Last Night

Description

Part Richard Linklater's Before Sunset series, part Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and part jazzy love letter to DC. A serendipitous, down to earth, gritty slice of four people's lives. LAST NIGHT is a romance drama starring Judi Blair, Danny Gavigan, Benton Greene and Nedra McClyde. Sky's (Judi Blair) last night in Washington DC before moving to North Carolina with her boyfriend (Benton Greene) becomes a whirlwind of emotions when a chance meeting with an attractive stranger (Danny Gavigan) tests her will.


Cast & Crew

Director: Harold Jackson III

Cast:
Judi Blair
Danny Gavigan
Nedra McClyde
Benton Greene
Nikkole Salter


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Knucklehead

Description

When his brother disappears, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is left without a protector in Brooklyn’s housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard) he must take his future into his own hands. He sets out to find the one person he believes can cure him, a magazine columnist doctor who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails. Becoming 'mentally excellent' will mean moving into an apartment of his own with his girlfriend. Langston strives for independence from his prior life, from his mother, from his neighborhood, and from his fractured mind.


Cast & Crew

Director: Ben Bowman

Cast:
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Alfre Woodard
Amari Cheatom
Carla Duren
Nikiya Mathis
Justin Myrick


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King of Guangzhou

Description

King of Guangzhou is a film about Adede, a Nigerian man fighting to stay in China with Mei Ling his pregnant wife. His visa extension has been denied and he is facing imminent deportation. With time running out he is forced to resort to other means of obtaining a visa. Chike, his boyhood friend from Lagos, secures illegal visas from the underground market. He must now decide to risk all he has worked for to obtain an illegal visa or be separated from everything he loves.


Cast & Crew

Director: Quester Hannah

Cast:
Uchenna Onyia
Karen Bee Lin Tan
Michael Onuabuike


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January 1st

Description

In the midst of his parent's divorce, a twelve-year-old boy will stop at nothing to find his father's stolen piano. Because if the piano comes back, his father is sure to follow.


Cast & Crew

Director: Erika Bagnarello

Cast:
Víctor Pintor
Paula Sánchez-Ferry
Carlos Báez
Ximena Duque


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In The Clouds

Description

The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube.


Cast & Crew

Director: Marcelo Mitnik

Cast:
Valeria Blanc
Jeremy Glazer
Martin Piroyansky
Veronica Hassan
Javier Drolas
Maria Canale
Luciano Cazaux
Luz Palazon
Alan Sabbagh
Iair Said


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In Football We Trust

Description

IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring in rich detail the remarkable story behind the Polynesian Pipeline to the NFL. A contemporary American story, the film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander NFLers. With unprecedented access and shot over a four year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tony Vainuku & Erica Cohn

Cast: N/A


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Human Behavior

Description

A man pays his ex girlfriend an unexpected visit.


Cast & Crew

Director: Carey Williams

Cast:
David Castaneda
Fiorella Vescovi


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Honeytrap

Description

Fresh off the boat from Trinidad and full of fairytale fantasies, Layla arrives to live with her mother in Brixton, London. She is soon swept off her feet by self-styled gang leader/rapper Troy. But in the dog-eat-dog world where being Troy’s girl buys her envy as well as status, social outsider Shaun becomes her only true friend. When Troy discards her, Layla is left in ruins. She vows to rebuild herself as a hardened player in order to win him back and Shaun becomes a pawn in her game. Soon the forces she has set in motion are escalating out of control.


Cast & Crew

Director: Rebecca Johnson

Cast:
Jessica Sula
Lucien Laviscount
Ntonga Mwanza
Naomi Ryan


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Hate Crimes in The Heartland

Description

Hate Crimes in the Heartland is an award winning documentary film and community outreach project by Emmy Award winner Rachel Lyon. Like no other documentary exploring this topic, Heartland portrays the shocking violence rooted in America’s history of racial hatred through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where two hate crimes, over 90 years apart, are impacting human rights, education and communities today. Hate Crimes in the Heartland will soon be available on DVD and at major media outlets.


Cast & Crew

Director: Rachel Lyon

Cast: N/A


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Gang

Description

Three young people in Staten Island, New York, search for meaning and identity. As they travel through the city over the length of a single day, they dance, drink, smoke, sing, and try to figure out who they really are with the only people who care: each other.


