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1 Angry Black Man

Description

Mike Anderson is a senior at the quintessential New-England liberal arts school, Frost College. And Mike is eight weeks away from graduation. On this particular day he has his African-American Literature class with his favorite professor. But today, Mike is feeling sadness. He’s feeling isolated. He’s feeling Angry.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Keith Stone: Mike
Daphne Danielle: Carla
Ramon Nunez: Eddie
Dahiana Castro: Michelle
Danicah Waldo: Rachel
William W Wallace: Kyle

Director - Menelek Lumumba
Writer - Menelek Lumumba
Producer - Hans Charles, Caroline Onikute
Cinematographer - Hans Charles

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40 and Single

Description

40 and Single is an invitation into the tumultuous life of Ebaner Temple—a bi-racial, bi-sexual, single, bridal fashion designer. We witness her maneuver life in the African city of Accra, Ghana, where race and colorism have significant colonial roots and neo-colonial implications.   Ebaner’s life and the lives of her clients intertwine as they explore the new age of the African woman, her independence and her challenges in a patriarchal society.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
VANESSA WILLIAMS
MARIE HUMBERT DROZ
LEON ROBINSON
MIRANDA BAILEY
JOHN SAVAGE
NIKKI SAMONAS
ADJETEY ANANG
DEON MATTHEWS
RAMA BREW 

DIRECTED BY LEILA DJANSI
EDITED BY COTT SIMERLY. BEVERLY NUAKO
SOUND DESIGN AUSTIN ROTH
COMPOSER CLAYTON WORBECK
COSTUME DESIGN AWO AHIABLE
PRODUCTION DESIGN ALTBERT ADJEI
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY PIETRO VILLANI
PRODUCERS AKOFA DJANKUI. DINA VILLANI. LAURENE ADDY
LEILA DJANSI. 
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SERGE NOUKOE. GREG BERNSTEIN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS DAVE HARPER. AMANDA MARHSALL. LEON ROBINSON
PRODUCED BY NATHALIE ANANG
WRITTEN BY LEILA DJANSI DIRECTED BY LEILA DJANSI

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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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Casey

Description

Struggling to articulate her gender dysphoria recently mute Casey is badgered into going to a party with her best friend, Ryan. While walking to the party, the two friends witness the physical assault of a transgender woman. Ryan and Casey's friendship is tested when Casey must decide if she wants to stay with the woman or leave before the cops arrive.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Casey- Mikki Hernandez
Ryan- Antwone Barnes
Wayne- Hubert Escarpeta
Greg- Jumarcus Maso

Writer/Director: Shanrica Evans
Producer/Editor: Yannis Faidherbe
Cinematographer: Adam Kunsberg

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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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Flavor of Life

Description

Frank, a stern and self-respecting man who runs a struggling upscale Mexican restaurant named Hacienda Grill, has an unexpected visitor. His estranged grandson Albert has nowhere to go after serving a two-year sentence for a drug-related crime. After some initial friction between the two, Albert’s diligence and work ethic wins Frank over. Frank starts teaching Albert the wonderful art of Mexican cuisine and lessons in life itself as they struggle to keep their beloved restaurant open.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Pepe Serna
Erick Lopez
Lorena McGregor
Roberto Sanchez
Eddie Martinez
Julia Vera
Rene Moran

Directed By: Rajesh Golla
Produced By: Rajesh Golla & Sandra Varona
Edited by: Dustin Brown
Cinematographer: Roberto Correa, A.M.C
Composer: Miles Bergsma

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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 Used to Love Her

Description

Caleb Jackson is a 28 year old hip-hop journalist, who lives in present day Los Angeles. He works at “Mighty Menace” - the online bible of all things hip hop, fashionable, and urban. Unfortunately, as a writer, his salary does not afford him the ability to pay his bills or rent in a timely manner. A friend tells him about an opportunity as a part time dating columnist at The LA Chronicles; which he ultimately takes. -Under an alias, he writes about his personal love life and his closest friends' romantic experiences as well; which create juicy details for his column.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
ROMEL ROSE
LIDIA MARTINEZ
KEVIN PALAFOX    
DAVID ROMO
YAZMIN MONET WATKINS
NEKIA RENEE
SAM JOHNSON
JOSH ODSESS-RUBIN
NIGEL COX
STEPHEN SIMON
LAUREN DAGGETT
ELLE SUNKARA
CANDACE CHAMBERS
DENISE YOLEN
CHARISSE FORD
CHASITY SAUNDERS
NICOLE STANLEY
ASHLEY WILKERSON
MARIE VIVO
CIARRA WALTERS

