25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase

Greetings film lovers! Please join us for our virtual 25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase.

Reel Black Men Film Festival is an event bringing you phenomenal films helmed by exceptional male filmmakers.

BHERC spotlights shorts created by male filmmakers of African-American descent (Black Men). This screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American male Directors to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent film making process.

Your purchase provides an all access pass to view the films on October 1st at 10:00am PDT ending October 8th at 11:59pm.

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6 Train to Parkchester

Based on a true story, 6 Train to Parkchester is a gripping drama about two brothers (Dirk & Jewelz) from the Southeast section of The Bronx.

DirectorJ. Swain
WriterJ. Swain
ProducerEddie Liriano
Starring Quashawn White, Derek Simmons, T. Shyvonne Stewart, Nathaly Navarro

A Man

Following the day in the life of a young man who is conflicted, stressed, constantly overwhelmed with his thoughts, and battling anxiety. As his day progresses, his thoughts overflow and lead to a head-on collision with unaddressed trauma throughout his life.

DirectorLa`Tia Owens, Davon Cecil
WriterDavon Cecil
ProducerDavon Cecil
Starring Davon Cecil

A Sound To Remember

After losing his singing partner and lover during a jazz club mass shooting, Worthy Love struggles through PTSD and grief to sing again for the first time in 2 years.

DirectorTyler Holmes
WriterTyler Holmes
ProducerMadison Hatchett
Starring Don Cameron, Nicolas McCauley, Keith Flowers


DirectorCole Swanson
WriterCole Swanson
ProducerJustin Aaron Sirkin, Mary Christine Antonovich
Executive ProducerMichael Swanson, Christine Swanson, Jennifer Prikkel, Tina Coumelli,, Robert Duncan, Kianna Naomi, Evan Sirkin, Mina Sirkin
Starring Elija Rashad Reed, Ariana Simone Clay, Cinai Leonard, Vanessa Bell Colloway


A struggling NFL free agent’s relationship with his pregnant fiancé is tested when faced with an untimely conversation the morning of their first prenatal visit.

DirectorRicardo A. Spence
WriterRicardo A. Spence
ProducerRicardo A. Spence
Starring Taylor Harris Butler, Zarette Rogers

Bwa Kayiman

Set in 1791 at the start of the Haitian Revolution, a young woman is determined to break societal norms and join the enslaved men in fighting against Napoleon's French army.


Contagious Swagger

Contagious Swagger is a romantic comedy film about a young Black man visiting his Asian girlfriends' parents’ house for dinner for the first time. His footwear could be the answer to solve a dramatic forbidden love story.

DirectorCalvin Callins Jr.
WriterCalvin Callins Jr.
ProducerJustin James Colón, Lucas McFarland
Starring Elvis Casely, Michael Huynh, Melissa Chin, Pang Thad

Dark Falls

Since 2008, different groups of terrorists and external forces use Dark Falls jungle to attack the country. The government decides to send a man to connect communication lines in Dark Falls to determine who is in the jungle to prevent an attack, but he is faced with mysterious problems.

DirectorEleazar Nsabimana
WriterEleazar Nsabimana
ProducerEleazar Nsabimana
Starring Nsabimana Elisee, Nsabimana Elie


When one of the last free children of Junkyard Paradise has her brother stolen away from her, nothing will stop her from getting him back.

DirectorC. Craig
WriterC. Craig
ProducerMitchell Graham Colley, Anthony Gaitros, Letia Solomon, Brandyn Johnson, Alexa Villareal,, Irina Slepneva
Executive ProducerErik Weaver, Ben Baker, Greg Ciaccio, Tika Sumpter
Starring Kapri Ladd, Trmarri Limbrick, Catherine Kilbourne, Michael Saunders, Notlim Taylor, Tike Sumpter


At the age of 16, Malcolm was convicted of homicide. He converted to Islam, and after 7 years he is released. Now 23 years old, with no diploma, no work history, and no place to go, he returns to his childhood home seeking the forgiveness of his mother

DirectorDavid Orantes
WriterDuran Jones
ProducerDuran Jones


A young man is having a chat with his friend at a restaurant but gets distracted loses focus of the conversation. An experimental short about mindfulness and mental health, FLES (“self “spelled backwards) visualizes the chaotic state of mind and how to use mindfulness to regain focus.

