Flowers

Description

A revenge plot spirals out of control as two Brooklyn teens maneuver a Summer day they'll never forget.


Cast & Crew

Directors: 
Nikyatu Jusu
Yvonne Michelle Shirley

Writers:
Nikyatu Jusu
Yvonne Michelle Shirley

Producers:
Nikyatu Jusu
Yvonne Michelle Shirley

Cinematographer: Jamal Solomon

Principal Cast: 
Amee Apedo
Belle LeGrand
Grant Tambellini


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Gidi Blues

Description

Akin is an indulged playboy from an affluent family who accidentally meets an interesting beauty in an unpredictable place. Nkem is a beautiful, confident but unusual young lady who devotes herself to her work as a community volunteer in the belly of the city’s worst slum. Their encounter drags Akin into a whirlwind experience that unravels his world.


Cast & Crew

Director: Femi Odugbemi
Writer: Femi Odugbemi

Producers: 
Femi Odugbemi
Taiwo Egunjobi

Cinematographer: Lanre Olupona

Principal Cast: 
Gideon Okeke
Hauwa Allahbura
Banky W
Lepacious Bose
Daniel Lloyd
Tina Mba
Bukky Wright
Aduke


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Honeytrap (Alumni Spotlight)

Description

HONEYTRAP is the harrowing rite-of-passage drama inspired by a real-life crime of love, betrayal and murder in 2009. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Jessica Sula (Skins, ABC Family's Recovery Road) Lucien Laviscount (Fox's Scream Queens), Naomi Ryan (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Ntonga Mwanza (LEAVE TO REMAIN). Girlhood and gang culture collide in HONEYTRAP as 15-year old Layla (Sula) contends with bullying at a new school by transforming herself inside and out. The teen's compulsive journey for love and acceptance soon becomes fatal in this cautionary tale based on headline news adapted by writer/director Rebecca Johnson.


Cast & Crew

Director: Rebecca Johnson
Writer: Rebecca Johnson

Producer:
Sarah Sulick
Amy Ricker

Cinematographer: Annemarie Lean-Vercoe

Principal Cast:  
Jessica Sula
Lucien Laviscount
Ntonga Mwanza
Naomi Ryan


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Hush

Description

When a young ballerina performs as little red riding hood, the line between art and life blurs, and a real monster looms. As opening night approaches, she finds herself wanting to confide in a fellow dancer, but also afraid of the consequences.


Cast & Crew

Director: Whitney Clinkscales
Writer: Whitney Clinkscales
Producer: Brian Knight
Cinematographer: Jeremy Donaldson

Principal Cast: 
Isabella Iannuzzi
James Rich
Ian Bossung


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Insecure (HBO Series)

Description

The half-hour comedy series INSECURE, starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.


Cast & Crew

Creator and Executive Producer: Issa Rae

Executive Producers: 
Prentice Penny
Melina Matsoukas
Michael Rotenberg
Dave Beck
Jonathan Berry
Larry Wilmore (consultant)

Principal Cast: 
Issa Rae
Yvonne Orji
Jay Ellis
Lisa Joyce


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I Rise

Description

"I Rise" is a short film inspired by Andra Day's song "Rise Up" that tells the story of trailblazing African-American women who create, inspire and transform. The film features singer Andra Day, New Orleans Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and entrepreneur Brandice Daniel.


Cast & Crew

Director: Yoruba Richen

Producers: 
Angela Tucker
Umut Ozaydinli                                                          

Cinematographers: 
Mike Vargas
Shawn Peters
DJ McConduit

Principal Cast: 
Andra Day
Brandice Daniel
Kimberly Goldson
Latoya Cantrell


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Jewel's Catch One

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Description

"Jewel’s Catch One" documents the oldest Black owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams, who stood up against hate and discrimination for 42 years. The story of Jewel and “The Catch” celebrates four decades of music, fashion, celebrity, and activism that helped change the course of our country by breaking down racial, social, and cultural barriers. One of the original safe spaces for both the LGBT and Black communities, The Catch also served as a refuge for many during the AIDS crisis. As her club grew to become known as the "unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast," Jewel became a national model for how to combat discrimination and serve the less fortunate. The film is a lush visual and musical journey highlighted by exclusive interviews with Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis, Representative Maxine Waters and Bonnie Pointer. CCH Pounder narrates this historically important film.


