Shorts

[RE] Defined

Description

Jae and Jess are from Brooklyn and have been friends since the 5th grade when their weirdness brought them together. Jae, who is now 13 years old, is awkwardly making his way through adolescence, and feeling the weight of being understood. He meets the new girl Elisa who appears to stir up the friendship. Jae is confused by Jess and what she is going through until she speaks her truth.
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Danae Grandison
Writer: Danae Grandison
Producer: Eva Minemar
Cinematographer: Edward A. Herrera

Principal Cast: 
Adjah John
Sage Spielman
Caresse Gordon
Jesse Means
Cathy Salvadon


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A Gentleman Always

Description

"A Gentleman Always" is the story of Lucius (Elie), an African­ American teen full of angst from his mother and father's abandonment and abuse, who is forced to move in with his wise, patient, grandfather (Cranford). Lucius, who has stolen his grandfather’s car simply to get attention — even more complex, to seek punishment from his grandfather resemblance to his father or mother, is instead met with a reckoning of lesson and love by his grandfather, who gracefully empowers Lucius with what it is to be a gentleman.


Cast & Crew

Director: Drue Metz
Writer: Drue Metz
Producer: N/A
Cinematographer: Golnor Fakhrai

Principal Cast:
Jéan Elie
Myles Cranford


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A Silent Night

Description

Rosie discovers her husband has been unfaithful. Her life quickly spirals out of control leaving her emotions in turmoil as she leaves her marital home, taking her two small children, Kieran and Kyla with her. The siblings are propelled into a life of poverty as their mother adjusts to life as a single parent. Rosie enters a world of uncertainty and hardship in an unforgiving Inner-City London. In these heartbreaking final scenes, the film reveals what it really means to become a victim of your own circumstances.


Cast & Crew

Director: Gino Ricardo Green
Writer: Gino Ricardo Green

Producers: 
Gino Ricardo Green (Executive)
Noir Paris LA (Executive)
Heather Basten (Co-Producer)
Daniel Bailey (Co-Producer) 
Black Apron Entertainment Ltd, Jeremy Zimmermann (Casting Dir.)

Cinematographer: Glen Matthews

Principal Cast:
Cat Simmons
Jeffery Kissoon
Joshua Vaughan
Ella Cadby
Jay Sentrosi
Denese Ricketts


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After the Storm

Description

A busy mother tries to connect to her imaginative son in the wake of familial turmoil. "After The Storm" looks at those affected most by a struggle that's bigger than them all.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jessica Oyelowo
Writer: Jessica Oyelowo

Producers: 
Jessica Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
Jenna Pfefferle  

Cinematographer: Samuel Sullivant

Principal Cast: 
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Chiké Okonkwo
Caleb Oyelowo


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And Nothing Happened

Description

A young woman struggles to get through her morning routine in the wake of a surreal occurrence.


Cast & Crew

Director: Naima Ramos-Chapman


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Bird

Description

A college track star training for the Olympics is accused of a crime.


Cast & Crew

Director: Booker T. Mattison
Writer: Booker T. Mattison

Producers:
Courtney Jackson
Booker T. Mattison

Cinematographer: Beecher Reuning

Principal Cast:
Roderick Bradford - Mendelssohn Bird
Zeus Campbell - Antagonist #1
Tony Wade - Antagonist #2


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Blessed

Description

When Kiona, a Native cop, is torn between her desire to be a mom and being a good cop after suffering another miscarriage, her mother tells her that Kiona’s body knows the choice she made but the Great Spirit will bless her with a baby, but not until she’s ready. Kiona lies and says she doesn’t want to be a mom. KT, is a young girl running from her criminal boyfriend, with his thugs hot on her heels. When she arrives at Kiona’s with evidence and a request, both Kiona’s maternal and professional skills kick in to save her family.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jennifer Derwingson
Writer: Stacey Parshall Jensen
Producer: John Hermann
Cinematographer: John Orphan

Principal Cast: 
DeLanna Studi
Daniella Garcia
Julia Vera
Reginald Vaughn Watkins
Ken Lally
Aleksandr Sountsov
Ryan Barry Michaels
Elizabeth Frances
Time Winter


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Born in Battle

Description

Oneka, a former 12 year old child soldier escapes into his own fantasy, a world far away from his nightmarish present. The life he seeks fades the tighter he grips. Fantasy twists back to reality; in front of his family, he has to make a choice - life, death, and the path that decision will take him.


Cast & Crew

Director: Yangzom Brauen
Writer: Yangzom Brauen

Producers: 
Yangzom Brauen
Daniel Stanca
Gerold Wunstel

Cinematographer: Alexa Ihrt

Principal Cast: 
Roland Kilumbu
Krystel Roche
Aaryanna Nelson


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Buried Deep

Description

A couple tries to find a winning lottery ticket in the middle of a blizzard. While trying to find a small slip of paper, in knee deep snow, under relentless conditions, tensions flare. But when the possibility of finding it actually becomes a distinct reality, mistrust and opportunism give way to greed then treachery. It's the only film shot entirely in New York City's biggest snowstorm on record, The Blizzard of 2016.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tim Naylor
Writer/Producer: Tim Naylor
Cinematographer: Gustavo Bechini

Principal Cast: 
Zainab Jah
Michael Stahl - David


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Chameleon

Description

Aiden is an undocumented migrant from Ireland living in Toronto. Labouring under the table, Aiden does his best to make a living and pass as a Canadian while trying to land an office job. When his girlfriend, Poorti, falls ill, he is forced to choose between risking his deportation and getting her the emergency medical attention she needs.


Cast & Crew

Director: Reza Dahya
Writer: Chris Cromie
Producer: Josh Ary
Cinematographer: Kevin C. W. Wong

Principle Cast: 
Jim Watson
Supinder Wraich
Parveen Kaur
Dewshane Williams
Cara Ricketts
Rosemary De Los Santos


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Class 15

Description

A cordial parents evening at a secondary school descends into accusations and chaos when a teacher finally meets the mother of his difficult student.


Cast & Crew

Director: Dean Leon Anderson
Writer: Dean Leon Anderson

Producers: 
Shereen Billings
Dean Leon Anderson
Cinematographers: 
Yana Rits-Cairns
Davey Gilder

Principal Cast: 
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Anthony Houghton
Sophia Hall


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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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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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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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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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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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