Carmin Tropical

Description

Successful trans nightclub singer Mabel returns to her hometown in Mexico to investigate the murder of her best friend Daniela. With no leads and little insight into Daniela’s death, Mabel digs deeper into her friend’s past, realizing how her own upbringing and past life overlap unnervingly with that of her murdered friend. In order to fully comprehend what happened to Daniela, Mabel must embrace a world she desperately tried to leave behind. Directed with a potent mixture of nostalgia and dread, CARMIN TROPICAL carefully unveils a fascinating and increasingly sinister mystery that questions whether or not we can escape our own fate.


Cast & Crew

Director: Rigoberto Perezcano

Cast:
José Pecina
Luis Alberti
Everardo Trejo


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Can You Dig This

Description

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. CAN YOU DIG THIS follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”


Cast & Crew

Director: Delila Vallot

Cast:
Ron Finley
Mychael “Spicey” Evans
Kenya Johnson
Quimonie Lewis
and Hosea Smith
 

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By Jamal Joseph - A Life Transformed by the Arts

Description

A short portrait of the filmmaker, professor, activist, youth advocate, and Oscar Nominee, Jamal Joseph. Formerly a young leader in the 70’s Black Panther Party, Jamal changed his life through and with the arts and is now a well respected writer/director based in his beloved Harlem.


Cast & Crew

Director: Mike De Caro

Cast:
Jamal Joseph


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Breaking Through

Description

When Casey (national talent search winner Sophie Aguiar), a dancer who is discovered on YouTube, gets thrust into the modern world of internet celebrity and culture, she must find a way to balance her true identity with her online persona, or risk losing everything she cares about. Executive produced by 9-time Grammy®-winner John Legend, BREAKING THROUGH features dazzling dance numbers from some of today’s hottest YouTube dance stars.


Cast & Crew

Director: John Swetnam

Cast:
Sophie Aguiar
Jay Ellis
Marissa Heart
Bruna Marquezine
Taeko McCarroll
Jordan Rodrigues
Robert Roldan and Julie Warner. Performances by Les Twins
Anitta Poreotics


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Boxed In

Description

A black man in NYC struggles with bipolar disorder, while his girlfriend and mother learn to deal with the pain of his manic episode and struggle for mental survival.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tasha Smith

Cast:
Antonique Smith
Tyra Ferrell
Walter Fauntleroy


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Blackcard

Description

It would be just another day for Leonard, except The Commission, a shadow organization tasked with keeping members up to snuff on their “blackness”, is hot on his trail for his latest infraction...


Cast & Crew

Director: Pete Chatmon

Cast:
Dorian Missick
Simone Missick
Hisham Tawfiq
Stephen Hill
Erika Myers
Malikha Mallette
April Matthis
Valence Thomas
Michael Markham
Vladimir Versailles
Nasser Metcalfe


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Beyond the Passage

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Six long years have passed since it happened... The world as we once knew it is nothing more than a distant memory. Long gone are the sounds of cars and airplanes. The human race now survives in the form of a young girl, Asia Moore, and her grandfather, James Moore. Unfortunately, James’ health has started deteriorate. Against James’ wishes, Asia decides she must set out on a lone journey out into the world in hopes of saving his life. Little does Asia know, she's not alone in this dangerous new world...
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Terrence Jones

Cast:
Arame Scott
Odell Mack
Genia Nunez
Kylee Wofford


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Bad Hunter

Description

Young man BAHOZ goes hunting in rural Kurdistan. He witnesses the rape of a young woman by an older man. He chases the man away and helps the woman to mend her clothes so she can conceal the rape from her family. That evening, Bahoz receives an unexpected visit...


Cast & Crew

Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa

Cast:
Taher Abdullah
Varsin Jar
Naima Abdo


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Anatomy of a Dress

Description

ANATOMY OF A DRESS is a documentary that presents the passion, the talents, the history, the struggles and triumphs of the most renowned fashion designers in Puerto Rico. It also takes us through the history of manual garment industry in Puerto Rico and how it marked our lives, culture and traditions forever. A touching view of the beginning of the exploitation in this labor industry and how it was the only means of survival for many families. This history has served as the basis for what we have today as a fashion industry and the hopes of a better future and a spot for our designers in the world.


Cast & Crew

Director: Flora Pérez-Garay

Cast:
Nono Maldonado
Antonio Martorell
Edmundo Castillo
Sonia Rivera
Ruben Dario
Stella Nolasco
David Antonio
Harry Robles
Vilma Martinez
Jaer Caban


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Ana

Description

A naive teenager, longing desperately for her mother's love, learns the hard way that some relationships can never work.


Cast & Crew

Director: Renee Marie Petropoulos

Cast:
Dalia Davi
Maria Rivera
Erick Gonzalez


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Amishi

Description

To some, Amishi is just another pregnant Indian lady buying her baby a blue baby grow, but this pregnant Indian lady never keeps the babies she carries. She is just another surrogate living in a house full of other surrogate women. This is her job, it's what she does and the streets of London are none the wiser.


