NARRATIVE SHORTS

8 Million Miles From Hintahood

Description

In the midst of an existential crisis, a Hip Hop visionary drops out of grad school and moves to the OG necropolis known as Hintahood-- where he hopes to uncover the mysterious roots of its revolutionary cultural energy.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Austin Purnell
Morgan Sydney-Hallums
Theron Jenkins
John G. Williams

Director: Justin Luis Denis
Writer/ Director: Justin Denis
Producers: Ashraf Rijal; Simone Moore
Cinematographer: Sam B. Jones
Sound Designer: Mauricio Escamilla

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Are We Good Parents?

Description

When Lauren and Bill's 14-year-old daughter says she's going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they welcome the news with excitement...and hesitation. Lauren and Bill always assumed their daughter was gay, in the same way that most parents assume their child is straight (until given notice). Suddenly, they worry they have not provided an open environment that allows their daughter to be herself. Lauren and Bill do some introspection on their own parenting and ask, "Are we good parents?"

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Tracie Thoms
Sean Maguire
Gabrielle Skye Goodman

Director/Writer/Producer Bola Ogun
Writer    Hailey Chavez
Producer    Tatiana Olsak
Casting    Rachel Imbriglio
Editor    Meaghan Wilbur
DP    Ludovica Isidori
Production Designer    Anelisa Torruella

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Blood Runs Down

Description

It’s the night before Ana’s birthday and Elize wants to make sure all is in order to give her daughter the best celebration yet. Weary from the never-ending job of single motherhood with no outlets for her own care, Elize searches for a place for her own peace and vulnerability. But for women like her, vulnerability comes with a price. When Elize undergoes a frightening transition, Ana must decide between saving her or protecting herself in this haunting account of inheritance, daughterhood, and demons.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast

Farrah Martin
Idella Johnson

Director - Zandashé Brown
Producer - Lauren Domino
Director of Photography - Zac Manuel
Editor - Jalea Jackson

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CÂM LẶNG (THE MUTE)

Description

A girl tries to find the answer about love before her big day, in a rainy night.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Pham Le Kim Ngoc
Dan Le
Nguyen Tan
Nguyen Lam Quynh Han
Vu Trong Tuyen
Le Ngoc Toan

Directed by Pham Thien An

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Cross My Heart

Description

An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture of silence amongst women, the kinds of secrets we keep and who they're actually protecting.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Jordan-Amanda Hall
Jhada Ann Walker
John Chambers
Earle Brown
Dorothy Cunningham

Director : Sontenish Myers
Writer: Sontenish Myers
Producer: Elizabeth Charles
Cinematographer: Zamarin Wahdat

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French Fries

Description

When Sydney James, a recovering foodie and architect on a serious deadline, comes home to find that her carefree husband, Jason, a VR creator and miniature artist, is having an impromptu guys’ night of drinking and BBQing, she winds up escaping to a hotel to work in silence, pissed that her husband has once again left her out of the loop. When Jason leaves the party to come find her, they wind up getting into a huge fight that unpacks the myriad of problems plaguing their marriage, which have resulted in resentment, stress, weight gain and many sexless months.

Cast & Credits

DIRECTOR - Janine Sherman Barrois
PRODUCER - Khaliah Neal
LEAD ACTOR - Carl McDowell
LEAD ACTOR - Rebecca Jones
CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP - Carmen Cabana

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Hunger

Description

When "Paco" goes to the dangerous part of the hood to get his fix, B-swag gives him a lesson in what it takes to satisfy a woman.

