Narrative Features

Thina Sobabili (The Two Of Us)

Description

The Monarchy Group Presents Thina Sobabili - Thulani and Zanele journey through life knowing that they have no one but each other to lean on. With Alexandra Township in South Africa serving as a vibrant backdrop, the siblings escape one tragedy and build a life together where big brother Thulas is over protective of his younger sister. As we witness Zanele's coming of age story in a neighbourhood where there seems to be no escape, she start making decisions that put her in harm's way. As a result, the two share a very strained relationship and Zanele is driven into the arms of an older man, as her way to rebel and escape what she thinks is a bleak future. Thulas, determined to put an end to this relationship is overcome by rage and this leads him to make a decision that ends in a tragedy.


Cast & Crew

Director: Ernest Nkosi

Cast:
Emmanuel Nkosinathi Gweva
Busisiwe Mtshali
Zikhona Sodlaka
Richard Lukunku
Mpho "Popps" Modikoane
Thato "DH" Dhladla
Hazel Mhlaba
Kope Makgae


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The Stockroom

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The year is 1998. Our story follows Joseph Rodriguez, a stockroom supervisor who once had a dream to be a stand-up comic. After a failed promotion, his original dream begins to resurface. Urban legend tells us, if you've been in the stockroom for ten years or more, you'll never leave. Joseph is about to hit that mark and he'll have to decide what he is going to do with his life before the clock strikes midnight.


Cast & Crew

Director: Victor Cruz

Cast:
Victor Cruz
April Hernandez Castillo
Luis Antonio Ramos
Liza Colon-Zayas
and Tracy Perez


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Somewhere In The Middle

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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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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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Pocha

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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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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

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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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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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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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Chapter & Verse

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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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Carmin Tropical

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Successful trans nightclub singer Mabel returns to her hometown in Mexico to investigate the murder of her best friend Daniela. With no leads and little insight into Daniela’s death, Mabel digs deeper into her friend’s past, realizing how her own upbringing and past life overlap unnervingly with that of her murdered friend. In order to fully comprehend what happened to Daniela, Mabel must embrace a world she desperately tried to leave behind. Directed with a potent mixture of nostalgia and dread, CARMIN TROPICAL carefully unveils a fascinating and increasingly sinister mystery that questions whether or not we can escape our own fate.


Cast & Crew

Director: Rigoberto Perezcano

Cast:
José Pecina
Luis Alberti
Everardo Trejo


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Breaking Through

Description

When Casey (national talent search winner Sophie Aguiar), a dancer who is discovered on YouTube, gets thrust into the modern world of internet celebrity and culture, she must find a way to balance her true identity with her online persona, or risk losing everything she cares about. Executive produced by 9-time Grammy®-winner John Legend, BREAKING THROUGH features dazzling dance numbers from some of today’s hottest YouTube dance stars.


Cast & Crew

Director: John Swetnam

Cast:
Sophie Aguiar
Jay Ellis
Marissa Heart
Bruna Marquezine
Taeko McCarroll
Jordan Rodrigues
Robert Roldan and Julie Warner. Performances by Les Twins
Anitta Poreotics


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After School

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A gun shot is heard after school and 12yo Jacky, is discovered alone holding a gun, with blood on his shirt. Due to budget cuts and a police strike, Sergeant Olivia Hanson is the first officer on the scene and in charge for quite a while. Jacky refuses to give up his stand off and will only talk with former after school program teacher, Michael Brooks, who is under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Hanson and Brooks are forced to work together in order to find the answers to this mysterious situation and their lives are changed forever.


Cast & Crew

Director: Carlos Melendez and Mauricio Mendoza

Cast:
Adrian Moreira
Mauricio Mendoza
Yeniffer Behrens
Vance Valencia


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A Girl Like Grace

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A GIRL LIKE GRACE follows 17-year-old GRACE (Ryan Destiny), who grows up in a dysfunctional home raised by her single mother LISA (Garcelle Beauvais). GRACE fights for acceptance in the world while being bullied at school by MARY (Raven-Symone'). GRACE looks for guidance from her best friend "ANDREA" (Paige Hurd) and becomes heavily influenced by "ANDREA'S" older sister "SHARE" (Meagan Good). A GIRL LIKE GRACE spirals into a dark world of sex, rebellion and her idea of womanhood.


Cast & Crew

Director: Ty Hodges

Cast:
Meagan Good
Raven-Symone'
Garcelle Beauvais
Romeo Miller
Blair Redford
Paige Hurd
Ryan Destiny


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