Cast & Crew

Director: Malinda Kaur

Cast: Japkit Kaur


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After School

Description

A gun shot is heard after school and 12yo Jacky, is discovered alone holding a gun, with blood on his shirt. Due to budget cuts and a police strike, Sergeant Olivia Hanson is the first officer on the scene and in charge for quite a while. Jacky refuses to give up his stand off and will only talk with former after school program teacher, Michael Brooks, who is under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Hanson and Brooks are forced to work together in order to find the answers to this mysterious situation and their lives are changed forever.


Cast & Crew

Director: Carlos Melendez and Mauricio Mendoza

Cast:
Adrian Moreira
Mauricio Mendoza
Yeniffer Behrens
Vance Valencia


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About That...

Description

Summer and Jonathan are in love, but love isn't enough for some people. Their relationship can only be described as pure bliss. Unfortunately, the world is uncomfortable with the pair and a series of events start to hint at Jonathan's mental stability.


Cast & Crew

Director: Damien D. Smith

Cast:
Crystal Cotton
Damien D. Smith
Jammie Patton
Tomi Townsend
Erica D. Young
Derrick Lemont


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A Girl Like Grace

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A GIRL LIKE GRACE follows 17-year-old GRACE (Ryan Destiny), who grows up in a dysfunctional home raised by her single mother LISA (Garcelle Beauvais). GRACE fights for acceptance in the world while being bullied at school by MARY (Raven-Symone'). GRACE looks for guidance from her best friend "ANDREA" (Paige Hurd) and becomes heavily influenced by "ANDREA'S" older sister "SHARE" (Meagan Good). A GIRL LIKE GRACE spirals into a dark world of sex, rebellion and her idea of womanhood.


Cast & Crew

Director: Ty Hodges

Cast:
Meagan Good
Raven-Symone'
Garcelle Beauvais
Romeo Miller
Blair Redford
Paige Hurd
Ryan Destiny


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3 1/2 Bullets, Ten Minutes

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3½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Florida on Black Friday, 2012. The film examines the aftermath of this systemic tragedy, the contradictions within the American criminal justice system - particularly the implications of the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, and the racial prejudices that ensued. With intimate access, the film follows the trial of Dunn and its deep impact on Jordan's family and friends.

Cast & Crew

Director: Marc Silver

Cast:
Ron Davis
Lucy McBath


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2nd Life

Description

Madou Dossama (43) an immigrant husband and father of two young children attends a job interview that could change his family’s life. During this job interview with hospital administrator, Garrett Morgan (54), we discover that there is more to Madou Dossama than meets the eye.

Cast & Crew

Director: Jake Alexander McAfee

Cast:
Doug e Doug
Mark Lobene
Kat Scicluna
Mr. Gerald Johnson
Ms. Gertrude Sexton
Ebube Ibekwe
 

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1440 & Counting

Description

Mrs. Nickel (Loretta Devine) is a burned-out teacher full of regret. She is one day away, fourteen hundred and forty minutes from retirement and a fresh start. She's packing up her apartment when she is confronted by a desperate man from her past. When she discovers a beloved student of hers is in danger, her life is turned upside down within minutes.

Cast & Crew

Director: Tony Gapastione

Cast:
Loretta Devine
Jeremy Ray Valdez


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#AmeriCAN

Description

Jim Mitchell is an LAPD officer. During dinner with his family that night, Jim gets into an argument with his teenage son Justin. Justin wants to go hang out with his friend JB in the inner city. Jim tells him that he has to stay home. On his night beat, Jim responds to a break in at a convenience store. The owner tells Jim that he some young black males at the scene. Jim sees a group fitting the description and gives chase. When they don't stop, he opens fire. When he turns the body over, however, he sees that victim he shot is none other than his son, who snuck out of the house and went to visit his friend anyway.

 

Cast & Crew

Director: Nate Parker

Cast:
Joseph Millson
Jance Enslin
Sarah Jane-Potts
Michael Leone
Shyhein Parker

 

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Ackee & Saltfish

Description

On a sunny Sunday afternoon Olivia and Rachel carry out their usual routine of absolute relaxation, however when the time comes to whip up some brunch it turns out Rachel forgot to soak the saltfish overnight. With an empty fridge, a lazy sunday afternoon state of mind and hearts set on ackee & saltfish, the two friends decide to drive down the road to Dalston to get some Caribbean takeaway. Their mission for some nourishment turns sour as the social ills present in their native Dalston divides their opinions and tensions begin to rise. Their situation escalates and somehow things turn from empty-bellied banter about Solange Knowles, and cous-cous, to heated conversations about society and the state of the world.


Cast & Crew

Director: Cecile Emeke

Cast:
Vanessa Babirye
Michelle Tiwo


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A Ballerina's Tale

Description

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Nelson George

Cast:
Misty Copeland
Susan Fales-Hill
Victoria Rowell


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