Stanhope

Description

Stanhope is a drama about a teenage inner city kid from Brooklyn, New York who gets caught up in a web of violence as a paid assassin.


Cast & Crew

Director: Solvan Naim

Cast:
Malik Lockett
Johnnie Mae
Nedra McClyde
Rob Morgan


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Standing8

Description

A determined journeyman boxer begins experiencing seizures after killing an opponent in the ring in the lead-up to his first title-fight, jeopardizing his sanity and his entire way of life.


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Molina Minard

Cast:
Jon Michael Hill
Germar T Gardner
Alfie Fuller


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Shame

Description

It's Detroit 1968, and an up-and-coming soul singer Lionel Jacobs (Tyrese Gibson) is working the nightclub scene, trying to climb to the top of the charts. He is married to his background singer Bobbi Ann (Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson) and wants to do right by her and their children. But his struggle with drugs and alcohol test the strength of his fidelity and their relationship.


Cast & Crew

Director: Paul Hunter

Cast:
Tyrese Gibson
Jennifer Hudson


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South Arcadia Street

Description

A day at school turns volatile when a traumatized student and a new inner-city teacher inadvertently go head to head.


Cast & Crew

Director: Melanie D'Andrea

Cast:
Vanessa Born
Edwin Walker


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Somewhere In The Middle

Description

Four lovers collide into each others' lives as one marriage morphs into several intertwining affairs. SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE was born out of a year long improvisational process in which the actors and director mutually crafted an ensemble drama. Structured like a jigsaw puzzle, no character fully grasps their current dilemma as interwoven stories are retold from varying viewpoints.


Cast & Crew

Director: Lanre Olabisi

Cast:
Cassandra Freeman
Charles Miller
Marisol Miranda


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Since I Laid Eyes

Description

Two former lovers, Charlie and Ilene, reconnect over drinks after breaking up six years ago. They explore the reasons that their secret relationship failed, while trying to decide whether or not to rekindle their dysfunctional romance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Adele Morales

Cast:
Gina Rodriguez
Berto Colon


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Roubado

Description

A teen photographer in the south of France develops a tense relationship with his mother's new boyfriend after his parents' recent breakup.


Cast & Crew

Director: Erica A. Watson

Cast:
Darrell Lake
Jean-Pierre Vertus
Mickaëlle Bizet
Tiffany Tenille


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Romeo Is Bleeding

Description

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?


Cast & Crew

Director: Jason Zeldes

Cast:
Donté Clark
D'neise Robinson
Molly Raynor
Deandre Evans


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Riding 79

Description

Forced to care for his little sister after losing both parents, a 16-year-old ends up in a foreign surf town with almost-senile grandparents, but soon finds solace in fantasies of a pin-up girl and sets out to find her. Hitting the road in a stolen car with an uninvited guest, his quest leads to miles of challenges, self-discovery and surprisingly, a new love.


Cast & Crew

Director: Karola Hawk Gonzalez

Cast:
Kim Rhodes
Madalyn Horcher
Lorenzo Henrie
Nikki Hahn


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Quest for Cuba: Questlove Brings the Funk to Havana

Description

Visiting Havana on a goodwill mission aimed to win the hearts and feet of the Cuban people, Questlove (band leader of The Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), provides two nights of music to a packed house of young Cubans who came to hear him DJ at La Fabrica de Arte Cubano in April, 2015 - just a few days after President Barack Obama and Raul Castro sat down for their historic meeting at The Summit of the Americas in Panama. In the process, Questlove establishes himself as a (unofficial) US Ambassador of Music and Culture to Cuba.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jauretsi & Daniel Petruzzi

Cast:
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


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Pocha

Description

After being deported from the U.S.A. for credit card fraud, Claudia (22) is forced to go to her estranged father’s cattle ranch in northern México. Struggling to adapt to family and a way of life she has never known, she partners with a dangerous smuggler who promises to get her back to America if she helps him trespass on her family’s ranch. Both a slow burning thriller and classic western, POCHA (MANIFEST DESTINY) follows the transformative journey of a young woman confronting the high price of American ideals in the dark places between two cultures.


