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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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Don't Be Nice

Description

The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title?

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Lauren Whitehead
Ashley August
Timothy DuWhite
Noel Quinones
Sean "Mega" DesVignes
Joel Francois
Jon Sands

Director: Max Powers
Producers
: Nikhil Melnechuk, Cora Atkinson
Cinematographer: Peter Eliot Buntaine

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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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iRony

Description

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone. Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand-drawn animated film is based on the poem 'Seven Billion' written by the film director that won 2 National poetry awards.

Cast & Credits

Writer/Director/Animator/Editor/Music Composition/Sound Design: Radheya Jegatheva
 
Narrator: Jay Jay Jegathesan

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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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Lazare

Description

Amy, a young orphan living alone in an abandoned cable car winds the key of her mechanical bird. The two friends go to a landfill to scavenge. They wander through the piles of scrap when Amy discovers a giant key. She winds up the old rusty mecanism. The pile starts to tremble and a gigantic hand arises from the garbage.

Cast & Credits

Directors : Mélisandre Hennuyer, Pierre Chupeau, Victor Besseau, Cassandra Haulot, Cyprien Beyaert Cyprien
Music : Lisa Chevalier
Voices :Elise Carret, Amy
Sound : José Vicente, Yoann Poncet – Studio des Aviateurs

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Panic - Featuring Pablo Nouvelle and Fiona Daniel

Description

It has never been easier to fall in love with someone from a different culture than it is today in our globalized world. The early sentiments one feels towards someone who has been socialized differently are filled with curiosity and social pressure causing the irritation of knowing ones own true feelings of love. The music video Panic offers a close insight behind the scenes of a marriage between a western man and an eastern woman showing a broad diversity of emotions.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Nick Lobeck
Hanida Haryani

Artist - Pablo Nouvelle
Editor - Titus Bütler
Coloring - Ramon Königshausen
Director - Maximilian Speidel

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PIMP

Description

 

A female Pimp named Wednesday(Keke Palmer) hits the streets hard entering a male dominant territory, but with money on her mind and a strong hand of growing her stable she pulls a top girl who forces her to choose between love or money.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Keke Palmer
Haley Ramm
Aujanue Ellis
Vanessa Morgan
Mike E. Winfield
Edi Cathegi
DMX     

Executive Producer - Lee Daniels
Writer/Director - Christine Crokos
Producers - Alexis Varouxakis, Victoria Bousis
DOP - Rik Zang

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Respeto

Description

Hendrix dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he’s spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past. Can they turn each other’s lives around before they’re swallowed by their circumstance? The film celebrates the power of verses. This movie is charged with music, rap and poetry expressing the era of violence in the Philippines today.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Abra
Dido de la Paz
Loonie
Chai Fonacier
Sylvester
Nor Domingo
Kate Alejandrino
Brian Arda
Thea Ystaroza

Director: Alberto Monteras II
Screenwriter: Njel de Mesa, Alberto Monteras II
Producer: Monster Jimenez
Line Producter: Kints Kintana
Cinematographer: Ike Avellana
Editor: Lawrence S.Ang
Production Design: Popo Diaz
Sound Design: Corinne De San Jose
Music: Jay Durias

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Run This - Featuring Vinida + DJ Mustard

Description

Music Video for the most popular female rapper in China, Vinida. Produced by DJ Mustard.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Vinida

Director: Arden Tse
Writer(s): Nic Weinfeld, Rikke Heinecke, Arden Tse
Producer(s): Nic Weinfeld, Rikke Heinecke, Arden Tse
Cinematographer: Arden Tse 

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Scandal - Featuring Bashton and Maya Azucena

Description

"Scandal" is a reflection on The City versus Man, Pop Culture, Love, and Death. This is a tale of a man who becomes a powerless witness of his own fall, just like a bee trapped in a spiderweb. This story is told in 2500 surrealistic paintings in 4 minutes.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Renée Myers
Talia Aline
Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx

Directed by Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx
Written and Produced by Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx

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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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The Pushouts

Description

I was in prison before I was even born. so begins the story of Dr. Victor Rios who, by 15, was a high school dropout and gang member with multiple felony convictions and a death wish. But when a teacher's quiet persistence, a mentor's moral conviction, and his best friend's murder converge, Rios's path takes an unexpected turn. Through Rios's personal lens and its interplay with the stories of the young people of YO!Watts, The Pushouts interrogates crucial questions of race, class, & power - and the promise and perils of education - at a particularly urgent time.

