Director: Eric B Ramsey | Writer: Eric B Ramsey | Producer: Nicole Ramsey

Cast: Tom Sizemore, Rhonda Morman

OPUS

SOUTH AFRICA 18 MINS

Set in the buzzing city of Johannesburg, Opus follows a day in the life of Lebo, a young aspiring bassist living in the informal settlements. After losing his parents and inheriting the double bass instrument ‘Bontle’, Lebo has developed a symbiotic relationship with his ‘Bontle’ and his music.

Director: Kgosana Monchusi | Writer: Kgosana Monchusi | Producer: Kgosana Monchusi, Juvais Dunn and Segametsi Mokoena

Cast: Kagiso Rathebe

BABY NICK

USA 10 MINS

Baby Nick is a film about two amateur fighters— both with their own reasons for fighting. One fighter, Sahar ‘Baby’ Nickolas, goes through the sudden, accidental passing of his daughter due to a drive-by shooting. While the other fighter, Kanu ‘Redman’ Abel is simultaneously dealing with his ill aunt that has Lupus— a potentially fatal disease.

Director: Russell Reed | Writer: Russell Reed

Cast: Collins Uzowulu, Xavier Alvarado

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PINK DIAMOND

USA 22 MINS

Pink Diamond follows the lives of a heist group who have a life long bond and history of stealing anything that could be a payday. Their criminal history makes them the most wanted group in the city and they feel as they can’t be touched – until a new member is introduced.

Director: Collins Uzowulu, Russell Reed | Writer: Collins Uzowulu | Producer: Collins Uzowulu

Cast: Collins Uzzowulu, Xavier Alvarado, Casie Luong, Katy Atkinson, Brian Elder, Hannahrose Barfoot, Jon Michael Davis, Kim Jackson Davis, Trinity Johnston

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GOYAVE

USA 27 MINS

Gregory is a 40-year-old béké, a European white descendant of colonists, and lives with his ill dad. As a béké among black people, Grégory tries to find his place in society in the island of Martinique, when suddenly a general strike starts in February 2009.

Director: Neneb, Christophe Agelan | Writer: Neneb, Philippe Nijean | Producer: Christophe Agelan

Cast: Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Mehdi Giguet, Zeline Setham, Bernard Domergue

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THE RUNAWAYS

USA 21 MINS

Abused and neglected, Kellee attempts to run away with her boyfriend James only to be chased and cornered by her abusive stepfather Dave. What follows is a series of events that leads to a violent confrontation with the abusive man who terrorizes her life.

Director: Dewey A Ortiz Jr | Writer: Dewey A Ortiz Jr | Producer: Tia Goodson

Cast: Alyse Hamilton, Isaiah Evans, Valeka J. Holt, Bakaari Wilder, Nelson Irizarry

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LARA AND THE BEAT

NIGERIA 137 MINS

Lara and the Beat is a coming of age movie about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal with their late parents’ Media Empire. The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future – through music and enterprise – to salvage their family’s past.

Director: Tosin Coker | Writer: John Arthur Ingram, Pearl Osibu | Producer: Tolu Olusoga, Tosin Coker, Temi Coker, Aderonke Oshinjobi

Cast: Seyi Shay, Chinedu Ikedieze, Somkele Idhalama, Chioma Chukwuka , Uche Jombo, Olanrewaju Vector Ogunmefun

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MOMMY NEVER TOLD ME

USA 2 MINS

Tasneem Nathari (Narrator), also known as, ‘Hoodrat Feminist’, leads focused group discussions with black women and girls ranging from age (5-72) about how their social and/or sexual experiences have informed their emotional expectations and views on love.

Director: Tasneem Nathari, Dante Bailey | Producer: Lisa Nathari

Cast: Tasneem Nathari , Annessia Jackson, Lisa Nathari , Nyuma Waggeh, Mae Ivesse , Ladawn Williams , Roxana Santana , Zoriah M. Fowler , Shantay Reid , Jada Perry , Simena Carey , Lela Lynch, Elizabeth Cooke, Tiffany Lea, Janice Harmond, Layla Sabuur, Muneerah

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TRANSITION

USA 21 MINS

Transition, executive produced and narrated by hip hop artist Stalley, is a documentary short film that captures the life of highly touted high school basketball prospect Matt Coleman and chronicles him as he moves on to his freshman year at a major university.