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Dwyer

Cast:
Veronica Sixtos
Roberto Urbina
Julio Cedillo
Jesse Garcia
Jorge A Jimenez
María del Carmen Farías


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Only Light

Description

When a young girl is kidnapped from the Congo and sold as a sex worker to the U.S., she finds an escape from reality by watching a teenage girl next door.


Cast & Crew

Director: Evita M. Castine

Cast:
Kennedy Zimet
Brooke McNeal
Aaron D. Spears
Michole White and Michael Beach


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Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ

Description

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ honors the boxing legend in a way that goes beyond a simple portrayal of historic events. The directors have used a unique mix of memorable interviews and evocative and rarely seen archival images to illustrate his significant impact on culture. His influence can be immediately recognized in hip-hop as he has been referenced numerous times by the genre’s leading voices. The film highlights more than Muhammad Ali’s brilliance in the ring and shines a light on both his legacy as a social activist who has never wavered from fighting against injustice and his infamous charm that still wins over hearts around the world today.


Cast & Crew

Director: Clarence "Coodie" Simmons & Chike Ozah

Cast:
Jim Brown
Muhammad Ali
Godfrey C. Danchimah
Laila Ali
Nas
Genesis The Grey Kid
LL Cool J
David Banner
Tyrese
J. Ivy
Walt Frazier

Sugar Ray Leonard
Brian Cebello
Mike Tyson
Jeffrey T. Sammons
Michael Eric Dyson
Common
Ronnie Essett
Shaya Ali
Roni Marsalis
Ray Lewis
Rosie Perez


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Marianne

Description

A young, Nigerian man travels to a remote Pentecostal church with his terminally ill wife.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tomisin Adepeju

Cast:
Tobi Bakare
Vivienne Bell
Femi Ogunjobi


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Mandala

Description

After losing her lover, a young artist tries to overcome her grief by succumbing to a mysterious request by a Tibetan monk.


Cast & Crew

Director: Guan Xi

Cast:
Sarah Li
Duo Bu Jie
Omar Avila
Sonam Droka
Kelsang Metok Lahaksampa


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The Loyalist

Description

A North Korean general checks in on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland.


Cast & Crew

Director: Minji Kang

Cast:
Hyuk-Poong Kwon
Woorim Jung
Jongman Kim


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Love for Passion

Description

Love for Passion tells the story of Jeffrey Love an African-American ballet dancer on the eve of his NYC solo debut. After ten years of estrangement, his father, Darryl shows up seeking forgiveness for a multitude of transgressions. Jeffrey is conflicted as to whether to meet his father or maintain his distance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nathan Hale Williams

Cast:
James Brown III
Miles Mussenden
Desmond Richardson
Malika Mallette
La Rivers


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Looking at the Stars

Description

Looking at the Stars tells the story of inspiring young women chasing their dream: in a world built on sight and sound, they are part of the only ballet school for blind, located in São Paulo, Brazil. This documentary focuses on Geyza, one of the instructors and the star of the academy. She lost her sight at the age of nine, and learning ballet changed her life forever. We follow her life and struggles in a city that wasn't built for the blind. It is a film about the beauty of dance and, above all, about the beauty of perseverance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Alexandre Peralta

Cast:
Geyza Pereira
Fernanda Bianchini
Cesar Albuquerque


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Lia

Description

Lia is a 15 year old girl living with the sickle cell disease, who craves nothing more than to be a normal teenager. Fed up of her over protective mother and her disease, Lia stays out late with her friends one day in the hope of seeing her secret crush Ryan. However the day turns sour when Lia's sickle cell betrays her and is left to deal with the repercussions of her choices.


Cast & Crew

Director: Ethosheia Hylton

Cast:
Tiffany Mancini
Linda Mathis
Toheeb Jimoh


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Late Expectations

Description

A young woman's world comes crashing down the day before high school graduation.


Cast & Crew

Director: Laurie Arakaki

Cast:
Thais Francis
Tre'von Lyle
Erica Trumpet
April Armstrong


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