Cast & Credits

Principle Cast
Alberto Bonilla
Luke Forbes
Omar Capra

Director: Wesley Wingo
Writer: Alberto Bonilla
Producers: Alberto Bonilla, Rashad Chambers
Editor: Christopher Picone

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I Am My Own Mother

Description

An adopted woman on the cusp of childbirth, reinserts herself back into the life of her biological mother and siblings, unsettling the entire family unit.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Dionne Audain
Baadja_Lyne
Délé Ogundiran
Conphidance
Celai West

Written, Directed, Produced by Andrew Zox
Produced by Kimberly Parker
Cinematography by Andrés Gallegos
Production Design by Christina-Marie Fernandez
Edited by Arash Maleki 

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Jitters

Description

Minutes before his nuptials, a neurotic young man locks himself away in the back room of a church, with the best man he knows. Recalling the woman of his past, he questions his choice.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
OTOJA ABIT
JASON PATRIC
WALKER HARE
ANGELIC ZAMBRANA
JONNY BEAUCHAMP

Director: OTOJA ABIT
Writer:OTOJA ABIT
Producers: OTOJA ABIT, IAN PHILLIPS
Executive Producers: CHRIS NOTH, JOE SCARBOROUGH, SHERRI JURGENS ROSS and OTOJA ABIT
Cinematographer: EYTHAN MAIDHOFF

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Kyenvu

Description

 

An independent young woman lives through the taunts of using public transport on a daily basis. As she struggles to find her footing in a patriarchal society that entitles men to women’s bodies, she finds love in a bitter sweet moment.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast

Michael Wawuyo Jr.
Kemiyondo Coutinho
Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce
Rehema Nanfuka
Andrew Kiyegga
Felix Bwanika
Yusuf Boxa Kaija

Director: Kemiyondo Coutinho
Executive Producer: Andrew Ahuurra    
Co-executive Producer / Producer: Moses Bwayo
Executive Producer: Kemiyondo Coutinho  
Executive Producer: Dianne Hoge   
Producer: Heddwyn Kyambadde    
Co-executive Producer / Executive Producer: Nicole Magabo
Executive Producer:  Peter Mukiibi
Producer: Gladys Oyenbot
Executive Producer: Carla Reimer
Executive Producer: David Reimer
Executive Producer: Patrick Thompson 

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Labor

Description

A surrogate mother faces a harrowing dilemma when she’s asked to abort the baby she carries for another woman.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Diana Elizabeth Torres
Francesca Inaudi

Directed by Cecilia Albertini

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Let Them Die Like Lovers

Description

A body-jumping soldier grapples with the morality of her missions in this emotionally charged sci-fi thriller. Starring Mustafa Shakir (MARVEL'S "LUKE CAGE", HBO's "THE DEUCE") and Angela Lewis (FX's "SNOWFALL").

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Mustafa Shakir (BUSHMASTER on LUKE CAGE)
Angela Lewis (AUNT LOUIE on SNOWFALL)

Directed by Jesse Atlas

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Mama Said No White Barbies

Description

Toni, a 12 year old dark skinned African American girl, is uncomfortable with the skin she lives in. She imagines a world where she is beautiful but sees an image entirely different than herself. With the help of her best friend, Toni makes the decision to perm her hair in hopes of getting one step closer to achieving her idea of beauty, all culminating on the evening of the Fourth of July.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
July Winters
Alexis Carrington
Julian Sarin
Stephanie Anuwe

Director: Tiye Amenechi
Writer: Tiye Amenechi
Producers: Satchel Lee, Tiye Amenechi
Cinematographer: Sam Wolff
Editor: Babs Laco

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Myself When I Am Real

Description

Displayed through a series of vignettes: connected memories and dreams, the film explores the psychic terrain of two people struggling to rebuild a marriage, marred after tragedy strikes. Ruminations on trauma, memory, survival, alienation, depression and ultimately resilience are intertwined in this story about the fragility and complexity of human relationships. Written and directed by Nefertite Nguvu, ‘Myself When I Am Real’ stars JoNell Kennedy and Jacky Ido.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Jacky Ido
JoNell Kennedy

Director: Nefertite Nguvu
Cinematographer:Hans Charles
Producer: Lisa Thrasher

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Piu Piu

Description

A routine trip to the city turns into a surreal nightmare when a restless young woman tries to escape the confines of romance in order to find her super power.