Director: Quame A. Hamlin | Writer: Quame A. Hamlin | Producer: Quame A. Hamlin

Cast: Matt Coleman III, Stalley


OUTCRY

USA 28 MINS

Outcry is a riveting documentary that looks at the pain and journey to healing that black, gay men are traveling in Houston as they define spirituality outside of religion. Soon to become a docu-series, it is a wonderful conversation starter around sexuality, HIV and mental health.

Director: Ian L. Haddock, Jacorian Lewis, Jasmin Moore, Brison Thompson | Writer: Ian L. Haddock | Producer: Ian L. Haddock

Cast: Jadreon Robinson, Andre Whiting, Titan Capri, Nathan Maxey, Harrison Guy, Amber David, Leslie Houston and Deondre Moore

 

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WORKING RELATIONS

USA 11 MINS

When go-getter Harry sees an opportunity for a promotion, he will let nothing get in his way. Little did he know, that in order to climb the food chain, he’ll have to work side by side with the ‘Ice Queen’ Autumn.

Director: Kacha Kothom | Writer: Kacha Kothom, Nicole Creary | Producer: Ali-Han Ibragimov

Cast: Alice Jean and Joshua Weyers

CATCH ME BEFORE I FALL

USA 26 MINS

This film is about a single mother raising five children. This film focuses on the struggles and the happy times.

Director: D’Shaun Booker | Writer: Donna Johnson, D’Shaun Booker | Producer: Donna Johnson

Cast: Anthony Barnes, Cynthia Pope, Aleyda Metts, Bevin Archer, Tremaine Harper

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GUMBO

USA 48 MINS

GUMBO is a documentary that further explains the details of gumbo including the basic components, its historical and cultural implications and the various types of gumbo. This film is told from the filmmaker’s point of view, fully investigate all theories of origin, and provide a variety of preparations and perspectives.

Director: Alyssa Rachelle | Producer: Alyssa Rachelle, Brooke Giles, Kevin Sorrell

Cast: Leah Chase, Lolis Eric Elie, Jessica Harris, Ph.D., Donald Link, PJ Morton

LET YOUR SPIRIT FLOW

USA 6 MINS

The Let Your Spirit Flow video aims to inspire unity and mutual respect throughout humanity through the healing power of music. It is based on Roy H. Howard, Jr.’s composition, “Let Your Spirit Flow,” which was inspired by the commonality of the human experiences rather than differences.

Director: Roy H. Howard, Jr. | Producer: Roy H. Howard, Jr.

THE MASKED 4

USA 30 MINS

The Masked 4 are on their last mission to steal a big batch of drugs from Drug Kingpin Ian in hopes to sell them in order to live the lives that they’ve always wanted.

Director: Richeler Aladin | Producer: Mason Noel

Cast: Brian Elder, Jay Cody Key, Elizabeth Ludwig, Bradley Opara, Jeremy Canales, Yasmin Kafkar, Ervin Brown


THE LADIES OF OAK CLIFF

USA 11 MINS

During the 1960s in Dallas, many black women found jobs in “private homework” tending to the homes of Dallas’ wealthiest citizens. In this documentary, two friends recall the times they experienced segregation, white flight in their Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff, and the life and duties of working in private homes.

Director: Elroy “EJ” Johnson | Producer: Elroy “EJ” Johnson

Cast: Doris M. Johnson, Myrtle Oliver

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BLACK AUSTIN

USA 9 MINS

Black Austin follows two women, Maia and Camila, on one pursuit: to find out where the Black people on the bus are going. Reaching the end of the line, they find an exciting Black world in Austin. They find, however, that things aren’t quite as they seem.

