Spotlights

Black

Description

A 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang.


Cast & Crew

Directors: 
Billall Fallah
Adil El Arbi

Writers: 
Adil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah
Hans Herbots
Nele Meirhaeghe

Producers: 
Bert Hamelinck
Frank Van Passel
Ivy Vanhaecke

Cinematographer: Robrecht Heyvaert

Principal Cast: 
Aboubakr Bensaihi
Martha Canga Antonio


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Class Divide (HBO Documentary)

Description

CLASS DIVIDE highlights the recent effects of hyper-gentrification in New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits directly across the street from public housing projects. The final film in a trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people from director Marc Levin and producing partner Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags and Hard Times: Lost on Long Island) this moving chronicle bears witness to the effects of rising inequality and stagnant class mobility.


Cast & Crew

Director: Marc Levin


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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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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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Queen of Katwe (Centerpiece Spotlight)

Description

QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.


Cast & Crew

Director: Mira Nair
Writer: William Wheeler

Producers: 
Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a.
John Carls, p.g.a.

Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt, B.S.C.

Principal Cast: 
David Oyelowo
Lupita Nyong’o
Madina Nalwanga
Martin Kabanza
Taryn “Kay” Kyaze
Ethan Nazario Lubega
Nikita Waliga


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Shots Fired (Fox TV Series)

SOLD OUT

Description

When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart.


Cast & Crew

Production Companies:
20th Century Fox Television
Imagine Television
Undisputed Cinema

Executive Producers: 
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Reggie Rock Bythewood
Brian Grazer
Francie Calfo

Writers/Creators: 
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Reggie Rock Bythewood

Director:
Gina Prince-Bythewood

Principal Cast:
Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino
Stephan James as Preston Terry
Helen Hunt as Governor Patricia Eamons
Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox
Stephen Moyer as Lt. Eric Breeland
Tristan Wilds as Dep. Joshua Belk
Aisha Hinds as Pastor Janae James
Will Patton as Sheriff Daniel Platt
Conor Leslie as Sarah Ellis
Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kerry Belk
DeWanda Wise as Shameeka Campbell


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The New Edition Story (Clips & Conversation)

Description

New Edition laid the foundation for how the modern-day boy band looks, feels, and sounds. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The Block all took their cues from Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike and Ralph. After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This 3-part miniseries follows the group from their middle school lunchroom to global megastardom - weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.


Cast & Crew

Director: Chris Robinson
Writer: Abdul Williams

Executive Producer:
Jesse Collins

Co-Producers:
Abdul Williams
Bobby Brown
Brooke Payne
Chris Robinson
Johnny Gill
Michael Bivins
Ralph Tresvant
Ricky Bell
Ronnie DeVoe
Valerie Bleth Sharp

Cinematographer: Karsten “Crash” Gopinath

Principal Cast:
Bryshere Gray – MICHAEL BIVINS
Elijah Kelley – RICKY BELL
Keith Powers – RONNIE DEVOE
Algee Smith – RALPH TRESVANT
Woody McClain – BOBBY BROWN
Luke James – JOHNNY GILL
Wood Harris – BROOKE PAYNE
Dante Hoagland – YOUNG MICHAEL BIVINS
Caleb McLaughlin – YOUNG RICKY BELL
Myles Truitt – YOUNG RONNIE DeVOE
Jahi Diallo Winston – YOUNG RALPH TRESVANT
Tyler Williams – YOUNG BOBBY BROWN
Michael Rapaport – GARY EVANS
Tank – JHERYL BUSBY
Faizon Love – MAURICE STARR
Sandi McCree – CAROLE BROWN
Yvette Nicole Brown – SHIRLEY BIVINS
LaLa Anthony – FLO DeVOE
Lisa Nicole Carson – DOROTHY BELL
Monica Calhoun – PATRICIA TRESVANT
Bre-Z – PEANUT BELL
Duane Martin – LOUIL SILAS


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TITLE VII (Clips & Conversation)

Description

The CEO of Sanger International, an IT consulting firm, is powerful and successful Hillary Kelsey. Kelsey is a Black woman with no Black employees and no one can figure out why—until Darryl Montgomery, her 9:30am interview, enters the firm. On this day filled with an unbelievably awful morning that reminds Hillary of her “place” in a racially charged society, a pending account that could make or break the future of a company and a mystery man determined to turn Hillary’s world upside down, the events of the film TITLE VII illustrate why same-race discrimination can not only ruin a company, but possibly destroy lives.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nicole Franklin

Writers: 
Nicole Franklin
Craig T. Williams

Executive Producers: 
EPIPHANY Inc.
Stuart Films
...in collaboration with
FDUFilm
Nicole Franklin
Sam Barden
Emelyn Stuart
Carl Gilbert, Jr.
Lisa Durden

Cinematographer: Cybel Martin

Principal Cast: 
Chicava HoneyChild
Fidel Vicioso
Brian Anthony Wilson
Cal Gladen
Maria Pusateri
Ariel Estrada
Celestine Rae
Beata Harju
John Crandall
Katie Carpenter
Lisa Durden


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