Cast & Credits

 

Principal Cast
Natalie Paul
Jermaine Small
Terence Nance
Santana Caress Benitez
 

Director: Naima Ramos-Chapman
Producers - Jason Hightower, Terence Nance, Naima Ramos-Chapman
Cinematographer - Shawn Peters
Writer/Editor - Naima Ramos-Chapman

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SALAM

Description

A female Lyft driver navigates the night shift in New York City while waiting to hear life-or-death news from her family in Syria.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Hana Chamoun
Khaled Al Maleh
Dean Masoud
Jessica Damouni
Julie-Marie Baroody
Jack Romano
Stormi Maya
Leslie Bibb

Crew
Writer & Director– Claire Fowler
Director of Photography – Nicholas Bupp
Editor– Alec Styborski
Sound Design– Peter Warnock
Production Designer– Kelsey Alvarez
Costume Designer– Missy Mickens
Sound– Michael Odmark
Gaffer– Sean Gradwell
Digital Intermediate provided by: Company 3 – New York
Head of Production: Margaret Lewis
Executive Producer– Dave Beazley for Shore Scripts
Executive Producer– Hannah Thomas for BFI network
Producer– Sophia Cannata-Bowman
Producer– Claire Fowler

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Shame

Description

SHAME is a dark comedy that walks the thin line that separates the two worlds; the haves from the have-nots; the affluent from the service providers; the indulgent from the repressed. And it is when Fanny slips and crosses the forbidden line in a moment of temptation that she confronts both the wrath of her employers and the demon within. Shame is the twisted journey of a meek, vulnerable woman who emerges from the background to unapologetically reclaim her dignity, confidence and her right to desire.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Swara Bhaskar
Ranvir Shorey
Sayani Gupta
Cyrus Sahukar
Seema Bhargava Pahwa
Tara Sharma Saluja

Crew
Producer
- Sharat Katariya
Writer, Editor, Director - Anusha Bose
Executive Producers - Vishal Mehra, Abhinav Jain
Cinematography - Jishnu Bhattacharjee
Music - Andrea Guerra
Sound - Shajith Koyeri
Production Design - Surabhi Laddha
Costume Design - Darshan Jalan

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Sin Cielo

Description

Two teenagers pursue young love in a place where violence may be inescapable.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
David Gurrola as Memo
Fenessa Pineda as Delia
Vanessa Benavente as Ana
Victor Boneva as Juan
Aithan Torres as Franki
Brian Gomez as Chango
Karen Sours Albisua as Veronica
Hugo Medina as Louis
Sophia Santi as Josefa
and Dylan Bruno as The American

Director - Jianna Maarten
Writer - Jianna S Maarten
Producer - Daria Suvorova
Cinematographer - Marcin Banasiak

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Sojourn

Description

Sojourn is an experimental film that follows a young black man on an introspective journey. Told through poetic voiceover and vivid visuals, Sojourn is firmly set in two worlds: A hypnotic magical realism world, and a prismatic, pastel interior world. It’s in these worlds -displayed in lush portrait vignettes – where we see a deeper fragility and more complex Sojourn. Both worlds effortlessly collide to create a beautiful and at times haunting film.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Jermelle Simon
Phrederic Semaj
Taja V. Simpson

Writer & Director: Jonathan Lewis
Producers: Laura Reich & Gian Franco
Cinematographer: Drew Daniels

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Somebody's Daughter

Description

Issa, a 9 year old Gujurati immigrant, has recently arrived to Mexico City with her father Rahul who encounters an opportunity to act in a local television commercial looking for an 'exotic' look.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Zara Henstock
Akbar Kurtha

Director: Shalini Adnani
Writer: Shalini Adnani
Producers: Michael Graf, Shalini Adnani
Cinematographer: Joan Vicente Dura

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