Director: Cristin Stephens | Producer: Cristin Stephens, Sebastian Valdivieso

Cast: Whitney Abraham, Lea’h Sampson, John Waters/p>

SOUTH CENTRAL LOVE

USA 120 MINS

In the unforgiving streets of Los Angeles, the story follows a couple who comes from two different worlds. But through their trials and tribulations, they realize their broken families assist in bringing them closer together.

Director: Christina Cooper | Producer: Christina Cooper

Cast: Jamal R. Henderson, Christina Cooper, Jesselynn Stegall, Skyh Black, Duane Finley, Harley Huff, Vanessa Simmons, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Carlene Corsey, Kyle Lewis, Kendon Tillis, Diamonte Jones, Freddy Ramsey Jr., Prosper Conley, Amani Summers, Leticia Perez


KNOW ME SO WELL

USA 7 MINS

When a Londoner Brooklyn-dweller woman in her late-twenties, realizes her relationship has run its course she must decide to follow her gut or explore a new romance, which sends her on a journey of self-love, regret and heartbreaking consequences.

Director: Starr Nathan | Producer: Chika Okafor

Cast: Joelah Noble, Mike Troll, Malcolm Chavis

THE SWEETEST LAND

USA 64 MINS

After the gunshots, in urban America, trauma pagers will sound, mothers will scream and the lives of too many that matter, will forever change. Yet according to evidence, much of this was entirely preventable. There are political speeches, millions spent and community promises made. But when the soundbites fade and the violence continues, who actually shows up?

Director: Jeffrey Teitler | Producer: Serafin Mendez-Mendez, Ronald Kowalczyk, Peter Knox, Jill DuBoff

Cast: Aswad Thomas, David Shapiro, Karla Medina, Luis Torres, Betzy Torres, Richie Medina, Schuester Christie, William Marshall, Brad Davis, Enid Rey, Henry Brown, September Chatfield, Tyrek Marquez, Thomas Phillips

THE BIRTH OF DECEIT

USA 85 MINS

A peaceful town where all seems to be normal lies a dark cold secret that took the town by surprise as a couple befriended their neighbor/close friends, granddaughter for their own psychopathic needs. Which led to the main character, Ambar along with her friends fighting for their life.

Director: Yaw Agyapong | Producer: Yaw Agyapong

Cast: Vanessa Noel, Terrence Keene, Jennifer Silverstein, Devin Richardson, Dennis Scarfeo


DARI JI MI (FORGIVE ME)

USA 11 MINS

Mr. Bankole has taken the worst advice ever from his late wife’s sister, who advised himself to put a curse on his daughter in order to protect her from the alarming high rate of rape in the town. He succeeds in putting the curse on her and made his daughter Ireti promise him that she’ll keep herself till marriage. This takes a terrible turn when her boyfriend Peter dies suddenly after having sex with him for the first time.

Director: EAD (Donald A. Eferere) | Producer: Shivangani Suri

Cast: Stephanie Ivanshie, PHil Levins, Shiek Meh Bey, Nefertiti Warren

ILU AMERICA

USA 110 MINS

I Love You America (ILU America) is an indigenous reality story that is the emotional story of an immigrant’s ordeal and his survival.

Ade, a well-to-do young man, heads from Nigeria to the greener pastures of America. As he arrives in America, things begin to go wrong. His thoughts betrayed him and his misinformed intention took a wrong turn and every effort to correct the situation was unsuccessful.

Director: Taiwo Oduala | Producer: Taiwo Oduala

Cast: Taiwo Oduala, Doris Simeon

CATCH A GIRL

USA 14 MINS

With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year old Darius meets up with friends that conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game, targeted to take advantage of girls.

Director: LeRon Lee | Producer: Derrick Williams

Cast: Daniel G. Cunningham, Kayciblu Wright, Zakai Lassiter, Kevin Bennett, Jr.


BENEATH THE SCAR

USA 69 MINS

Beneath the Scar reveals the story of Samantha Nicole Allen, the beautiful Mississippi debutante and member of one of the town’s most prominent families. Samantha finds herself entangled in a trap of abuse at the hands of her college boyfriend, Stephen Gray. In the midst of her own trials, Samantha is awakened by the despair, tragedies, strength and resilience of others who endured abuse.

