Ablution

Description

The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

Everyday Waleed washes his disabled dad, Khaled, for prayer as a part of their Islamic religious obligation. But, when Khaled suspects his son is gay he's torn between accepting him or living on his own unable to pray.
 

Cast & Crew

Jay Abdo
Omar Al Dakheel
Austin MacKinnon 

Director, Writer & Producer: Omar Al Dakheel
Producer & DP: Xing-Mai Deng
Producer & AD: Itai Forman
Associate Producer: Tim Jacobi
Editor: Avi Glick
Production Designer: Arman Gosparini
Composer: Murat Selcuk
Supervising Sound Editor: Zheng Jia

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AKASHI (あかし)

Description

Kana, a young Japanese woman is pursuing her dream in America. However her new lifestyle has made her emotionally distant and can’t seem to sustain a long term relationship. Her mother calls informing Kana that grandma passed away. As Kana returns home, she recalls her most intimate conversation with grandma. In their talk, Grandma is proud of Kana for leaving Japan. Kana argues it’s even harder to raise a family and sustain a marriage for a lifetime. Grandma tells Kana that their marriage was far from ideal, and reveals a secret which changes Kana’s attitudes on relationships.
 

Cast & Crew

Yayoi Hirano
Hiro Kanagawa
Linda Uyehara Hoffman
Mayumi Yoshida 

Producer/Writer/Director/Actor: Mayumi Yoshida
Producer: Phil Planta
Producer/DOP: Adam Van Steinburg
Produce: Nach Dudsdeemaytha
 

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Alaska Is A Drag

Description

Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he's stuck in Alaska.
 

Cast & Crew

Martin L. Washington Jr. 
Maya Washington
Matt Dallas
Christopher O’Shea
Jason Scott Lee
Margaret Cho
Kevin Daniels
Nia Peeples
John Fleck
Adam Tomei 

Director/Writer: Shaz Bennet
Director of Photography: Alison Kelly
Production Designer: Michael Fitzgerald
Costume Designer: Lauren Silvestri
Editors: Jean-Pierre Caner, Lex Benedict, Brooke Sebold
Music: Maciej Zielinski
Additional Music: Alexis Marsh, Samuel Jones
Casting: Chanelle Desautels, Johanna Weirauch
Producer: Melanie Miller, Diane Becker, Shaz Bennett, Jean-Pierre Caner
Executive Producers: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes, Maya Washington, Michael Paolillo, Ryan Smith

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Alone

Description

With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. A documentary short filmed in black and white, “Alone” mines layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of love within the modern Black American family.
 

Cast & Crew

Alone Watts
Desmond Watson 

Director: Garrett Bradley
Producer: Lauren Domino
Producer: Dolly Turner
Cinematographer: Zac Manuel
Additional Cinematographer: Justin Zweifach, Paavo Hanninen
Original Score: Jonathan Zalben
Production Sound: Dorian Celestian
Editor: Garrett Bradley
Assistant Editor: Daniela Leal
Sound Design: Zack Howard
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo
Coordinating Producer: Lindsay Crouse
Supervising Editor: Andrew Blackwell
 

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Atone

Description

Glenn Clark is a high profile and respected minister, in some of the most dangerous areas of Los Angeles. He counsels at risk youth and adults dedicating his life to getting them back on track.  Amidst his stellar reputation, a stranger from the unknown emerges and asks Glenn to atone for a dark secret he’s hidden for decades. No man is above God's law... We must Atone.
 

Cast & Crew

Shaun Baker
Richard Gant
Deborah Lacey
Naiyah Scaife
Jeffrey Rolle Jr. 
Shaquann Nesbitt
Carlos Heredia
Saudia Yasmien
Malik Barnhardt
Monica R. Cooper

Director/Writer: Damion L. Smith
Producer: Monica R. Cooper
Executive Producers: Damion L. Smith, Rhonda R. Conley
Director of Photography: Tony Aaron II
Associate Producer: Rhonda R. Conley, Tony Jacobs
Editor: Gilly Rudolf
Music: Jeffrey Alan Jones
Production Sound Mixer: David Spates
Best Boy/Gaffer: Lance Mitchell

Make Up Artist: Hadley Rose Kennedy
Hair: Ken Rich
Script Supervisor: Lillian S. Lee
Key Art Concept: Saudia Yasmein
Production Assistants: Imani Higgins, Sidney Breedlove, Aamar Blair, Naurah Blair
Swing/Set PA: David Dortch
Key Set PA: Jovan Thomas
Visual Effects: TBD 

Sound Designer: Jeffrey Alan Jones
Colorist: Gilly Rudolf
Web Design: Christopher "Corp" Felton
Assistant to Monica Cooper: Koi Martinez
 

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Baltimore Rising

Description

Directed by The Wire actor Sonja Sohn, this thought-provoking documentary follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, in the wake of Freddie Gray's death, even as the homicide rate hits record levels, and explores how to make change when change is hard.
 