Cast & Crew

Director: C. Fitz

Writers: 
C. Fitz
Tracy Mercer
Pat Branch

Producers: 
C. Fitz
Tracy Mercer
Stephanie Lincoln
Carmen Quiros

Associate Producers:
Pat Branch
Paul FitzGerald

Cinematographers: 
Garrett Benson
C. Fitz
Abe Martinez
Sean Flannery

Principal Cast:
Sharon Stone
Sandra Bernhard
Thelma Houston
Thea Austin
Evelyn "Champagne" King
Bonnie Pointer
Gene LaPietra
Al Von
Jewel Thais-Williams
Representative Maxine Waters
Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish)


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Leche

Description

Nina, a 9 year-old outcast girl with albinism, finds herself the target of a jealous classmate's witch hunt.


Cast & Crew

Director: Gabriella Moses
Writer: Gabriella Moses

Producers: 
Raven Jensen
Anchorlight
Sydney Buchan
Erica Hart
Shelley Cheung
Davide Sorasio

Cinematographer: Davide Sorasio

Principal Cast:
Ava Clarke
Dasani Nunez
Jessica Pimentel
Massiel Mordan


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Like Cotton Twines

Description

An American volunteer takes a teaching job in a remote African village where he meets a Tuigi, 13-year-old girl who is to become Trokosi. A practice of religious sexual slavery. Accepting of her fate, Tuigi's only desire it to be able to write her GED.


Cast & Crew

Director: Leila Djansi
Writer: Leila Djansi

Producers:
Akofa Djankui
Whitney Valcin
Dave Harper
Amanda Marshall

Cinematographer: Pietro Villani

Principal Cast: 
Jay Ellis
Miranda Bailey
Ophelia Dzidzornu
Yvonne Okoro
David Dontoh
Luckie Lawson


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Lilly's Secret

Description

Apparently, Lilly has no reason to be disappointed in life. Tonight she can't sleep. She takes a pregnancy test for the umpteenth time. A few weeks earlier in the middle of a crisis, she had an affair, seeking a missing connection. She has to make a choice. Whatever it will be, it is something that will change her life, forever.


Cast & Crew

Director: Emanuele Michetti
Writer: Emanuele Michetti

Producers:
Emanuele Michetti
Deukyun Hwang

Executive Producer: Dana Riveccio

Cinematographer: Emanuele Michetti

Principal Cast: 
Deukyun Hwang
Lee Way Lang
Lisa Sperry


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Martha & Niki

Description

Swedish dancers, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos, made history as the first women to win the finals of the prestigious street dance competition, Juste Debout. Taking this as a point of departure, the film follows these two women on a professional and emotional journey towards self-realisation on their own terms, navigating this male-dominated space where their beings as black women and belonging are contested. Their bond and trust in one another seems unbreakable. As time passes and the story unfolds in Stockholm, Paris, New York, Havana and Johannesburg it becomes clear that both dancers envision very different paths for themselves. Martha & Niki is a deeply moving story about the fragility of friendship.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Writer: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Producer: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Cinematographers:
Erik Vallsten
Niklas Nyberg
Senay Berhe
Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Principal Cast: Martha Nabwire
Niki Tsappos


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Mast Qalandar

Description

Montek, a Sikh boy is about to turn thirteen. Whilst tying his turban in the morning his mother asks him what he wants for his birthday. He doesn’t respond. If he tells her what he wants, she won’t let him have it.


Cast & Crew

Director: Divij Roopchand
Writer: Divij Roopchand
Producer: Nikolai Hamel
Cinematographer: JP Garcia

Principal Cast: 
Mohammad Samad
Ekavali Khanna
Rajesh Tailang


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