Director: Cynthia Reid Wills | Producer: Dr. Shelia Samone Brown

Cast: Nykol Harris, Rocco C. Hill, Tymille Adams

SINGLE LIFE DAD

USA 24 MINS

A young man’s single life ends abruptly when his six year old son is abandoned in his care. He must decide if he will go back to living his single life or commit to being a single dad.

Director: Nicole “Soul” Creary | Producer: Nicole “Soul” Creary

Cast: Nicole “Soul” Creary, Terry Bender, Jenny Trevino, Jaxon Thomas Williams, Rick Jackson, PL Davis, Mark Anthony Williams, Anwar Molani, Maureen Kedes, Zakiyah Featherstone, Andrea Meshel, Andrew Creary, Eka Otu, Paola Lendof, Nigel Cox, Briana Hunt, Dayana Espinoza, Monica Fuego Seda, Mark Chess, Roger Gibson, Justin Meece, Adriana Myles

CICATRIX

USA 20 MINS

An amateur angel is sent from heaven to guide a modern day Samson, a loner who has lost faith in God. The unlikely duo are tasked with missions to seek out and save a mishmash of characters who are at the crossroads of their lives and all seem to be searching for love and acceptance in all.

Director: Lee Milby | Producer: Natalia Elizabeth

Cast: Brandon J. Shaw, Clifton Dunn, Natalia Elizabeth, Rushanna Lewis, Nikki Casseri, Joel Brady


PART OF ME

USA 5 MINS

An Award-Winning Drama following the up and down but loving struggles of a young African American Family living in the heart of Los Angeles.

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

Cast: Stephen Cofield Jr, Lina Green, LeLana Mcwilliams

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MARKED

NIGERIA 25 MINS

It’s the 21st century, and Henry carries marks of the culture of the Nigerian Yoruba people on his face. Remembering vividly the teasing from schoolmates while growing up, he goes to Oyo town to find out what is left of this almost-extinct tradition of tribal marks.

Director: Henry Ogunjimi | Writer: Henry Ogunjimi | Producer: Henry Ogunjimi

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MALICE

USA 6 MINS

A masculine policewoman who is dealing with the love of her future, another masculine woman, only to be confronted by the karma of her past.

Director: Sophia Ellis, Lid’ya Moore | Writer: Sophia Ellis | Producer: Sophia Ellis

Cast: Rachel Brown, Skyye Rodriquez and Courtney Lockwood

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AMERICA: WILD WILD WEST

USA 120 MINS

“America Back to The Wild, Wild West” is a documentary about Gun violence in America. The film is addressed in five parts; Gun Violence, Open Carry, School Shootings, Second Amendment and Gun Control

Director: Anthony D. Colby | Producer: Anthony D. Colby

Cast: Anthony D. Colby

FRIEND REQUEST

USA 61 MINS

This is a film about the ‘very hush-hush’ human trafficking industry. It will bring awareness to this multi-billion dollar scourge!

Director: Kerry Ann Z. Frazier | Producer: Kerry Ann Z. Frazier

Cast:Andrew Lauck, Raylene Gill, Jaina Wrex, Kerry Ramsay, Vallon Holcomb, Emma Rose Gill, Jerry Juliano, Jodie Wrex, Skye Cameron Myers, Toni Ringgold, Jordan Buie, Will Moleon, Antoinette Bailey, Kyle Moore, JenaiTene’ Young, K’Zariah Owens, Jarin Humphrey, Kyle Gill, Naomi Sanford, Vincent Barronette III, Andrew Barronette, Antonio Edward, Zion Ringgold, Demarcus Edward, Jacen Wrex, Naomi Sanford, DJ Augie, Jamie Mayberry, Jacen Wrex, James Wrex, Nathaniel Taylor, Naomi Sanford, Melissa Meyers, John Lauck, Serenity Edward

BLACK MAN

USA 85 MINS

A kaleidoscope of raw, riveting, and candid conversations with black men ages 21 to 91 about their lives, their loves, their losses, their America unlike we’ve seen on screen. A small town in Michigan is the backdrop for Black Man, but the stories are Any Town, USA.