Cast & Crew

Director: Clayton Vomero

Cast:
Mela Murder
Infinite Coles
Denasia Moore


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Forgiving Chris Brown

Description

Forgiving Chris Brown is a dark comedy short that follows the follies of “Rihanna”, “Halle” and “Tina”. These stylish girlfriends hope to heal their battered hearts through the old-fashioned way – Revenge. The emotional baggage they carry ties them together and makes for some unorthodox fun. Add these three heartsick ladies plus one bound & unrepentant man to the hot desert and watch them sizzle on screen. Things take a gut-wrenching turn when Rihanna must decide once and for all what to do with her “Chris”.


Cast & Crew

Director: Marquette Jones

Cast:
Lodric Collins
Tanda Kerín
Tami Jordan
Tiffany Daniels
Peggy Painton


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Fanta Face

Description

Djamillah is a self-absorbed beauty queen who is obsessed with winning Miss Universe, but can only manage to place second in competition. 'Why?' she wonders, as she is the model of perfection - beauty, brains and body. The only possible thing holding her back, she surmises, is her dark brown complexion. She turns to her best friend and fellow competitor, Everly, for help. Everly's Aunt and Master of the Dark Arts, Aunty V, may have the solution to Djamillah's "problem". Desperate times call for desperate measures....But will it be enough to help Djamillah snag the crown?


Cast & Crew

Director: Yaa Boaa Aning

Cast:
Carlett Martin-Brown
Jani Wang
Cindera Che


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Dubois

Description

A London girl (Linda) recovering from the grief of her husbands death, visits family on the island of Trinidad; there she finds herself strangely drawn to a mentally ill homeless man (Dubois) she sees wandering the streets, and he to her...a metaphysical, spiritual journey follows, ending in an unnerving discovery...
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Kaz Ové

Cast:
Eamonn Walker
Indra Ové
Michael Cherrie


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Dream

Description

A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance at her desert town’s annual carnival, and learns painful lessons about love in the process. Adapted from Nijla Mu'min's short story, "The Carnival," this bittersweet family drama looks at dream and reality in the mind of a developing girl who waits for her truck-driving father to come home.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nijla Mu'min

Cast:
Aramé Scott
Crystal Cotton
Ka'ramuu Kush
Kobie Dozier
Mayumi Rhone


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Dramatic Escape

Description

Dramatic Escape transports the viewer into the lives of a group of maximum security inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York, as they attempt to mount a behind-the-bars stage production of A Few Good Men.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nick Quested

Cast:
N/A


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Debt to Society

Description

The story of Sampson’s first and last day of freedom since being released from prison. When he finds he has nowhere to call home, he wanders into a deli where he gets stuck in the back as a young man named Q holds up the cashier at gun point.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tristan Daley

Cast:
Shaun Woodland
Sidiki Fofana
Rich Mair


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The Cycle

Description

An officer wrongfully shoots a kid and is cleared of wrongdoing. He is forced to confront the personal and societal burden of his actions.


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Marantz

Cast:
Ade Otukoya
Kalili Turner


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Clean

Description

The streets of New York City are like an obstacle course for James, a young man struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Every day new challenges arise, from riding the subway to getting ready for school in the morning. The film explores OCD through the eyes of a young boy navigating an oppressive city while still experiencing the familiar pains of growing up.


Cast & Crew

Director: Gabriel Wilson

Cast:
Marquise Neal
Reggie Street
Jeffery Desalu
Heaven Michelle McCoy
Ishah Diop


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Charlotte

Description

When her new friend Charlotte wants to play house, Alex innocently plays along and develops feelings she doesn't understand.


Cast & Crew

Director: Angel Kristi Williams

Cast:
Brianna Cormier
Zayden Bates and Denise Boutte


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Chapter & Verse

Description

Former gang leader returns home after 8 years of incarceration with the determination to change his life. He forms an unlikely friendship with a grandmother and helps to save her grandson from the crossroads of self destruction, keeping him from joining a vicious Harlem gang.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jamal Joseph

Cast:
Daniel Beaty
Loretta Devine
Omari Hardwick
Selenis Leyva
Justin Martin


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