Cast & Crew

Executive Producers: Sonja Sohn, Marc Levin, Anthony Hemingway, George Pelecanos and Mark Taylor
Producer: Nathan Mook
Supervising Producers: Daphne Pinkerson and Karen Rozansky
Directed By: Sonja Sohn

For HBO:
Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
 

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Beautiful Soul

Description

Music Video
 

Cast & Crew

Singer/Songwriter: Elan Varner
Producer/Director/Cinematographer: Jac Benson
 

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Behind the Curtain: Eclipsed

Description

A documentary chronicling the rise and realization of Eclipsed -- a groundbreaking Broadway play written, directed and performed by all women of African descent.
 

Cast & Crew

Danai Gurira
Saycon Sengbloh
Liesl Tommy
Akosua Busia
Zainab Jah
Lupita Nyong’o
Clint Ramos
Cookie Jordan

Executive Producer: Ava L. Hall
Co-Executive Producer: Michael D. Armstrong
Producer: Collins J. Harris IV
Producer: Michaela Angela Davis
Co-Producer: Stephen C. Byrd
Co-Producer: Alia Jones-Harvey
Associate Producer: Tamara Scurlock Briggs
 

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Big City

Description

Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up a stray drunk, Chris. Vijay's distrust is slowly broken down as Chris befriends him. Over the course of the night, Chris experiences some of Vijay's nightly troubles, and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.
 

Cast & Crew

Gurvinder Atwal
CJ Fortuna

Director: Jordan Bond
Co-Director: Ryan Lachlan
 

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Blackout

Description

Chain of events that unfolds in a forgotten Brooklyn neighborhood during the summer blackout of 2003.
 

Cast & Crew

Jeffrey Wright
Zoe Saldana
Michael B. Jordan
Saul Rubinek
Jamie Hector
Susan Kelechi Watson
Tobias Truvillion
Prodigy
Latanya Richardson Jackson
Anthony Chisholm
Sean Blakemore
Melvin Van Peebles

Director: Jerry LaMothe
Producers: Judith F. Aidoo and Jeffrey C. Wright
DP: Ben Wolf

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Brown Girl Begins

Description

In 2049 the poor are confined to an island off the mainland of Toronto renamed The Burn. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die.
 

Cast & Crew

Mouna Traore
Emmanuel Kabongo
Shakura S'Aida
Nigel Shawn Williams
Rachael Crawford
Hannah Chantee
Measha Brueggergosman
David Rudder 

Writer, Director, Producer: Sharon Lewis
Producer: Floyd Kane
Producer: Vince Buda
Producer: Jenn Paul
Co-producer: Kulbinder Saran Caldwell
Executive Producers: Robin Cass, Sandra Cunningaham, Jennifer Ouano

DOP: Mark Forand
Casting Director: Marsha Chesley
Editors: Ben Lawrence, Richard Mandin
Production Designer: Monika Geresz
Composer: Aaron Ferrera
Sound Design: Chris Davies
Costume Designer: Shannon Pomakov
Stunt Coordinator: John Stead
 

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Bruce!!!!

Description

Bruce is an a**hole. And every a**hole has his day. 
 

Cast & Crew

Eden Marryshow
Mlé Chester
Jason Tottenham
Cesa Pledger
Jade Eshete

Executive Producers: Gene Pope, Sasha Lewis, and Eden Marryshow
Producers: Sasha Lewis, Cesa Pledger, and Eden Marryshow
Director: Eden Marryshow
Writers: Eden Marryshow, Jesse Wakeman
 

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Cargo

Description

When his income as a fisherman proves woefully insufficient to cover his son’s school fees, Kevin turns to human smuggling in order to raise desperately needed funds. Kevin finds that he’s good at this dangerous yet profitable vocation—good enough to trust himself with smuggling his own girlfriend and her son to the US. But when faced with having to abandon refugees at sea far from Miami shores, Kevin is suddenly forced to reassess his responsibilities.
 

Cast & Crew

Warren Brown
Gessica Geneus
Persia White
Omar Dorsey Jr. 
Sky Nicole Grey
Jamie Donnelly 

Director: Kareem J. Mortimer
Producer: Alexander Younis
Producer: Trevite Willis
Producer: Nicole Sylvester
Producer: Kristie Lutz
Editor: Phyllis Housen
Director of Photography: Ian Bloom
 

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Catching Feelings

Description

Catching Feelings is a film written and directed by Kagiso Lediga. Set in a chic and middle class Johannesburg - it is a tale of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways.