Director: Jon Covington | Producer: Jon Wesley Covington

Cast: Stephen Cofield Jr, Lina Green, LeLana Mcwilliams


POWER, LOVE, KARMA

USA 21 MINS

A Masculine police woman.who is dealing with the love of her future, another masculine woman, only to be confronted by the karma of her past.

Director: Sophia Ellis | Producer: Sophia Ellis

Cast: Rachel Brown, Skyye Rodriquez, Courtney Lockwood

BEFORE WE WRAP

USA 25 MINS

Before We Wrap is a late night talk show that embodies the aesthetic and energy of 90’s urban radio, recalibrated for a millennial audience. The show nurtures an environment that is at once both empowering and tranquilizing for women and people of color. This lifestyle series features candid discussions on issues of race, gender, identity, health and wellbeing. Guests engage in critical discourse while the host provides satirical commentary on evergreen cultural issues. Musical guests are also at hand introducing viewers to new rhythms like a soothing balm at the end of a long night.

Director: Elizabeth Charles | Producer: Tony Koros

COLOR BLIND

USA 20 MINS

A bi-racial black woman struggles with her journey to self discovery while trying to live up to her father’s expectation.

Director: Max Philisaire | Producer: Max Philisaire

Cast: Alexandra Lowery, Mark Valeriano, Ariel Brown, Daniel Fitzgerald


DEACON BROWN DAUGHTERS

USA 110 MINS

Back in the day, green-eyed Stanley David Brown was a ladies’ man. Now he’s God’s man, and he’s got a lot of cleaning up to do. But where does an absentee father start in the quest to get to know the children he abandoned? Will they give him a chance to make up for lost time?

Director: CaSandra McLaughlin | Producer: Big Faith Productions

Cast: Raison Thompson, Andromeda Jones, Alacia James, LaDavia, Destini Webb

I WAS ALWAYS SUPPOSE TO BE HERE

USA 90 MINS

A documentary featuring women, Blackness, and central Texas

Director: Jonathan Nunan | Producer: Jonathan Nunan

Cast: Eboni Staten

CONFESSIONS – DRAMA LOVE

USA 5 MINS

CONFESSIONS is a drama love story, where a Priest falls in love with one of his penitents during confessions. He struggles with the concept of revealing his feelings. Eventually, the Priest, gets the nerves to express his love to the woman, who has been confessing her deepest and darkest secrets to him. Surprisingly, her reaction is daunting to him, resulting in the fate of his life to be altered forever.

Director: TerrieLynn Sailes | Writer: TerrieLynn Sailes | Producer: Larry Sailes and TerrieLynn Sailes

Cast: Daniel O’Reilly and Ashley Lynn Park

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SNAPSHOT

USA 9 MINS

SnapShot is a futuristic showing of a patroller’s unwarranted call to police and its unexpected boomerang effect. Whether her motivation was bias or mischief, it is a glimpse of how a woman’s poor choices — one SnapShot of her life — alters it forever.

Director: Semone Brown | Producer: Semone Brown

Cast: Lisa Fairchild, Payten Brewer, Bobby Coston, John Broyles, Quincy Canady, Dylan Owen

FINAL EXAM

USA 8 MINS

A young man is about to take the biggest exam of his life before a road block puts his life in jeopardy.

Director: Jason Bostic | Producer: Jason Bostic, David Rodriguez

Cast: Christopher Donnollon, Mark Jackson, Euben Sholinyan, Felix Rosa, Alec James Millewski

TRUE SCHOOL

USA 5 MINS

True School is a parody rap music video that explores the funny side of Trap Music and the culture associated with it.

