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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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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

Director: Collin Harris
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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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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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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Emergency

Description

Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.
 

Cast & Crew

Darrell Lake
Jason Woods
Peter Pasco

Director: Carey Williams
Writer: K.D. Dávila
Producer: Joenique C. Rose
Cinematographer: Jomo Fray
Editor: David Aristizabal
 

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Flip The Record

Description

A little-known but lasting explosion of hip-hop culture grew out of the Filipino-American community of 1980s San Francisco. This film takes us into the beat of an aspiring mobile DJ crew in '84. Vanessa, sick of the the constraints and boring piano lessons in her conservative Filipino-American household, starts teaching herself on the sly how to scratch on her older brother’s turntables. We follow Ness as she discovers her talents and place in the local music scene of the era.
 

Cast & Crew

Courtney Bandeko
Michael Rosete
Sammay Dizon
Jon Viktor Corpuz
JD Charisma
Derek Bosco
Olga Natividad
DJ Icy Ice

Director: Marie Jamora
 

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French

Description

At seventeen, Seyna, a teenager from Cameroon is passionate about France history, the country where she was born and she is deeply in love.

Her diploma in hand, and approaching her majority, Seyna aspires only to one thing: getting French nationality. But her father Amidou is fiercely opposed to it.
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Josza Anjembe
Senya: Grace Seri
 

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Geek Girls

Description

Women inhabit the hidden half of nerd culture; a world of cute dresses, professional gamers, fake names and death threats. In the first feature-length documentary about geeky women, filmmaker Gina Hara struggles through unexpected resistance to discover and show their experiences.
 

Cast & Crew

Elisabeth Fallen
Mariko McDonald
Stephanie Harvey
Jamie Broadnax
Rebecca Cohen-Palacios
Mia Moore
Anita Sengupta
Rachel Simon Weil
Kim Hoang
"Alice" 
"Meeee" 

Director: Gina Hara
Producer: Michael Massicotte
DOP: Mattias Graham
Editor: Mirenda Ouellet
 

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High & Mighty

Description

Lovable loser from the hood, Chelo Chavez, needs to get his shit together.  After surviving a vicious shooting unscathed, Marcelo “Chelo” Chavez discovers that he has superhuman powers. But only when he’s drunk or high. Meaning really drunk…and really high! With the help of his sarcastic lil’ sis and his homies Hugo and Pat, Chelo tries to find out how he got these powers…and what he’s going to do with them now. Will Chelo be the saviour of his Latino LA hood? Or just a bulletproof bum with a drinking problem?
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada
Writer/EP: Cesar Mazariegos
Producers: Adam Hendricks, John H. Lang, Greg Gilreath
DP: Martim Vian
Prod Designer: Tyler Jensen
Editor: Taylor Brusky

Chelo: Jorge Diaz
Knotts: James Eckhouse
Angie: Shakira Barrera
Pat: Adam Zastrow
Luz: Chelsea Rendon


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Hijo por Hijo (Child For Child)

Description

The life of a Venezuelan Kidnapper takes an unexpected turn on his last job.
 

Cast & Crew

Oliver Morillo
Ernesto Campos
María Alesia Machado
Alejandro Furth

Director: Juan Avella
Producer: Sharon Waich B
DP: David Rivera Rojas
Composer: Pablo Croissier/Composer
Sound Designer: Orlando Perez Rosso
Editors: Antonio Marin and Otto Scheuren
Production Designer: Daniela Hinestroza
Executive Producers: Shelby Farrell & Juan Avella
 

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I Love Bekka & Lucy

Description

I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY tells the story of two quirky best friends with a unique friendship. As in real life, things become complicated when Lucy gets a surprise proposal from her insecure slacker boyfriend Harry. The news of the engagement comes as a shock to Bekka, who now has to come to terms with potentially losing her best friend. As the friends deal with their impending separation, new neighbor Glenn moves in next door and ruins their mojo.
 

Cast & Crew

EP/Writer/Director: Rachael Holder
EP: Chris Boyd
EP: Jordana Mollick
EP: Kevin Mann
DP: Jack Caswell
Production Designer: Alexandra Branger
Editor: Gena Fridman

Bekka: Jessica Parker Kennedy
Lucy: Tanisha Long
Glenn: Alexis Denisof
Harry: Christopher Nicholas Smith
 

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Independent

Description

INDEPENDENT follows four of hip hop’s most exciting independent artists – Futuristic, Reverie, Sean Brown, and Trinidad James – as they work to take over the music scene without the ties of a major record label. Stage 13 follows these bold artists as they grow their fan base, tour internationally and deal with the harsh realities that come when chasing the dream. This series is about the hustle, the vision and the American hip-hop dream.
 

Cast & Crew

Futuristic
Sean Brown
Reverie
Trinidad James

Executive Producers: Joshua Greenberg & Adrian Guillemet
 

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Just Go!

Description

Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST (24), who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door - IEVA (23).

The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob Ieva in front of JUST.

In the blink of an eye JUST decides to follow the thieves to retrieve IEVA’S bag and conquer her heart.
 

Cast & Crew

Just: Aleksandrs Ronis
Ieva: Jana Herbsta
Thief 1: Toms Velicko
Thief 2: Sergejs Fjodorovs

Director: Pāvels Gumennikovs
DOP: Martins Jansons
Script: Laura Lapina
Composer: Michael Bachnmiller
Editor: Pavels Gumennikovs

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