DirectorLochi Kalu
WriterLochi Kalu
ProducerMorta Viva Productions
Starring Promise Agbor, Olamide Otunbade

Golden Flower

Inspired by a True Story: During the 1500's, the Taino Kingdoms of the Caribbean peacefully coexist with nature. One of their Kasiké (Chief), Anacaona maintains peaceful trade with the Spaniards. One fateful day, the greed of their leader Nicolás de Ovando pushes those relationships to the brink. 2022 finds the descendant of de Ovando, Nick who resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend. The antithesis of his forebear, there is hope for the future until one fateful visit.



After the passing of his father, a young man processes the relationship between him and his father.

DirectorPierce Thomas
WriterPierce Thomas
ProducerAmal Qureshi
Starring Marcus Humose, Ejijah, Ray O'Neal, Jamia V.M. Wright

How We Came To Be

Bobby is an expert when it comes to video games but, unemployed. His girlfriend breaks up with him to move on to the next phase of her life. After the heartbreak, Bobby reinvents himself.

DirectorMarquette Jefferson
WriterMarquette Jefferson
ProducerMarquette Jefferson, Maria Guerrero
Executive ProducerMaria Guerrero

Hustle Money

A track and field sprinter must run his race in hopes of escaping three external forces: his exploitative coach, an intrusive photographer, and a greedy businessman. He runs past historic footage depicting components of his plight and loses concentration when he sees the three antagonistic forces emerge from the shadows.


I Am More Dangerous Dead

A poetic tribute to Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed after exposing the Nigerian government and Big Oil’s exploitation of his native land.

DirectorMajive Uchibeke
ProducerDenzel Jenkins, Miles Lagoze

In The Static

A paranoid woman returns to work after witnessing a traumatic experiment in her office's laboratory, only to discover her coworkers may be trying to kill her.

DirectorRobert Butler II
WriterDan Fernandez
ProducerCamille Corbert
Executive ProducerBen Lopez
Starring Dani Fernandez, Camille Corbert, Chris Renfro, Annie Bond


Basketball connects Jerome to his long-absent father, though not in the ways he wishes. As he struggles to accept his family’s shortcomings, Jerome questions who he and who he'll become.

DirectorGianfranco Fernández-Ruiz
WriterGianfranco Fernández-Ruiz
ProducerGianfranco Fernández-Ruiz, Santi Naidoo, Ben O’Keefe
Executive ProducerAdam Wescott, Nick Phillips, McKenna Marshall, Selena Leoni, Duran Jones
Starring Elias Walker, Aries Sanders


On New Year’s Eve, 1999, the prediction of the end of the world creates a power struggle between a ruthless dictator, his right-hand man, and a scribe.

DirectorKendall Outing
WriterKendall Outing
ProducerMaci Parker
Starring Janelle Deloatch, Kade Smith, Courtney Powell

Just One Small Thing

When a call home prompts Marques to visit his father, he must push past his urge to procrastinate in order to finally confront the truth behind his relationship with his father.

DirectorSam Sanders IV
WriterSam Sanders IV
ProducerKeith Davies
Starring Elias Ferguson, Dominic Oliver, Lili Bernard, Lena Cole Dennis, Alvern Stewart

Pictures Only

Set in 1950s Bronzeville, Louise Parker is facing eviction from her home. Desperate to keep her independence and status, she is introduced to a lucrative performing opportunity. While attempting to keep this new venture a secret, she simultaneously gains popularity, risking being exposed and disowned by her mother. She is left with two choices, become the headliner, or allow her family to lose everything.

DirectorCharles A. Honeywood
WriterCharles A. Honeywood
ProducerJennifer Karum, Ryan Atkins
Executive ProducerOzell Barnes, Nerissa Morris, Jamal Joshua, Charles A. Honeywood, Ben Honeywood,, Jerriel Ryan
Starring Lela Parker, Josephine Carter, Malba Brown, Darian Tene

25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase


  • 24 Hour Day Pass provides full festival access for 24 hours starting when you play the first film, or until the end of the festival if sooner.
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