Director: Michael Jaspan | Producer: Denis Rodionov

Cast: Kriss AntiB, DreamTek, Doctor Bops, R-Senic, Keagan Matthews, Monica Baker, Bgirl Sindy Mbanjwa, Kelsey Corlett, Michaela Minnaar, Sandile Thekiso, Tim Hooper, Nick Bouwer, Nic Hooper, Scooby Barnard


IN DEFERMENT

USA 13 MINS

Percival, a graffiti writer and art graduate neglects his student loans so long his deferment expires, and Sallie a college debt collector confronts him about it.

Director: Khadif “Kadeef” Sanders | Producer: Khadif “Kadeef” Sanders

Cast: Eboni Staten

ISABELLA

USA 8 MINS

Based on true events, this short
independent film, “Isabella” showcases
the healing of a family after the sudden and emotional death of a family cat.

Director: Manuel Vargas | Producer: Simel Bey

Cast: Kerry Ramsey, Ka’lena symone Bee, Lori Taylor-LeDet, Miguel Leoni

BLACK GIRL POEM

USA 2 MINS

In ‘Black Girl Poem,’ black women take a surrealist approach in confronting the power dynamic of sexual harassment and catcalling within the African American community. The three women towering above the city act as a chorus, symbolizing a heightened representation of resistance and triumph over sexual objectification.

Director: Daryl Paris Bright | Producer: Daryl Paris Bright

Cast: Daryl Paris Bright, Amber Jones, Claudia Logan, Maiya Redding


LIVING

USA 15 MINS

Cancer patient decides to quit chemo and he deals with the consequences of his closest relationships.

Director: Jonathon Ferino | Writer: Jonathon Ferino | Producer: Laderius Bryan

Cast: Kassidy Cook, Gomez IV, Liz Richman

BREATHE

USA 3 MINS

Rachel wakes up and quickly realizes something is wrong.

Director: Lüiis Hulé | Writer: Lüiis Hulé | Producer: Becky Caillier

Cast: Melyssah Jade Colerangle, Johnny P. Cole, Arquila Todd

 

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DO G’S GO TO HEAVEN

USA 60 MINS

Do G’s Get to Go to Heaven is the Hip-Hop retelling of the timeless Gospel story.  Stories from the scriptures are contemporized and reimagined as the hardened criminal fids himself questioning the possibility of salvation after a life of sin. Director: DeChard Freeman | Producer: DeChard Freeman


LOST TIME

USA 10 MINS

A mysterious man walks into a bar to celebrate his daughters birthday. This short navigates the injustices within the American judicial system.

Director: Jared Crowelle | Producer: Jared Crowelle

Cast: Jamal James, Baker Cinq-Mars

TOUGH LOVE SHOW

USA 40 MINS

The Story of how I went Viral trying to reach my son!

Director: Tommy Tucker II| Producer: Tommy Tucker II

Cast: Tommy Tucker II

MIRACLE BABY

USA 5 MINS

A documentary centered on a baby’s struggle for life as she overcomes a heart battle and even death. One Baby. One LIfe. One Miracle.

Director: Selena Fitzgerald | Producer: Selena Fitzgerald

Cast: Sharon Fitzgerald, Carolyn Francis


SISTERS

USA 13 MINS

A woman is faced with her worst fear upon learning that her younger sister is in an abusive relationship. In order to keep history from repeating itself, she’ll have to reveal one of her deepest secrets.

Director: Edrei Hutson | Producer: Edrei Hutson

Cast: Aisha Lomax, Shannon Shepherd, Winter Dunn

THE NEW MOTHER

USA 12 MINS

The New Mother is an experimental drama which explores the delicate paradigm shift between an aging mother and her adult daughter who becomes er caregiver. We explore the stages of grief, acceptance, understanding, and new beginnings in this suspenseful psychological silent film.

Director: Eleva Singleton | Producer: Eleva Singleton

Cast: TinseRose Torres, Tania Coulter

MEZZO PIANO

USA 8 MINS

A hard of hearing violinist attempts to communicate with a female vocalist.

Director: Joshua Reed | Writer: Joshua Reed | Producer: Durrann Brown

Cast: Corbin Sanders, Jessenia Ingram, Kyle Heard

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