Cast & Credits

PRINCIPAL CAST
VICTOR RIOS, PH.D
MARTIN FLOREZ
FLORA RUSS
LOVE JEFFERSON
DULCE
WILLIAM
RYNESHA
IDENIS
 
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / WRITER - KATIE GALLOWAY
CO-DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER - DAWN VALADEZ
PRODUCER / CO-WRITER - DANIELLA BROWER SUEUGA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - SHARON TILLER
EDITOR - STEPHANIE MECHURA
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - MARIO FURLONI

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The Sentence

Description

First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s searing look at the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing through the lens of his own family. Cindy Shank, sister of Valdez and mother of three, is taken from her family to spend 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy charges. Rudy copes with the tragedy by filming his nieces for over a decade to capture the moments his sister misses.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Cynthia Shank
Autumn Shank
Ava Shank
Annalis Shank
Adam Shank
Teofilo Valdez
Armida Mireles
Valentin Valdez
Virginia Valdez
Rudy Valdez
Marjorie Peerce
Tatjana Misulic
Eric Sterling

Director - Rudy Valdez
Producers - Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Executive Producers - Thea Dunlap, Lance Accord, Wendy Neu
Cinematographer - Rudy Valdez
Editor - Viridiana Lieberman
Production Sound - Rudy Valdez
Composer -Sam Bisbee
Co-producer - Geeta Gandbhir, April Hayes
Written By - Rudy Valdez, Viridiana Lieberman
Additional photography - Megan Valdez
Consulting Producer - Perri Peltz, Jamie Lustberg
Assistant Editor - Eric Osman, Will Garofalo
Production Assistants - Megan Valdez, Alan Aja, Miguel Salazar, Camille Amezcua, Neil Knox, Tim O'hara, Phil Toh
Motion Graphics - Benjamin Fine

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Time 2 Surrender

Description

Dino is a disabled Iraqi war vet haunted by the things he's done and is struggling to accept who he's become. He frequently clashes with his straight-laced little brother until one day, Dino is forced to face the truth about his self-destructive behavior, which sets him on a path toward redemption. He discovers that the biggest battle left to fight is within.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Elvis Nolasco
Holly Hyman
Kather Sei
Paulina Cossio,
David McConeghey

Director: Elvis Nolasco
Writer(s): Luis Dalmasy, Elvis Nolasco
Producer(s): Kerry Mondragon
Executive Producer: Spike Lee
Associate Producer: Sonja Perryman
Cinematographer: Salvador Bolivar   

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Wale

Description

An 18 year old youth offender is trying to start his own business as a mobile mechanic. But enterprise isn’t so easy when you’re a young, black male with a criminal past.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Raphel Famotibe
Jamie Sives
Clare Perkins
Roger Jean Nsengiyumva
 
Director -
Barnaby Blackburn
Writer - Barnaby Blackburn
Producers -Edward Speleers, Catherine Slater, Sophie Alexander, Barnaby Blackburn
Cinematographer - Robbie Bryant
 

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We Know Where You Live

Description

When a Mexican American couple moves into a trendy, gentrifying LA neighborhood, two hipsters invite themselves over to offer a "warm welcome." But as the night goes on, it’s clear these neighbors are not what they seem: cold pressed, cold brewed, and cold blooded.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Melinna Bobadilla
Maynor Alvarado
Honora Talbott
Bill Posley

Directed by Honora Talbott
Written by Bill Posley and Honora Talbott
Director of Photography Dan Marks

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