Friday

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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Baltimore Rising

Description

Directed by The Wire actor Sonja Sohn, this thought-provoking documentary follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, in the wake of Freddie Gray's death, even as the homicide rate hits record levels, and explores how to make change when change is hard.
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Sonja Sohn
Producer: Nathan Mook
Executive Producers: Sonja Sohn, Marc Levin, Anthony Hemingway, George Pelecanos and Mark Taylor

Supervising Producers: Daphne Pinkerson and Karen Rozansky

For HBO:
Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins

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Catching Feelings

Description

Catching Feelings is a film written and directed by Kagiso Lediga. Set in a chic and middle class Johannesburg - it is a tale of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways.

Catching Feelings follows a jaded academic and his journalist wife, who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer unexpectedly moves into their urban Johannesburg home with them.
 

Cast & Credits

Kagiso Lediga
Pearl Thusi
Andrew Buckland
Akin Omotoso
Precious Makgaretsa
Kate Liquorish
Zandi Tisani

Director / Producer: Kagiso Lediga
Producer: Tamsin Andersson
Producer: John Volmink
Director of Photography: Motheo Moeng
Production Designer: Esme Viviers
Editor: Khulekani Zondi
Composer: Bokani Dyer
 

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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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Docket 32357

Description

A high profile case gives Alex the opportunity to ascend to the elite. This new case will force Alex to face his haunting past and crumbling future. With his family and loving girlfriend hanging in the balance, Alex must pay the price for redemption.
 

Cast & Credits

Pedro DeLéon
Veracity Butcher
Jeff Lima 

Director: Randy Wilkins
Writer: Eljon Wardally
Producers: Dena Greenbaum, Eljon Wardally and Randy Wilkins
Director of Photography: Grace Yu
Editor: David C. Valdez
Production Designer: Kelsey Hillerud
Music Composer: Jonathan Altman
 

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Double Play

Description

Set in Curacao, Double Play, is the story of Dr. Ostrik Fiel's return to his childhood home, and the haunting memory of fateful events from when he was a young boy. Forty years earlier, over a long standing game of dominoes, the destinies of four men and two women are revealed through a tale of love, loss and deadly betrayal.
 

Cast & Crew

Louis Gossett Jr.
Lennie James
Colin Salmon
Mustafa Shakir
Isaach De Bankolé
Alexander Karim
La La Anthony
Saycon Sengbloh
Melanie Liburd
Dani Dare
Bronson Pinchot

Director: Ernest Dickerson
Screenwriters: Evan Jones, Alaric Smeets
Producer(s): Lisa Cortés, Gregory Elias
DP: Patrick Murguia
Composer: Jay Wadley
Editor: Stephen Lovejoy

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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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Shine

Description

SHINE exudes the power of brotherhood, love and redemption.

RALPHI MATAS returns to Spanish Harlem to develop commercial real estate in the Barrio he left behind after his father RAMON passed away. Ralphi encounters his estranged brother JUNIOR, who forces him to recognize everything he left behind. 

As Ralphi confronts his past, his tenacious boss LINDA pursues the lucrative development deal that threatens to dismantle his beloved Barrio and childhood memories. 

Ralphi is determined to reclaim what he has lost as a voice echoes in his mind: “we are connected from the very first beat to the very last echo.”
 

Cast & Crew

Jorge Burgos
Gilbert Saldivar
Kimberli Flores
Jadi Collado
Musetta Vander
Alysia Reiner
David Zayas

Producer: Anthony Nardolillo
Producer: Sandra Varona
Writers: Anthony Nardolillo, Corey Deshon & Ahmadu Garba
Director: Anthony Nardolillo
Co-Producer: Erika Sabel Flores
Co- Producer: Christin Scholten
Associate Producer: Jessica Ramirez 

Director of Photography: Pedro Avila
Production Designer: Luie P Garcia
Costume Designer: Stacey Jordan 

Additional Music: Bret Mazur
Music Supervisor: Paul Stewart
Original Score: Eduardo Reyes Napoles
Editor: Paul Buhl
 

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Speaking Tongues

Description

In many cities in Mexico, a big number of young people are getting devoted to the art of Rap.  They live for Rap and nurture from it. Who are these Mexican rappers? What do they find in this culture that society is not giving them? How has this intense relationship with words and language transformed them and helped them survive in this country that doesn’t offer any opportunities?
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Kyzza Terrazas
Producer: Carlos Sosa, Kyzza Terrazas and Laura Imperiale
DP: Alberto Anaya and Israel Cárdenas
Editor: Yibrán Assuad
Direct Sound: Emilio Cortés
Sound Design: Alejandro de Icaza
Cast: Tanque, Menuda Coincidencia, C-Kan, Jin Beast, Serko Fu, Tino “El Pingüino”, Aczino, Mike Díaz, etc. Among others
 

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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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Teachers

Description

A dedicated high school teacher goes desperate lengths to prevent her struggling student from dropping out of school.
 

Cast & Crew

Tatyana Ali
Jordyn Barber
Eric De'Wayne 

Director: Mark Columbus
Producer: Stephen Love Jr. 
Writer: Jason Park
Director of Photography: Topher Osborn
 

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Teach Us All

Description

Teach Us All is a documentary and social justice movement on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school desegregation crisis. Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary, Teach Us All seeks to build the capacity of students and educators to take leadership in carrying forth the legacy of the Little Rock Nine while activating broader community engagement in today’s urgent movement for educational equity.
 

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth Eckford
Terrence Roberts
Sylvia Mendez
Sybil Hampton
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Pedro Noguera
Bradley Poindexter
Jonathan Crossley

Director/Writer/Producer: Sonia Lowman
Cinematographer/Editor: Josiah Engstrom
Associate Producer/Narrator: Sarah Haufrect
Editor: Austin Anderson
 

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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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