Catching Feelings follows a jaded academic and his journalist wife, who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer unexpectedly moves into their urban Johannesburg home with them.
 

Cast & Crew

Kagiso Lediga
Pearl Thusi
Andrew Buckland
Akin Omotoso
Precious Makgaretsa
Kate Liquorish
Zandi Tisani

Director/Producer: Kagiso Lediga
Producer: Tamsin Andersson
Producer: John Volmink
Director of Photography: Motheo Moeng
Production Designer: Esme Viviers
Editor: Khulekani Zondi
Composer: Bokani Dyer
 

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Coach Jake

Description

At 70 years old, Martin "Coach Jake" Jacobson is the most winning high school coach in New York City history. Both on the soccer field and off, this season may be his toughest yet. With a rapidly advancing liver disease and age taking its toll, his legacy as a winner is on the line as the clock on his life and career begin to wind down. A documentary by Ian Phillips.
 

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer: Derek Cribbs
Producer: Ian Phillips  
Director: Ian Phillips
Director of Photography: Ian Phillips
Editor: Cedar Daniels
 

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Cocoon

Description

1997 China is a place of transitions. Control of Hong Kong has just returned to the mainland. Western values are beginning to impact traditional Chinese values.

At this time, 11-year-old Qingqing is also in a place of transition. On the cusp of adolescence, she lives with her mom in the peaceful city of Wuhan. Her father, who works in Shenzhen (China’s first special economic zone) comes home only once a month. Qingqing and her friends are beginning to discover the opposite sex, and each other.
 

Cast & Crew

Jinger Li
Jing Yang
Yuan Xu
Zhe Gong 

Director: Mei Liying
Producer: Xu Zhang
Writers: Mei Liying, Xu Zhang
DP: Jon Keng
Editor: Yifan Zhang
Music: Pantawit Kiangsiri
 

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Covered

Description

A married, Muslim woman in crises becomes intrigued by "what" and then "who" she believes might be buried in her backyard. At her breaking point, she and her husband will dig it all up before day breaks.
 

Cast & Crew

Karla Mosley
Darian Dauchan
Nandi Abdus-Shakoor 

Writer, Producer & Director: Desha Dauchan
Producer: Jennifer O'Reggio
Associate Producer: Malcolm Barrett
Executive Producer: Shirley Dauchan
Director of Photography: Jerry Henry
Editor: Melba Williams
Sound Design: Jay Nierenberg
Color: Suny Behar
Music by: 4 Hero & Jessie Montgomery
Sound: Mikaal Sulaiman
Assistant Camera: Dan Major
Gaffer: Michael Newman
Gaffer: Brendon Bonney
Sound Editor: Katerina Frederick
Sound Editor: Steven Iba
Production Assistant: Mikayla O'Reggio
Production Assistant: Alley Gaspar
Jimbe Drummer: Ali Abdus-Shakoor
 

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Covers

Description

The story of a young man from the streets of South Central who chooses between a life of mediocrity spent with the flawed people he loves, or a life of promise afforded to him via his ability to create modern R&B renditions of classic pop songs.
 

Cast & Crew

Tristan Wilds
Malcolm M. Mays
Kofi Siriboe 

Director/Writer: Malcolm M. Mays
Director of Photography: Corwin Garber
Producers: Domonic Smith-Weston & Jerome Harris
Executive Producer: Tristan Wilds, Tamara Simmons, Stephen "GC" Boykins
 

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Curiosities of The Quiet Boy

Description

A partially deaf 12-year-old undergoes a series of supernatural phenomena in the midst of mourning his mother.
 

Cast & Crew

Trace Price
Veronica Wade
Carrol Copper 

Director: Quran Squire
Producers: David Fortune and Francine Crawford
Director of Photography: Matthew Ballard
Production Designer: Kelley Carter
Steadicam: Calvin Falk
 

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Dayton Jones

Description

Dayton Jones used to be bad ass in the blaxploitation '70s. But now it is 1981 and instead of beating up chumps, he settles insurance claims in Chocolate City aka Washington, D.C. One day his quiet life is up ended by two meetings: one with a local gambling kingpin and the other with a long lost girlfriend. Each meeting draws Dayton back to a past he wants to forget.
 

Cast & Crew

Brandon J. Dirden
Cassandra Freeman
Reg E. Cathey
Jordan Mahome

Director: Nelson George
Producer: Leslie Norville
Director of Photography: Cliff Charles
Editor: Liron Reiter
Composer: Elliott Wheeler
Production Designer: Danica Pantic
Costume Designer: Emily Gunshor
 

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