Shorts Program Three

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 & Credits

Alone Watts
Desmond Watson 

Director: Garrett Bradley
Producer: Lauren Domino
Producer: Dolly Turner
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo
Coordinating Producer: Lindsay Crouse
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

Supervising Editor: Andrew Blackwell

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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 

Director / Screenwriter / Producer: 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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Last Looks

Description

An aesthetician does her brother's makeup for his final showcase.
 

Cast & Crew

Rutina Wesley
LeBaron Thornton

Director: Cierra Glaude
Writers: Nic Ashe, Cierra Glaude
Story By: Kimberly Wilson
Executive Producer: Rutina Wesley
Producers: Rhonda Alston, Lauren Boudreaux, Cierra Glaude
DP: Bron Moyi
1st AD: Andre Herrera
Editor: Shawn Marcus Taylor
Composer: Amanda Jones
 

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Oscar Micheaux

Description

Set in Los Angeles during Reconstruction, a producer of silent films, starring African Americans in leading roles, decides to make a photoplay of his own when he is denied distribution from Lincoln Motion Picture Company. The short is a teaser for the official feature biopic on Oscar Micheaux written by JD Walker and produced by Preston L. Holmes and Monica Cooper.

www.oscarmicheauxmovie.com

A USC School of Cinematic Arts Production.
 

Cast & Crew

Napoleon Douglas as Oscar
Kim Estes as George Johnson
Ashar Baker as Young Oscar
Anika McFall as Belle 

Writer and Director: Jamie Walker
Producer and Editor: Valentino Misino
Director of Photography and Production Design: Roy Arwas 

Sound Design: Jamie Walker
Sound Recording: Valentino Misino
Original Score: Amy Chen
Grip: Vincent Powell
Production Assistant: Njeri White 

USC School of Cinematic Arts
 

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Out Again

Description

Cat visits her parents for the weekend and is confronted with her mother’s inability to remember one key detail.
 

Cast & Crew

Robin Cloud
Shakirah DeMesier
Jay Potter
Madeline McCray

Writer, Director, Producer: Robin Cloud,  
Executive Producer: Refinery29
Producer: Jessica Devaney
Producer: Sania Jhankar
DP: Yessica Curiel Montaya
 

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Search Party

Description

Search Party is a short film about Donna Greene, a mother living in the Grant Housing (Harlem) projects, hosting a surprise party that is interrupted by an uninvited guest—the Police. The Police are on a manhunt looking for an unidentified suspect in the area. Unfortunately, Donna has a gut feeling that the man they’re looking for is also the honoree of the surprise party: her son, Sean. Donna fights hard to drive the police away, because she knows once she lets them take over the party both her life and her son Sean’s will be changed forever.
 

Cast & Crew

Donna: Rosalyn Coleman Williams
Sean: Brandon Michael Hall
Officer James: Benton Greene
Officer Kegan: Neil Holland
Peaches: Sharon Hope
Terrell: Travis Raeburn

Producers: Ryan Pederson, Kristin Frost
Co-Producer: Ellie Foumbi
DP: Andrew Ellmaker
Editor: Daniel Gross
 

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Suitable

Description

Brandy, a high school tom boy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom.
 

Cast & Crew

Kelli Jordan
Tiffany Tenille
Joseph Santos
Derick Anthony

Writer: Rochee Jeffrey
Producer: Ashley Chrisman
DP: Dennis Zanatta
Editor: Melanie Annan
Composer: Jaques Brautbar
 

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The Bill

Description

Lena and ten other women could not be more excited to celebrate Barbie's 35th birthday. When an unexpectedly huge bill arrives, the happy birthday dissolves into drama. As Lena works tirelessly to align the group, she ultimately reaches a point of no return. The Bill comically celebrates friends from all walks of life, as they react to an experience that is all too common.
 

Cast & Crew

Nakima Baker
Perri Camper
Tanyika Carey
Szalene Anthony
Talisa Patterson
Angelique Chapman
Nicole Belit
Kara Green
Tiffany Jackson
Sundae Van Allen
Nicole Sutherland
Narci Regina
Perry King
Myriam Wilson
Rocky Lizardi

Director: Caralene Robinson
Writer: Caralene Robinson
Executive Producers: Deborah Riley Draper & Caralene Robinson
Producer: Crystal Whaley
Director of Photography: James Northrup
Editor(s): Lenny Bass, Eric Haviv
Associate Producer: Corey Nealon
 

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