CREATED BY:
STEVEN CHEW

WRITTEN BY: 
STEVEN CHEW 

DIRECTOR: 
STEVEN CHEW 

EXEC. PRODUCER: 
STEVEN CHEW 

SUPERVISING PRODUCER: 
QUAN LATEEF-HILL 

PRODUCER: 
KRISTEN CARTER 

DIR. OF PHOTOGRAPHY: 
KEE HWANG
KAI STREETS 

EDITOR: 
WHITNEY WEIR 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: 
NICK BROOKS

ASSISTANT TO PRODUCERS: 
DESTYNEE MCMICHAEL

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: 
DIONN RICHARDSON

SET DESIGNER/ ART/ WARDROBE: 
MILANA EDWARDS

CASTING ASSOCIATE: 
DIONN RICHARDSON

SET PHOTOGRAPHER: 
ANISSA FOLLEY 

ASSISTANT CAMERA OPERATOR(S):
KWANZAA GOODEN
ERIC KAPTEIN 

SOUND MIXER(S):
ALLEN BROWN
STU CHACON
JOSE GALLO

POST SOUND MIXER: 
STU CHACON

COLORIST: 
KAI STREETS 

MUSIC SUPERVISOR: 
BRIAN ALLONCE 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: 
NASIR FEREBEE
ROME MILLER
RHEA SHANNON

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Jinn

Description

Summer is a carefree, black teenage girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate, crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Zoe Renee
Simone Missick
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Hisham Tawfiq
Dorian Missick
Kelly Jenrette

Director - Nijla Mu'min
Producer - Avril Z. Speaks, Maya Emelle, Arielle Saturne
Director of Photography - Bruce Francis Cole

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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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Kinto

Description

Kinto lives on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, wiping the windscreens of passing cars at stoplight intersections to earn money. Ambushed and beaten by a group of other street boys, a desolate Kinto embraces his identity when he makes an unexpected act of kindness.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Sekai Smart-Macaulay
Justin Hadeed Awn

Director: Joshua Paul
Writer: Joshua Paul
Producers: Saeed Thomas, Leslie-Ann McDowell
Executive Producers: Tomlin Paul, Joshua Paul
Cinematographer: Gareth Cobran

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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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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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Little Woods

Description

For years, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) has helped the struggling residents of Little Woods, North Dakota, gain access to Canadian healthcare: smuggling in their medications, sneaking people across the border for procedures and profiting from drug trafficking on the side. After she’s caught and put on probation, she plans to go legitimate but is driven back into the underbelly of their oil boomtown by her sister, Deb (Lily James).

Directed by Nia DaCosta

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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New Phone, Who Dis? - Featuring Cyanca

Description

A regular guy named Flosslaraunt, bumps into a tree. A stack of money falls from the tree and hits his head, turns out it was a money tree. He shakes the tree, money rains on him and he becomes rich. With his new found wealth, he splurges, until a shady painter takes advantage of Floss's arrogance. When Floss realizes his money is gone, he goes back to the tree, but there is no more money.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Flosslaraunt: Muhammed Freeman
Fela Luti: Lute

Director & Writer: Alexander Hall
Steadicam op: Hudson Stafford
1st AC: Kiefer Andrew

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Otis

Description

A young calm, mentally unstable man attempts to convince his new buddy that they don't belong at a Psych ward by inciting an uprising, While trying to win back the affection of his ex-fiancée and daughter.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Alexander Etseyatse
Dwinsley Homere
Keithen Hergott
Murray Adams
Brian Hibbler
Jenelle Valle Simone
Paul Arthur
Bob Van Lindt
Synciere Smedley
Sarah Baskin
Bettina Goolsby
Jessica Perez

Written & Directed By Alexander Etseyatse
Produced By Ebony Lewis & Lily Johnson
DP by Rashad Frett & TJ Hellmuth

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Pa'lante

Description

Pa’lante (Forward), tells the brave personal stories of local Puerto Ricans five months after they were impacted by Hurricanes Irma/Maria and showcases an Apprentice Program led by volunteers that is teaching locals carpentry.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Bill Keegan
David Angelo
George and Daniel Torres
Rosie Perez
Ramón Rodríguez
Raymond Ortíz
William Bones
Wanda Soto
Cecilia Rivera
Alejandra Castrodad Rodríguez
Gabriela Fernández
Miguel Morales
Luis M. Benítez
Jose Gabriel González
Joseph González
James Noonan
John Delgado
Jose L. Pérez (Chegui) 
Neftali Pérez
Javier De Jesús

Director: Ramón Rodríguez
Producer: Ramón Rodríguez, Karina Silva
Executive Producer: David Angelo, Rosie Perez
Director of Photography: Karina Silva
Editor: Jesús Silva
Sound Mixer: Joseph Watson
Sound Design: Chris Fox
DI Colorist: Donald Freeman
Music: Luis Sanz

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